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Catarina Macario’s brace lifts Lyon over PSG in Champions League semis

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The all-French classic between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain lived up to the hype during a thrilling first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinals on Sunday.

Lyon came out on top, defeating PSG 3-2 in a rollercoaster game that featured penalties and defensive breakdowns.

PSG took the lead in the sixth minute when Marie-Antoinette Katoto beat the Lyon goalkeeper near post to put her side up 1-0.

Lyon defender Wendie Renard, after getting beaten by Katoto on the opening goal, slotted in a penalty kick for the equalizer in the 23rd minute.

Ten minutes later, Catarina Macario gave Lyon the lead. Ada Hegerberg picked off a weak goal kick from the PSG keeper and played it into the American forward, who finished from close range.

Macario added to her tally after the break, pouncing on a PSG defensive error and putting Lyon up 3-1 with a goal in the 50thΒ minute.

Eight minutes later, PSG defender Paulina Dudek converted a penalty kick to cut Lyon’s lead to one.

Lyon held off PSG’s late push to take the first leg by one goal. The teams meet again on Saturday in the second leg of the Champions League semifinals.