Debutants in the Uefa Women’s Champions League Real Madrid were outclassed by last season’s semifinalist, Paris Saint Germain at the Parc des Princes.
The French capital side were given the honours to use the men’s stadium, making it the sixth time they will use the 47,929 capacity stadium in European tournament. With over 18,000 spectators present at the stand on Tuesday.
PSG were dominant from the very beginning, giving the visitors a lesson in passing football and forcing the Real Madrid side to defend deep inside their half.
Olle Nicole’s women didn’t wait long to find the back of the net. The Division one highest goal scorer Marie-Antoinette Katoto, dribbled pass Real Madrid’s French goalkeeper Meline Gerard in the 13th minutes, after receiving a pass from captain Grace Geyoro to put the ball in an empty net.
A cross from Ashley Lawrence was diverted by Real Madrid’s Maite Oroz towards her own goal post. And Sara Däbritz was at the right place at the right time to tap in the second goal of the night for PSG.
Marie-Antoinette Katoto powered in a header off a corner kick from Sara Däbritz nine minutes into the second half, to extend the home side lead.
Madrid’s misery culminated in an own-goal as a mis-hit clearing attempt by Rocío Gálvez ended up in her team’s net.
Reacting after the win, PSG’s coach praised his team’s consistency and dedication.
“We have a project on the season, we have been working on a game project for 4 months and that over time everyone is able to hit anyone.
“That’s why you have to be very attentive. We didn’t have to play the game before! We concentrated. We concentrated. We had to be very strong collectively. On the way and consistency I am very satisfied.
“The team had about ten days to prepare. The team played a very, very serious game. The team took matters into their own hands with ideas and principles and they had a very, very good game.” Olle Nicole said.
PSG move into pole position in Group B with nine points, while Madrid drop to second with six points. Zhytlobud and Breidablik both have one point each after playing a goalless draw.
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