Champions League: Wolfsburg beats Paris thanks to penalties
The footballers of VfL Wolfsburg won the evening in Paris’s Prinzenpark and are in the semi-finals of the Champions League one step closer. Coach Tommy Stroot’s team won the first leg of the quarter-finals on Wednesday at Paris Saint-Germain, second in the French championship, 1-0 (0-0) and has a good starting position for the second leg on March 30 (6:45 p.m., DAZN) in the Volkswagen Arena with.
VfL defender Dominique Janssen decided the game in favor of the Wolves with a hand penalty after video evidence (62nd minute), who should go into the top Bundesliga game on Saturday against rival Bayern Munich (5:55 p.m., ARD) full of self-confidence. Paris, who lost Elisa de Almeida in the penalty scene because of yellow-red and had to play outnumbered for the last half hour, now need a win at Lower Saxony next Thursday to progress.
Chelsea are also in a good position against Lyon
The first surprise came even before kick-off: national player Lena Oberdorf, who was not scheduled for the game due to a sprained knee, was in the starting line-up. “The healing process has progressed rapidly. She has been completely pain-free for two days,” said Ralf Kellermann, sporting director of the VfL women: “If it were different, we wouldn’t take any risks.” The Wolves started nervously with Oberdorf, but then came up with the first chance out of nowhere: A pass from Paris goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi landed directly at Ewa Pajor, and de Almeida blocked the Pole’s attempt (11′). On the other side, the ex-Wolfsburg player Ramona Bachmann failed after a good half hour at Merle Frohms.
In the second round, referee Rebecca Welch initially pointed to the spot after an alleged foul by Wolfsburg’s Marina Hegering on Sakina Karchaoui (54′). Then the VAR reported: Before contact with Karchaoui, the DFB player had touched the ball slightly – no penalty. Shortly thereafter, Oberdorf headed de Almeida’s hand after a corner, and VAR interrupted the game again: the French player was sent off and VfL were penalized. Janssen took the chance and converted.
Previously, Chelsea had put themselves in a good starting position. The English series champions won 1-0 at reigning Champions League winners Olympique Lyon with a goal by Guro Reit (28th).