Lyon vs Juventus Women's Champions League preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, starting line-ups
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Juventus lead seven-time champions Lyon 2-1 going into Thursday's second leg at OL Stadium.
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Juventus are dreaming of reaching the 21 May final in their home stadium and hold a 2-1 lead over seven-time champions Lyon ahead of Thursday's second leg at OL Stadium.
Lyon looked odds on to be taking a UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final lead home when they led at Juventus Stadium through Catarina Macário, and it might have been more than 1-0 at half-time. But not long after the hour Ellie Carpenter was sent off, and Cristiana Girelli and Agnese Bonfantini scored to earn the latest dramatic Juve win in this competition.
Juventus had already triumphed at Wolfsburg and draw at Chelsea in the group stage to progress ahead of the English champions, last season's beaten finalists. Now, if Lyon want to progress to face yet another European showdown with Paris Saint-Germainn, they cannot afford to fail to beat Juve, though unlike when they went out to Paris to end their five-year reign last season at this stage, Lyon at least cannot be eliminated on away goals.
Last six games (most recent result first): LWDWWW
Last match: Juventus 2-1 Lyon, 23/03 (UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals first leg)
Where they stand: 1st in Division 1 Féminine
Last six games: WWWWDL
Last match: Juventus 3-1 Inter, 27/03
Where they stand: 1st in Serie A, Coppa Italia semi-finals
Lyon: Endler; Mbock Bathy, Buchanan, Renard, Bacha; Horan, Egurrola, Macario; D Cascarino, Ada Hegerberg, Malard
Misses semi-final first leg if booked: Egurrola
Juventus: Peyraud-Magnin; Lenzini, Gama, Sembrant, Boattin; Rosucci, Pedersen, Cernoia; Bonansea, Girelli, Hurtig
Misses semi-final first leg if booked: Bonansea, Bonfantini, Rosucci
No away goals rule
The away goals rule no longer exists in UEFA club competition. If the tie is level after 90 minutes of the second legs, it will go to extra time and, if necessary, penalties.
View from the camps
Sonia Bompastor, Lyon coach: "We approach the match with total confidence. We still have our destiny in our hands. We have the qualities to win this match, to score goals. I am convinced we have the potential to beat this team by two goals. The situation is different with the away goals rule, which no longer exists. We want to score as many goals as possible to be sure and achieve our aim, which is qualification."
Wendie Renard, Lyon captain: "The tie is decided over two matches. The first did not go well. We have 90 minutes left to put that right. We must be conquerors. I felt frustrated after the first leg. We weren't satisfied."
Joe Montemurro, Juventus coach: "Lyon are obviously still favourites. We're talking about a team with great champions and a great Women's Champions League history. Lyon play at home and have had eight days of rest. We have to be realistic and say it: 'They are favourites.' But we are here to play."
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Juventus goalkeeper: "At the beginning of the season, I didn't think we would get to a match like this, but we got here by working hard and we can't wait to play a great match. Coming back to Lyon is a pleasure; I'm happy to be here with Juve. We will need great determination and a big heart. We've showed what we know how to do and we want to be up to the match that awaits us."
Where to watch
Every game in this season's new-look UEFA Women's Champions League from the group stage onwards is broadcast live in most territories on streaming platform DAZN, together with YouTube. The YouTube stream will also be embedded in the UEFA.com MatchCentre and on UEFA.tv for all UEFA Women's Champions League games, with highlights to follow at midnight CET.