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Football: PSG hope home helps in French battle

The second legs of the women's Champions League semi-finals take place on Saturday as Paris Saint-Germain look to come from 3-2 down when they host French rivals Lyon.

The final of the 2021/22 women's Champions League is drawing near with four teams remaining in the competition - Barcelona, Wolfsburg, Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon.

Defending champions Barca already have one foot in the final - which will take place at Juventus' Allianz Stadium on 21st May - after sealing an emphatic 5-1 win over Wolfsburg in the first leg of their semi-final tie at the Nou Camp.

However, it's all to play for between PSG and Lyon after the latter edged to 3-2 win when they squared off at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on 24th April.

Lyon looking to complete the job

Lyon are no strangers to the latter stages of the Champions League and they boast the record for the most victories in the competition, having lifted the trophy on seven occasions.

Les Fenottes were the dominant force between 2015 and 2020, winning five titles in a row, however, that run was ended last season when Barca defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the final in Gothenburg.

Eager to reclaim their European crown, Lyon also have revenge on their mind when they attempt to overcome a PSG side who sent them packing in last season's quarter-finals.

After Lyon won the first-leg in Paris 1-0, PSG ran out 2-1 victors in the return to advance on away goals and set up a semi-final tie with Barca.

The Parisians came up just short against the Catalans, suffering a 3-2 aggregate defeat and the two French sides face a crucial 90 minutes on Saturday, with Barca their likely opponents in the final.

Lyon lead 3-2 after a dramatic first leg and there's every reason to believe the return fixture will be just as tasty.

The away goals rule has been abolished this term, therefore Lyon don't need to be too concerned about the two they conceded at home.

PSG trail leaders Lyon by five points in Division 1 Feminine, but there's often little to choose between the two clubs when they go toe-to-toe.

The capital club sent Lyon out of the Coupe De France earlier this term, winning 3-0, and that home victory could offer inspiration for Saturday's second leg.

Catalans continuing to blossom

Barcelona have become accustomed to success domestically, but last season's Champions League triumph may well be the dawn of a new era on the European stage.

The Spanish outfit reached their first Champions League final in 2018/19, losing 4-1 to Lyon, before exiting at the semi-final stage courtesy of a 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg in 2019/20.

They have looked a cut above every side they've come into contact with in this season's edition, winning their group with maximum points, while scoring 24 and conceding just one.

Jonatan Giraldez's side then defeated Real Madrid 8-3 in the quarter-finals and another emphatic aggregate score is on the cards in their semi-final.

Alexia Putellas has been key to their run, scoring a competition-high 10 goals, including two in the 5-1 first-leg victory over Wolfsburg.

Such is the draw of Barcelona's women at present that 91,648 turned out for that win at the Nou Camp - the highest attendance for a women's game since 1971, when 110,000 packed the Estadio Azteca to watch Mexico face Denmark.

It's worth noting that Wolfsburg do sit at the top of Bundesliga women and have already lifted the DFB-Pokal, but they don't appear to be a match for the Catalans and a four-goal deficit is surely far too great to be overturned.

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