PSG Women 0 Manchester United Women 1

Tuesday 16 August 2022 22:38

United Women beat Paris Saint-Germain by one goal to earn a place in the final of the Amos Women's French Cup 2022.

Second-half substitute Lucia Garcia made an instant impact to set up our captain, Katie Zelem, for the decisive strike. 

The lay-off was taken in her stride by Zelem, who curled a shot beyond Lydia Williams in the PSG goal with the outside of her foot in the 66th minute.  

United will now face Bayern Munich in the final on Friday evening, after the Germans beat FC Barcelona with a late winner.
Katie Zelem, scorer of the only goal as United beat PSG, surges forward.


Paris Saint-Germain had the best of the chances in the opening half. Nina Ngueleu came agonisingly close to opening the scoring for her side, through on goal one-v-one against Sophie Baggaley after 15 minutes - but failed to convert as the United keeper blocked her effort. 

PSG's Élisa de Almeida almost delivered the breakthrough minutes before the interval, but Baggaley was once against called into action for the Reds and parried the looping effort away.

Skinner's side were unabe to create any clear-cut chances in the opening 45. But new signing Adriana Leon was at the heart of the action, and proved difficult for the Parisians to defend against. 

The boss had a wealth of talent to turn to on the bench but opted to keep things the same heading into the second half.

New signing Adriana Leon puts a PSG defender under pressure.


PSG enjoyed lengthy spells of possession in the second 45, putting United's defence to the test. Estelle Cascarino came the closest to scoring, but her goal-bound effort was blocked by full-back Ona Batlle.

Despite creating plenty of shooting opportunities, many of the French club's efforts sailed over Baggaley's goal without testing her. 

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.

Jackie Groenen on the ball.

And the impact was immediate, with the two linking up to get the Reds up the pitch into a goal-scoring opportunity, but no-one could convert Lucy Staniforth's cross. 

Tricky play around the edge of the area allowed Garcia to lay the ball off to Zelem, whose curling effort would give the game its opening - and only - goal of the game. Our new Spanish forward was involved once again ten minutes later, lifting the ball into the box for Clinton, whose header was saved well by Williams in the PSG goal. 

Going into the closing minutes of the 90, Skinner's team managed the game well to nullify the threat of Paris and see out a hard-fought victory. The Reds can now look forward to Friday's final against Bayern Munich..

Maria Thorisdottir brings the ball out of defence.

United: Baggaley; Battle, Thorisdottir, Le Tissier, Blundell; Zelem (c), Boe Risa (Clinton, 64), Groenen (Moore, 75); Staniforth (Hanson, 75), Leon (Garcia, 64), Galton. 

Subs not used: Middleton-Patel, Thomas, Ladd, C. Williams, Murphy, Simpson, Barry.

Goal: Zelem, 66. 

Booked: Baggaley, Blundell, Clinton, Zelem.