"We're savouring this historic qualification," Paris Saint-Germain FC's Kenza Dali told UEFA.com after eliminating fellow debutants Peamount United, who are bowing out with honour.
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Paris Saint-Germain FC midfielder Kenza Dali is enjoying a piece of history after they completed a 5-0 aggregate defeat of Peamount United FC which visiting captain Louise Quinn felt was "a bit much".
Having beaten their fellow competition debutants 2-0 in the Republic of Ireland last week, PSG looked on course to progress through the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32. A disciplined Peamount performance restricted PSG to shooting from range before half-time but it was a different story as the visitors pushed forward and the hosts revelled in the extra space and scored three fine goals through Nora Coton-Pelagie, Nonna Debonne and Dali.
We're hugely satisfied and we're savouring this historic qualification for Paris Saint-Germain," Dali told UEFA.com. "We played a lot more football in the second half and got the ball wide. I think that after the break we showed that we were the stronger team both technically and physically."
Dali's fellow midfielder Coton-Pelagie, who scored in both legs of the tie, distinguished between the two matches. "Unlike in the away leg we were good on a technical level today," she said. "In the away leg we were surprised by their solid defensive block. We knew we had to add pace to the game and try to get around them. It paid off for us."
Visiting captain Quinn conceded PSG had the edge but felt the final aggregate score was harsh.
"I think 5-0 on aggregate was a bit much but I do think that over the two legs they were the better side," she said. "The three goals they got today were absolute crackers and a bit unstoppable."
Left-back Grace Murray added: "We changed the formation in the second half and I really don't think it worked to be perfectly honest. We can hold our heads high because we were up against a very good team. We're the first Irish side, men's or women's, to play in the Champions League [proper] and that in itself is a great honour."
PSG, meanwhile, can look forward to next month's round of 16 meeting with 1. FFC Frankfurt, the three-time European champions from Germany, and Dali is expecting a tough challenge. "Frankfurt are a steamroller of a team," she warned. "I played against them when I was at Lyon. They've got really good players and a lot of German internationals. We'll go into the tie to get a result and not just to take part, but I think we'll have to play much better than we did against Peamount."