8 minutes: Sandy Baltimore has another chance against United’s defense, but fails to connect with a teammate. It was a very quick start.
7 minutes: Geyse gets the ball and, although isolated, just continues to run towards the defenders before finally being closed down at the edge of the area by De Almeida.
6 minutes: Baltimore looks likely to give Hannah Blundell a busy night and gets past the left back to relieve a cross headed in by Jayde Riviere.
4 minutes: Geyse turns his marker and passes the ball left to Toone, whose cross is cut out. PSG makes the break, with a deep cross from Le Guilly cleared with numbers in the area.
2 minutes : United’s first attack ends when Toone is penalized for a foul. On the other end, the crowd boos Mary Earps for hitting a few keys before fading out the back.
After a minute of silence for the victims of the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine, we begin. There is a large crowd at the Parc des Princes which makes a lot of noise.
The teams are out at the Parc des Princes and kick-off is imminent.
A change of form this evening for United with Gabby George absent; the defender cruelly suffered a torn ACL for the second time in her career. Maya Le Tissier moves to central defense, while Geyse is preferred ahead of Lucía García.
For PSG, Clare Hunt replaces Oriane Jean-François, injured in the first leg. The official UEFA team sheet shows Sandy Baltimore and Sakina Karchaoui operating as wingers in a 3-5-2 formation.
There are already plenty of matches happening tonight – and one score in particular is catching the eye. Paris FC lead 1-0 at Wolfsburg and lead 4-3 on aggregate. The Ligue 1 side also missed a penalty in the first half. Last year’s finalists need an answer, otherwise they will be eliminated before the group stage…
Some great pre-match reading here, as PSG’s new star striker, Tabitha Chawingaspeaks with Osasu Obayiuwana for our weekly Moving the Goalposts newsletter.
Paris Saint-Germain (3-5-2): Kiedrzynek; Le Guilly, De Almeida, Hunt; Baltimore, Albert, Groenen, Geyoro (c), Karchaoui; Martens, Chawinga.
Substitutions: Picaud, Samoura, Payne, Katoto, Bachmann, Fazer, Calligaris, Vangsgaard, Tounkara, Ana Vitória, Traoré, Elimbi Gilbert.
Manchester United (4-3-3): Headsets ; River, Le Tissier, Turner, Blundell; Naalsund, Zelem (c), Toone; Geyse, Malard, Galton.
Substitutions: Middleton-Patel, Tullis-Joyce, Guerrero, Ladd, Evens, L García, Miyazawa, Parris, Williams.
Manchester United are a club with big ambitions in women’s football, but just reaching the group stages of the Champions League this season will be a big achievement. Paired with twice-beaten finalists PSG in a brutally difficult play-off, they will be the underdogs in the second leg at the Parc des Princes this evening.
Marc Skinner’s team was sufficiently combative in the first leg, with a 1-1 draw, to show that an upset is entirely possible. “We have to come in and defend as a team,” the United manager said this week. “They will create chances… we have to use our chances as much as possible.” It was a formula that worked at home, with United securing a draw despite PSG dominating 16-7 on shots and 7-2 on shots on target.
This competition will surely expand in the future, and the teams that finish second in the WSL and Ligue 1 Féminine will not often meet until the group stages. All the more reason, therefore, to enjoy what looks like a return European meeting with a feeling of real danger. It is enough to ask Arsenal, beaten by its neighbor PSG, Paris FC in the previous round, about the dangers of these roadblocks.
The star hosts expect to progress tonight, but come up against ambitious opponents who refuse to be written off. And what better way to announce yourself on the European scene than by releasing one of its biggest names? Kick-off is 8pm in Paris, 7pm BST.