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Barcelona and PSG claim narrow first-leg quarter-final WCL victories

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain scored second-half winners in their away victories in the first leg of the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Defending champions Barcelona defeated Norwegian team Brann 2-1, while PSG earlier beat Swedish club Hacken by the same score.

Salma Paralluelo gave Barcelona the win with a low left-footed shot from inside the area in the 72nd minute for her competition-leading sixth goal this season.

Salma Paralluelo (left) scores Barcelona's winner.
Image: Salma Paralluelo (left) scored Barcelona’s winner

Caroline Graham Hansen, a Norway international, had put the title holders ahead with a deflected shot less than 10 minutes into the match.

Graham Hansen said: “Away games in the Champions League quarterfinals are never easy. Even if people beforehand were saying differently, we knew that was not going to be the case. We knew it was going to be difficult.

“It’s a deserved win, even if we should have scored more. Now we have to go back to Barcelona and finish the job there.”

Cecilie Kvamme equalized for the hosts from a tight angle in the 39th.

“We stuck together for 90 minutes and I’m proud of us,” Kvamme said. “I’m really happy we are still in it, now we have to prepare and do our best next week.”

Meanwhile, PSG defeated Hacken in Gothenburg with a 74th-minute winner by Tabitha Chawinga.

Eva Gaetino (centre) celebrates scoring for PSG with teammates Sakina Karchaoui (left) and Elisa De Almeida (right)
Image: Eva Gaetino (centre) celebrates scoring for PSG in their win at Hacken

Eva Gaetino had opened the scoring for PSG in the 23rd with her first professional goal, and Rosa Kafaji equalized for the hosts in the 42nd off the rebound of her own missed penalty kick.

“Offensively, I’m a little disappointed,” PSG coach Jocelyn Precheur said. “We can show a better side to ourselves, especially in our stadium in Paris.”

Hacken coach Mak Lind said: “We are disappointed but there were many things we did pretty well in the game.

“It was good for us to experience this game, and it’s only the first half out of two. There’s one more game to play and we have a chance, for sure.”

The second legs for both quarter-finals involving PSG and Barcelona will take place next Thursday.

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