Wolfsburg 1-1 Paris St-Germain (agg 2-1): Wolfsburg to meet Arsenal in Champions League semi-final

Wolfsburg knocked Arsenal out of the competition last year at the quarter-final stage

Wolfsburg booked a Women’s Champions League semi-final meeting with Arsenal after clinching a narrow 2-1 aggregate win against Paris-St Germain.

Kadidiatou Diani’s goal gave the French side hope but they struggled to convert chances in the second half to level the tie at the Volkswagen Arena.

Wolfsburg will host Arsenal, who knocked out Bayern Munichon 22 April.

In an end-to-end encounter, PSG started on the front foot and thought they had the opener when Diani beat goalkeeper Merle Frohms with a composed close-range finish, but it was ruled offside following a quick video assistant referee check.

Popp started Wolfsburg’s first attacking charge in the 20th minute, linking up with Felicitas Rauch for a one-two pass before sliding into a stunning shot that looped over Sarah Bouhaddi’s head and into the PSG net.

The Germany striker nearly doubled the home side’s lead with a diving header eight minutes later, forcing a superb save from eight-time Champions League winner Bouhaddi.

But the visitors’ hopes of reaching the last four were kept alive when Diani leapt ahead of Wolfsburg’s Dominique Janssen to nod in Sakina Karchaoui’s cross.

Diani, PSG’s biggest goal threat in the first half, left the pitch in tears with a shoulder injury just before the break following a hefty challenge from Kathrin-Julia Hendrich.

Wolfsburg opened the second half strongly and should have put the tie out of PSG’s grasp with Popp, Jill Roord and Svenja Huth all missing glaring chances.

Amalie Vangsgaard threatened for PSG in the latter stages, but the French side struggled to get a proper hold of the game as their opponents continued to push forward.

Wolfsburg held off a late PSG surge in stoppage time to continue their unbeaten run in the Champions League this season.


VfL Wolfsburg Ladies

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Frohms
  • 2Wilms
  • 4Henry
  • 6Janssen
  • 13Rauch
  • 5OberdorfBooked at 66mins
  • 8latte wine
  • 10Huth
  • 14RoordSubstituted forPajorat 73′minutes
  • 23JonsdóttirSubstituted forBrandat 90+3′minutes
  • 11Popp


  • 7Bremer
  • 9Pajor
  • 17Demand
  • 20Wolter
  • 21Blomqvist
  • 24Wedemeyer
  • 28Waßmuth
  • 29Brand
  • 30White
  • 31Hegering
  • 77Kiedrzynek

Paris Saint-Germain Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 50Bouhaddi
  • 12Lawrence
  • 8Geyoro
  • 6Jean-Francois
  • 7KarchaouiBooked at 79mins
  • 18To do
  • 14Hamraoui
  • 10BachmannSubstituted forTraoreat 73′minutes
  • 21BaltimoreSubstituted forAlbertat 62′minutes
  • 11DianaSubstituted forVangsgaardat 45′minutes
  • 22MartensSubstituted forLiat 54′minutes


  • 2Albert
  • 16Picaud
  • 17Thorvaldsdóttir
  • 20Vangsgaard
  • 23Georgieva
  • 26Li
  • 29Traore
  • 30Votíková
  • 34Bad
  • 35Nodding

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