Women’s Champions League: thanks to Katoto, PSG beats Ajax (3-1) and takes an option on qualification

Paris had the advantage of knowing the appropriate scenario. Before facing Ajax Amsterdam, new to this Champions League but leader of group C, Jocelyn Prêcheur’s daughters already knew the result of the other group match between AS Roma and Bayern Munich (2-2) and knew that a victory would give them a serious option for qualification to the quarter-finals.

For this important but not necessarily decisive meeting, the women’s PSG set foot on the lawn of the Parc des Princes for the second time, after having played their first match against the Germans at Jean-Bouin, in front of around 7,500 spectators, including a little more of 1,000 ultras who came to make their voices heard in the Auteuil bend. And who even managed to make part of the Paris stand sing and stand up in the second half.

Among those present in the stands, one man must have particularly appreciated the spectacle. Accompanied by his assistants Éric Blahic and Sabrina Viguier (assistant physical trainer of the Bleues), Hervé Renard, the coach of the French team, was able to carefully observe the good form of his internationals Jade Le Guilly, Sakina Karchaoui, Sandy Baltimore but especially Grace Geyoro, involved in two of the three Parisian achievements (1 goal, 1 assist) and Marie-Antoinette Katoto.

One goal per match for over a month

Since December 14 and her team’s success against AS Roma (2-1), the striker has played to high standards, scoring in each of the matches in which she took part. After her double against Bordeaux in D1 Arkema last Saturday (8-1), she did it again by finishing her first two opportunities, including a magnificent acrobatic recovery to break the deadlock (1-0, 7th).

Forgotten the physical problems at the start of the season following his serious knee injury contracted during the 2022 European Championship, the machine now seems to be getting back on track despite a few cramps and an exit before the final whistle (76th). Since the start of the year, the French international has also been galvanized by the arrival of women at the PSG Campus. In an environment that perfectly matches her level of daily requirements, she flourishes fully.

Without forcing, his partners then kept the score against a harmless opponent. More than ever, Parisians have their destiny in their hands. In six days in Munich, they will only need a draw to qualify and get a closer look at the quarter-finals of the Champions League.


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