A small event occurred this Wednesday evening at the Jean-Bouin stadium: PSG finally scored in the Champions League. After two meetings without finding the way to the nets against Chelsea (0-1) then at Real Madrid (0-0), PSG finally scored their first goals in C1 and at the same time signed their first success in the group stage by dominating the Albanian team of Vllaznia (5-0).
“You have to be honest: if we don’t win tomorrow, it’s because we have nothing to do in the quarter-finals”had warned Gérard Prêcheur, the Parisian coach, impatient to see his daughters finally unlock their goal counter while, paradoxically, his team has the best attack in D1 (20 goals in 8 matches).
Geyoro scores PSG’s first goal in C1
Deprived of Kadidiatou Diani, their number 1 offensive asset in the absence of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, injured (adductor discomfort), the Parisiennes had great difficulty opening the scoring against a team that had conceded ten goals in the two previous matches in the Champions League – including eight at Chelsea alone – and who did not want to leave with a new suitcase. Grouped into two compact lines of five and four, the Albanians delayed the deadline for a long time, defending intelligently but also thanks to Kaylin Williams-Mosier, their rather inspired goalkeeper, before yielding twice at the end of the first period.
The first when Grace Geyoro, the Parisian captain, opened the scoring after being perfectly launched full axis by Ashley Lawrence (39th). Five minutes later, Sakina Karchaoui’s shot deflected by Matilda Gjergji allowed Paris to double the lead (44th). The Parisiennes then obtained a penalty when Williams-Mosnier hooked Ramona Bachmann, who strangely took a little time to fall after the contact (59th).
The Swiss herself took charge of transforming it to give her team a three-goal lead (60th). Scorer against Montpellier (2-2) then against Bordeaux (3-0), Sandy Baltimore struck again to give more scope to the victory of his team (76th, 4-0). Taking advantage of a new good service from Lawrence, Magnaba Folquet participated in the offensive festival (85th, 5-0).
Return match on December 6
If the Parisiennes are still far from having obtained their ticket for the quarterfinals, they are at least reassured before the start of the return phase which will begin with a trip to Albania on December 6, then with the reception of Real a week later before a perilous trip to London to face Chelsea on December 22, three days before a Christmas that Parisiennes hope will be happy.