UWCL: Bayern win with confidence at PSG, Kerr’s hat-trick for Chelsea

Bayern Munich traveled to Paris-Saint-Germain on the second day of the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage. Both were in dire need of a victory, but the Munich team finally achieved it. Bayern’s other Group C match was won by BK Häcken and in Group D Sam Kerr scored three times for Chelsea.

One goal is enough for an away victory

It was clear to both teams that they did not want to take any risks. The match was very balanced and took place largely in midfield. Bayern were slightly superior and had the better of a few penalty area scenes. Munich’s lead nearly fell thanks to an own goal in the 7th minute because Paris’ Jade Le Guilly played a back pass against the head of their goalkeeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek. The former Wolfsburg player has just recovered the ball in front of the line.

In the 14th minute, Lea Schüller passed to Klara Bühl, whose attempted leg shot was defended by Kiedrzynek. But in the 21st minute, the moment had come. After a foul on Zadrazil, Klara Bühl took a free kick into the penalty area, Glódis Viggósdóttir headed the free kick to the far post and Magdalena Eriksson then scored in the middle; the ball would probably have entered the goal even without his intervention. On the other hand, Grace Geyoro hit the small net in the 23rd minute.

For a short period, Paris had better access in duels and recovered good balls in midfield, but there was little convergence forward. Generally speaking, PSG’s game seemed very random. Bayern had the best chance to make it 2-0 in the 27th minute when Jovana Damnjanović headed in strongly against Sakina Karchaoui and from the right side in the box Schüller narrowly missed. Grohs also had his moments and parried a Marie-Antoinette Katoto header from a corner in the 36th minute.

There was a scene worth talking about in the 41st minute, when Linda Dallmann was brought down during a duel with Élisa De Almeida – a possible penalty, but the situation was not called. At this point, Bayern Munich had to be accused of largely controlling the game but neglecting their own chances.

After the break, Sydney Lohmann replaced Schüller and at PSG, Amalie Vangsgaard replaced Katoto. And PSG had more shots in the second half than in the first half, with Grohs having to save with a (Site notre bureau spécialisé) save against Chawinga in the 53rd, sparked by a pass from Vangsgaard. It was the best Parisian scene yet, and PSG also put together a few set pieces afterwards.

The replacement of Ramona Bachmann made the PSG match a little more lively, not every scene was incredibly dangerous, but Bayern Munich only led 1-0. Substitute Lina Magull had another chance to score the second goal after a superb pass from Bühl in the 89th minute, but her shot was deflected for a corner. Due to several interruptions and discussions on the sidelines, there was a long injury time of seven minutes, but the Munich team eventually took the lead confidently and with good coordination as time went on.

In other places

During Bayern Munich’s second Group C match, Valentina Giacinti scored with a volley for Roma against Ajax (5th). The Italian international also took advantage of an error by Amsterdam goalkeeper Regina van Eijk to make the score 2-0 (14th). The Dutch had their own chances, but Rome’s Camelia Ceasar made a safe save and Manuela Gugliano made it 3-0 with a volley after the break. Roma currently top the table ahead of Bayern Munich in second place, both with four points.

In the Group D match between BK Häcken and Real Madrid, the Spaniards took the lead in the 9th minute thanks to a goal from Signe Bruun and then completely controlled the match. But Rosa Kafaji managed to equalize in the 59th minute. And it was also she who delivered the decisive pass to give the Swedes the advantage, playing from the left towards Katariina Kosola, who hit the left corner (76th). This means that Häcken is at the top of the Group D standings.

In the second match of the group, Chelsea met Paris FC and took the lead thanks to Sam Kerr (30th), but had to accept the equalizer in the 38th minute on a header from Parisian central defender Théa Greboval – neither Ann-Katrin Berger Lauren. James managed to save before the line.

But Australia’s best striker, Sam Kerr, simply kept going for the Blues after the break and scored a hat-trick (48′, 55′) to make it 3-1. The 2:1 should not have counted due to an offside, the 3:1 was made by Ann-Katrin Berger with a long ball. Sophie Ingle set the table with a 4-1 victory in stoppage time. Chelsea moved up to second place in Group D.

Today’s games at a glance

Paris Saint-Germain – FC Bayern Munich (0:1)

BK Hacken – Real Madrid 2:1 (0:1)

AS Roma – Ajax Amsterdam 3:0 (2:0)

Chelsea FC – Paris FC 4:1 (1:1)