PSG 3 United Women 1 (4-2 agg)

Wednesday 18 October 2023 21:13

Manchester United have been knocked out of the UEFA Women’s Champions League this evening, following a 3-1 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain (4-2 on aggregate).

The hosts struck first in an evenly posed tie after the first leg, with Lieke Martens able to pick her spot from the edge of the area after 17 minutes. 

We drew level in a blistering start to the second half when Lisa Naalsund finished off a sublime assist from Geyse, but Martens combined with Tabitha Chawinga to restore the Parisians' lead seconds later. 

Sandy Baltimore all but secured the win for PSG, with an audacious chip to make it 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate despite a valiant effort from the Reds. 
The Reds walked out at the Parc des Princes to make yet another bit of history as we played in our first-ever away match in the UEFA Women's Champions League. Unlike last week, where the Parisians were relentless in the opening 20 minutes, this encounter was much more even early on, with United finding our feet quickly in unfamiliar territory. 

It would be the hosts, however, who had the first sight of goal when a ball dropped into the path of Tabitha Chawinga, who managed nick it past the onrushing Mary Earps, but couldn’t quite squeeze it beyond Maya Le Tissier, who recovered quickly to prevent an early opener. 

Skinner’s side were slick in moments, with Geyse notably at the heart of the action. An intricate bit of play between the Brazilian and Jayde Riviere down the right set up the former for our first shot at goal, but her effort was blazed over the bar. 
Just moments later, the French outfit would take the lead courtesy of Martens. Chawinga once again was integral to the move. She drove beyond Riviere before forcing a big save from Mary Earps, but our goalkeeper's diversion fell into the path of the Dutch forward, who had the time to pick her spot and fire PSG ahead. 

Despite going behind, the Reds were spurred on to find an equaliser and ended the first 45 with a handful of chances to draw level. The first of which fell to Melvine Malard who did excellently to evade several players before dragging her effort past the post. 

The second, and biggest of the half, saw Geyse’s high press pay off as she latched onto a stray pass from Elisa de Almeida and found Ella Toone in space, but our no.7’s cushioned effort rolled wide of the mark. 
Naalsund netted her first goal for the club in the second half.

Chasing the game coming into the second half, the Reds returned from the interval in blistering form as we levelled things in the opening two minutes of the restart. It was good combination play down the right once again from Riviere and Geyse, with the latter driving into the box and pulling it back for Naalsund to bury emphatically - her first goal for the club. 

But the joy from Reds inside the Parc des Princes was short-lived, as the hosts immediately restored their lead in the immediate aftermath of our equaliser. Chawinga once more proved the difference maker, setting up Martens for her second of the evening. 

United reset ourselves for yet another push to pull things level and very nearly drew level for a second time through Geyse. After a trick bit of footwork in the box, she unleashed a glove-stinging effort on goal, but it was straight at PSG keeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek. Minutes later, the hosts went down the other end and added their third of the evening, with Baltimore lobbing in from close range, with an audacious effort from a tight angle. 

Galton had a goal ruled out with the Reds trailing 3-1 on the night.

Twenty minutes from time, the Reds no doubt felt hard done by when what looked like a legitimate goal from Leah Galton was ruled out, after our no.11 was deemed to have committed a foul in the process of heading the ball into the net.

We remained relentless in our search for a route back into the game despite the setback though, with Toone hitting the post in the dying minutes of stoppage-time, but it ultimately was not meant to be for United on the night.

The final whistle went soon after the midfielder had hit the woodwork, bringing an end to our European journey in 2023/24.

Geyse was impressive again for United, despite the result.


PSG: Kiedrzynek; Le Guilly, De Almeida, Hunt; Baltimore (Vitoria 90+6), Albert, Groenen, Geyoro, Karchaoui; Martens (Bachmann 73), Chawinga (Katoto 86). 

Unused substitutes: Picaud, Samoura, Payne, Frazer, Calligaris, Vangsgaard, Tounkara, Traore, Elimbi Gilbert. 

Goals: Martens 17, 48; Baltimore 57.

United: Earps; Blundell, Turner, Le Tissier, Riviere (Williams 82); Naalsund (Hinata 65), Zelem, Toone; Malard (Garcia 65), Geyse, Galton. 

Unused substitutes: Middleton-Patel, Tullis-Joyce, Evans, Irene G., Ladd, Parris.

Goal: Naalsund 47.