Victory for the Parisians in Montpellier

The Paris Saint-Germain Women's team won 1-0 against their opponents Montpellier HSC this Sunday, March 26 at the Stade Bernard-Gasset in Montpellier, on Matchday 17 of D1.

A few days after the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Wolfsburg, the Parisians were back in the league this Sunday with the objective of catching up with Olympique Lyonnais, who beat EA Guingamp (6-0) the day before and are currently leading the D1 Arkema. To do so, they were heading to Hérault for a top-of-the-table duel against Montpellier, 5th in the standings.

For the match, Gérard Prêcheur lined up Constance Picaud in the Red and Blue goal with a midfield duo composed of Oriane Jean-François and Laurina Fazer. In attack, Jackie Groenen once again accompanied the Baltimore-Bachmann-Diani trio.

The Parisians and Montpellierans neutralised each other during the beginning of the game. It wasn't until after the half-hour mark when Paris got their first clear opportunity. Following excellent work from Kadidiatou Diani, Ramona Bachmann was set free in the box. The opposing goalkeeper threw herself towards the Swiss striker, and a penalty was awarded to the capital club.

Unfortunately, Paris captain Diani saw her shot go wide and the two teams remained level. But two minutes later, the Paris Saint-Germain striker set up Bachmann again for the opening goal. With a powerful right-footed shot, she beat Schmitz and found the back of the net (0-1, 41'). This precious goal allowed the Red and Blue to go back to the changing rooms in the lead.

In the second half, Constance Picaud was forced to make a save from a Skorvankova header to preserve the Parisian advantage. A few moments later, Laurina Fazer managed to break the opposing lines of defence but could not manage to add a second. In the last quarter of an hour, the Héraultaises were causing problems in the Red and Blue box, with opportunities from Petermann and then Mondésir. Gérard Prêcheur's players held firm and even came close to doubling the lead from a double chance which Kadidiatou Diani and Kheira Hamraoui could not finish.

A win that allows the Parisians, who now have 45 points (14 wins and 3 draws), to come back to within a point of OL. Eyes now turn to the quarterfinal second leg of the UEFA Women's Champions League, next Thursday at 6:45pm CET, in Wolfsburg. Three days later, the capital club will face Girondins de Bordeaux on Matchday 18 of D1 Arkema.

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