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A Maren Mjelde penalty secured a 2-1 win and sent 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam to the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Olympique Lyonnais, finalists for the last four seasons and unbeaten at home in more than seven years. Lyon goalscorer Camille Abily said "it will hurt" to watch the rest of this season's competition on TV, while Stefanie Draws, who got Potsdam's opener, only hoped that a last-eight draw against VfL Wolfsburg would not tarnish her side's joy.
Stefanie Draws, Potsdam defender
We knew that it would be difficult, but we have a good team and we believed that we stood a chance. We went in to it as a team and wanted to give everything. At 1-1 we knew that we had a chance. We knew Lyon from the previous years. It is something special to win against such a top team. That's is why we cannot describe it – we are just happy.
It doesn't matter if I was the scorer, it was more important to score the equaliser quickly and before half-time. I think that at 1-1, everything was possible. In the draw, first of all we want to avoid Wolfsburg and an all-German duel, but actually we're ready for everything.
Bernd Schröder, Potsdam coach
Lyon coach Patrice Lair is a friend of mine and I can understand what he is going through. My own feelings are more positive – I am really happy. We beat a team that was the big favourite in the Champions League. I think it will only sink in tomorrow. Now we are one of the top favourites – whoever beats Lyon has to be among the favourites. I hope that we get a good draw; perhaps not against our rivals from Wolfsburg, but another team.
Camille Abily, Lyon midfielder
It's difficult for us, because going out in the round of 16 after having played four finals in a row is very tough.
It went very fast. After scoring that first goal we thought that things would be easy. I think that the fact that they scored right before half-time showed they were strong mentally and they managed to come back. We weren't strong enough. A penalty is always cruel. It brings back bad memories of last season against Wolfsburg.
It will be difficult. It is up to us now to come together and get stronger because we want to win the league and the French Cup. We will need to focus on that. But it's true that it will be tough to get over it. It is very cruel. It will be difficult to watch the Champions League on TV – it will hurt.
Patrice Lair, Lyon coach
We were dominated physically, we were very clumsy technically. When you don't play good football, it slaps you in the face, and that's what happened.
I am disappointed, but their win is not undeserved because I always put great emphasis on values like courage and mental strength, and tonight we didn't show them. Some of my players were crying in the dressing room and I told them that it really got on my nerves. There's no point crying in the dressing room – you should have responded before that. But hey, no one died: we will keep on working, we will try to respond well in the league.
We've had success for four years now, even though we lost a final, but at least we reached the final [in those four years]. To go out in the round of 16 is disappointing.
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|26||Sarah Bouhaddi (GK)||32||Ann-Katrin Berger (GK)|
|3||Wendie Renard (C)|
|5||Saki Kumagai||4||Johanna Elsig|
|6||Amandine Henry||5||Maren Mjelde|
|8||Lotta Schelin||9||Ada Hegerberg|
|9||Eugénie Le Sommer||10||Julia Simic|
|10||Louisa Necib||21||Tabea Kemme|
|22||Stefanie Draws (C)|
|21||Lara Dickenmann||25||Lisa Evans|
|16||Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (GK)||1||Laura Engler (GK)|
|11||Amel Majri||14||Jennifer Zietz|
|13||Mélissa Plaza||16||Nataša Andonova|
|19||Eve Perisset||18||Alexandra Singer|
|Patrice Lair (FRA)||Bernd Schröder (GER)|
|Kateryna Monzul (UKR)|
|Natalia Rachynska (UKR), Maryna Senikobylenko (UKR)|
|Solenne Bartnik (FRA)|