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Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain Women's Champions League preview

Barcelona welcome Paris on Sunday with their semi-final finely balanced at 1-1.

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Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain face off for a UEFA Women's Champions League final place on Sunday with little to tell between the teams after their 1-1 first-leg draw.

See what happened in the first leg


Jenni Hermoso struck early for the visitors last Sunday, her competition-leading sixth in Europe this season. But Alana Cook got her first professional goal to level for Paris, having been switched to right-back to allow Ashley Lawrence to move into wide attack in the injury absence of Kadidiatou Diani, who also misses out on the trip to Barcelona.

Barcelona themselves will have Patri Guijarro back from suspension and also the option of starting Asisat Oshoala, who came off the bench in the first leg after a spell out following foot surgery. Reaching the final would not be new territory for either side; Paris made it in 2015 and 2017 (overcoming Barcelona in the second of those semis) while the Blaugrana got there in 2019.

Form guide

Barcelona

Last six games: WWWWLW
Last match: Madrid CF 0-2 Barcelona, 28/04
Where they stand: 1st in Primera División, Copa de la Reina quarter-finals

Paris Saint Germain

Last six games: DWWWLW
Last match: Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Barcelona (UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final first leg), 25/04
Where they stand: 2nd in Division 1 Féminine

First-leg scorers Jenni Hermoso and Alana Cook
First-leg scorers Jenni Hermoso and Alana CookGetty Images

Possible line-ups

Barcelona: Paños; Torrejón, Pereira, Mapi León, Ouahabi; Losada, Guijarro, Putellas; Graham Hansen, Hermoso, Martens

Paris: Endler; Cook, Paredes, Dudek, Morroni; Geyoro, Formiga, Däbritz; Lawrence, Katoto, Baltimore

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View from the camps

Lluis Cortes, Barcelona coach: "We can compete against anyone and therefore we can beat Paris. If we do things right, we will have chances to get through. We will have to watch out for counterattacks."

Patri Guijarro, Barcelona midfielder: "Our stadium is a stronghold. Having fans will give us extra energy and extra motivation. For myself and the club it would be very special to make a second final."

Olivier Echouafni, Paris coach: "Everything remains possible. We had a little more time to prepare for this return match. We knew the qualities of this Barcelona team. They showed them to us in the first leg. But now, we will do everything to qualify. There will be 90 minutes, maybe 120. Maybe penalties. But now, everything is everything is possible. We have this ability to play good away games and often puncture the defences of opposing teams."

Irene Paredes, Paris captain: “It will be a battle between two big teams who want to go to the final. We will have to win tomorrow. We are forced to score following the first leg result. We have confidence in ourselves."