Women’s Post-Match: Amos Cup Semi-Final vs. PSG

Manchester United Women beat Paris Saint Germain 1-0 in Toulouse last week, advancing to the Amos Women’s French Cup final.

Second-half substitute Lucia Garcia had an instant impact by setting up captain Katie Zelem for the key strike. Zelem didn’t waste the opportunity, curling the shot past Lydia Williams into the PSG net in the 66th minute.

FIRST HALF

Paris Saint-Germain had the best chances in the first half. Nina Ngueleu came astoundingly close to opening the scoring: she found herself headed to goal, 1v1 against Sophie Baggaley after 15 minutes, but failed to convert as the United keeper blocked her effort. 

This summer felt like a tale of two keepers. United celebrated England’s Euros hero, Mary Earps whilst Sophie Baggaley got her chance in pre-season.

PSG’s Élisa de Almeida almost got the breakthrough just before the break, but Baggaley once again parried the effort away.

Although United had no clear chances, it was an opportunity for traveling fans to see new signings, like Adriana Leon. She caused problems for the PSG defence and was a tough opponent for them to defend against.

Marc Skinner had a wealth of talent on the bench but opted to make no substitutions heading into the second half.

New signing Adriana Leon puts a PSG defender under pressure.

SECOND HALF

Paris enjoyed extended periods of possession in the second half, and put United’s defence to the test. Estelle Cascarino came the closest to scoring for the French, but her goal-bound effort was blocked by full-back Ona Batlle.

Despite creating plenty of shooting opportunities, many of the PSG’s efforts sailed over Baggaley’s goal. 

Just after the hour mark both sides made changes – for United fans, it was their first chance to see new signings Lucia Garcia and Grace Clinton in action. The pair had an immediate impact as they got the Reds into a goalscoring opportunity. United took their time, but had finally grown into the game.

Garcia on the edge of the box laid it off to captain Zelem who curled it past the keeper, making the breakthrough for United.

Moments later the Spanish forward was at it again. She lifted the ball into the box for Clinton, whose header was saved well by Williams.

United managed the game well from here on out, defending well to keep a clean sheet en route to the final. They will face Bayern Munich in the final, after the Germans beat FC Barcelona with a late winner.

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