Paris Saint-Germain (0) 0-1 (8) Olympique Lyonnais: Schelin strike seals spot in final

It was a comfortable victory for the visitors, who look to be in imperious form.

Paris Saint-Germain (0) 0-1 (8) Olympique Lyonnais: Schelin strike seals spot in final
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Paris Saint-Germain (0)
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Olympique Lyonnais (8)
Paris Saint-Germain (0): (4-3-3) Berger; Houara-d'Hommeaux, Delannoy, Erika, Morroni; Dahlkvist, Seger, Cruz; Dali, Cristiane (Delie 88'), Rosana (Geyoro 79').
Olympique Lyonnais (8): (4-2-3-1) Bouhaddi; Bremer, M'Bock Bathy (Kumagai 61'), Renard, Tarrieu; Henry (Abily 46'), Kaci; Thomis, Necib, Hegerberg (Le Sommer 46'); Schelin.
SCORE: 1-0, Schelin 44'.
REFEREE: Esther Staubli (SUI). Booked: Houara-d'Hommeaux (33').

Olympique Lyonnais booked their place in the UEFA Women's Champions League final with an 8-0 aggregate win against Paris Saint-Germain.

Lotta Schelin's solitary strike proved the difference in a game that Lyon were largely comfortable in.

Schelin strikes as half-time approaches

PSG knew they had to come out and put on a performance for the 6,000 or so fans that had turned up to watch the second leg, and the hosts didn't disappoint. Kenza Dali and Rosana combined early on to fire out a warning to Lyon that there would be no repeat of the first leg demolition.

However, after surviving the early scare, the visitors started to settle into a rhythm and begin to attack themselves. Schelin was particularly dangerous in the early stages, though Ann-Katrin Berger was in inspired form and made two superb stops to deny the Swede.

The sides then traded blows as the game wore on. A Louisa Nécib free-kick was glanced just wide by Wendie Renard, but that was not before the lively Rosana had fired inches past the post from just outside the area. Jessica Houara-D’Hommeaux's cross for Cristiane set-up a great chance to the Brazilian late on, though she couldn't finish.

Just as it looked like they would be level at the break, Schelin struck with one minute to play. The goal took the forward to 41 Champions League goals for Lyon, a number that has never been reached by a player for a single club. Renard set the Swede on her way, and she made no mistake to slot through Berger's legs.

It was another sturdy defensive showing from Lyon in Paris. | Image source: PSG Feminine
It was another sturdy defensive showing from Lyon in Paris. | Image source: PSG Feminine

Stale second half

With the lead secured, Gérard Precheur brought off both Amandine Henry and Ada Hegerberg at the break. Camile Abily and Eugenie Le Sommer were the replacements, with Lyon's embarrassment of riches on full show.

Unfortunately for the fans inside the stadium, Schelin's goal before the break had knocked the hosts for six. They did try to rouse themselves again but it was more spurts of resistance as Lyon took a steely grip on the game. Nécib came close with a free-kick in the second half, with Rosana continuing to offer resistance from a PSG point of view.

The time gradually ticked down and, as expected, Esther Staubli's final whistle confirmed Lyon's passage to the final. They will face VfL Wolfsburg at the Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia, on May 26th. The Wolves overcame 1. FFC Frankfurt 4-1 on aggregate, and it's fair to say that the two best teams will contest the showpiece game.