How Lyon showed all their “rage” to fire Juve and find PSG in the Champions League

In OL Park,

You almost had to pinch yourself, in early 2022, to believe the three unusually bad results of LOL. Slap in Paris in the French Cup (3-0), draw (1-1) conceded in the derby in D1, and end of the first leg of the quarterfinals of Champions League chaotic (2-1)… Unrecognizable, the seven-time European champion has done all this in two months, to the point of finding himself on the edge of the precipice, receiving juve Thursday afternoon.

Amandine Henry, Melvine Malard and all the Lyon players were able to savor their qualification with their supporters on Thursday at Parc OL.
Amandine Henry, Melvine Malard and all the Lyon players were able to savor their qualification with their supporters on Thursday at Parc OL. – Lyubomir Domozetski/SPP/Blinds

Palpable pressure, after a nightmarish 2020-2021 season without a single title, which left the 20,017 spectators at Parc OL with a glimpse of the worst during a “shy” start (according to Sonia Bompastor). Wendie Renard could have been sanctioned with a penalty after pushing Lina Hurtig (5th) and Selma Bacha had to be heroic to avoid hitting the same Swedish striker from Juve (0-0, 23rd).

Two goals in three minutes thanks to Hegerberg and Malard

“We all knew we needed a first goal to get in, to unblock this game, confesses Ada Hegerberg afterwards. It took a lot of anger to win such an appointment. “The Norwegian striker did not waste half an hour, flying over the Italian defense to free his group (1-0, 33rd).

Ada Hegerberg's goal, after a mixed first half hour of play, had the merit of unlocking Lyon's team, on Thursday against Juve.
Ada Hegerberg’s goal, after a mixed first half hour of play, had the merit of unlocking Lyon’s team, on Thursday against Juve. – Lyubomir Domozetski/SPP/Blinds

The euphoric effect was felt immediately, as Melvine Malard doubled down steadily (2-0, 35th), then virtually qualified for OL. As if by magic, the “relief” of the first goal scored then made it possible to find in many sequences Sonia Bompastor’s team that dominated their field so much during the first part of the season.

“It is important that we continue building our game”

An amazing Griedge Mbock in this full-back position that is not his, a very complementary midfielder (Egurrola, Horan and Macario, before Henry entered the break) and a Delphine Cascarino found in front: OL still enough to succeed in his new European conquest. “We know our qualities but it is important that we continue building our game,” he insists. ada hegerberg. I think we always have room for improvement. It’s obvious, but with 13 shots from 5 and 59% possession on Thursday night, Lyon were up to the task.

To the point of giving away an anthology goal through the young American Catarina Macario (3-0, 73rd), queen of control oriented from the penalty spot. Even the reduction of distance from Andrea Staskova (3-1, 84) did not scare the current leader of D1, as in the first leg. From April 23 to 24, here it is, therefore, who will find PSG in the semifinals of the Champions League, as usual or almost. In fact, it will be the sixth opposition between the two historical rivals in the last 8 seasons on the European scene, with a recent record slightly favorable to OL (3 wins against 2).

“It’s nice to be a footballer and play in front of such an audience”

“We’re starting to get to know each other quite well at PSG,” smiles Ada Hegerberg, proud of her sweet euphemism. It is important for French football and it is impressive to have two teams present in the semi-finals, year after year. We will have to see who will face Barça or Wolfsburg in the final on Saturday, May 21 (7:00 p.m.) at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. The truth is that the star striker with 57 goals in 57 European games enjoyed finding the atmosphere of a great match at Parc OL.

“It is obvious that the fans gave us a great advantage. It’s nice to be a footballer and play in front of such an audience. “Especially when you haven’t had the opportunity to savor this European Cup adrenaline rush for two injury-free seasons, right Ada?

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