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PSG v Manchester United: Women’s Champions League – live

PSG v Manchester United: Women’s Champions League – live

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Some excellent pre-match reading here, as PSG’s new star striker, Tabitha Chawinga, talks to Osasu Obayiuwana for our weekly Moving the Goalposts newsletter.

Team news

Paris Saint-Germain (3-5-2): Kiedrzynek; Le Guilly, De Almeida, Hunt; Baltimore, Albert, Groenen, Geyoro (c), Karchaoui; Martens, Chawinga.

Replacements: Picaud, Samoura, Payne, Katoto, Bachmann, Fazer, Calligaris, Vangsgaard, Tounkara, Ana Vitória, Traoré, Elimbi Gilbert.

Manchester United (4-3-3): Earps; Riviere, Le Tissier, Turner, Blundell; Naalsund, Zelem (c), Toone; Geyse, Malard, Galton.

Replacements: Middleton-Patel, Tullis-Joyce, Guerrero, Ladd, Evens, L García, Miyazawa, Parris, Williams.


Manchester United are a club with big ambitions in the women’s game, but just getting to the Champions League group stages this season will be a big achievement. Paired with twice-beaten finalists PSG in a brutally tough play-off, they will be second-leg underdogs at the Parc des Princes tonight.

Marc Skinner’s side showed enough fight in the first leg, emerging with a 1-1 draw, to show an upset is entirely possible. “We have to go in and defend as a team,” the United manager has said this week. “They will create chances … we need to use our chances as much as we can.” It’s a formula that worked at home, United getting a draw despite PSG outshooting them 16-7, and 7-2 in shots on target.

This competition will surely expand in future, and the teams who finish second in the WSL and Ligue 1 Féminine won’t be meeting often before the group stages. More reason, then, to enjoy what feels like a throwback European tie with a sense of real jeopardy. Just ask Arsenal, beaten by PSG’s neighbours Paris FC in the previous round, about the dangers of these play-offs.

The star-studded hosts will expect to progress tonight, but are up against ambitious opponents who refuse to be written off. And what better way to announce yourselves on the European scene than by taking out one of its biggest names? Kick-off is 8pm in Paris, 7pm BST.

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