Paris Saint-Germain FC's UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 tie with Tyresö FF was billed as the strongest ever at this stage and is not disappointing as the teams prepare for Wednesday's second leg.
Last week in Sweden, two Christen Press goals gave ambitious debutants Tyresö a 2-1 win, though the American striker also conceded the penalty that Sabrina Delannoy converted to equalise in the first half. PSG, like their opponents, are fielding an experienced international lineup, including Sweden striker Kosovare Asllani and Press's compatriots Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath, and are disappointed to have to overturn a deficit.
Delannoy told the Parisians' website: "Having an away goal is key but I was a bit frustrated because I managed to convert the spot kick on the one hand but it was my mistake which led to their second goal. I'm sure we'll put pressure on them in this return leg."
PSG coach Farid Benstiti, who led Olympique Lyonnais to the 2010 final, added: "We produced a good game away from home against one of the best teams in Europe. We are a bit frustrated by the draw but we have another game to play. We will have to be ready."
Tyresö, meanwhile, have had an eventful few days since the PSG victory. They beat Göteborg FC 4-1 on Saturday – again with two Press goals – to clinch a European return for next season, only for FCR Malmö to overcome Umeå IK and wrest back the Swedish league crown. Coach Tony Gustavsson has admitted to prioritising this tie over their domestic title defence and on Saturday rested goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger, Verónica Boquete and Caroline Graham Hansen.
Gustavsson took his team to Paris on Monday to get in two days of training on grass away from their normal artificial surface. Brazil forward Marta, a 2004 European champion with Umeå, said: "It feels good to have won [the first leg], but it's not over. We know it will be even tougher over there. They'll have their home crowd behind them."
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