UWCL: Semi-final lineup locked in as Barcelona and PSG dominate

Tabitha Chawinga is congratulated by her teammates after scoring a goal
Tabitha Chawinga is congratulated by her teammates after scoring her team's first goal during the Champions League quarter-final match between PSG and BK Hacken (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)

The semi-final lineup for this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League is set following the completion of the quarter-finals on Thursday night.

Barcelona will take on Chelsea as Emma Hayes pushes for the one trophy that has evaded before she moves to the US. Meanwhile, Olympique Lyonnais will lock horns with Paris Saint-Germain as they prepare for a star-studded derby.

Here’s how the final night of quarter-finals panned out. You can recap the action involving Lyon and Benfica, and Chelsea and Ajax right here.

Barcelona 3-1 SK Brann (5-2 agg)

Barcelona set up a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Chelsea after dispatching Brann in Spain. The Norwegian side were massive underdogs going into the second leg, despite their impressive showing last week.

However, it was the visitors who went close to breaking the deadlock after six minutes. Signe Gaupset headed just wide from 12 yards out.

Only the brilliance of Aurora Mikalsen to tip Caroline Graham Hansen’s shot past her far post and push Irene Parades’ header wide kept Barça off the scoresheet. The Catalans wouldn’t be denied for long, however.

Forcing Brann into conceding possession in midfield, the ball was played into Aitana Bonmatí. Twisting and turning, the Ballon d’Or winner unleashed a curled shot past the despairing dive of Mikalsen to give her side the lead on the night and increase their lead on aggregate.

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Graham Hansen unlocked the Brann defence with 10 minutes of the second half played, driving into the box to play the ball across the goalmouth. Brann couldn’t clear their lines and Fridolina Rolfö was on hand to tap home from a yard out.

Tomine Svendheim pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 70th minute, finishing low into the corner off the post from a narrow angle. The goal owed a lot to a magnificently weighted pass from Gaupset.

Patri Guijarro was on hand to poke the ball home to Barcelona’s progress in the dying moments. Again, it was Graham Hansen who made the goal. She dispossessed Svendheim and drove to the byline to put in another inviting ball that found Guijarro via Bonmatí.

Paris Saint Germain 3-0 BK Häcken (5-1 agg)

PSG will meet fellow Division 1 Féminine juggernauts Lyon in the semi-finals after breezing past BK Häcken in the French capital.

Marie-Antoinette Katato drew a smart save from Jennifer Falk at her near post in the 10th minute following some slick passing down the PSG right hand side.

The Parisians took the lead in the 27th minute when Katato played Tabitha Chawinga through. The Malawian took one touch to set herself up, and a second to rifle home past Falk on her left foot.

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Korbin Albert doubled the PSG advantage with 70 minutes played with a long range shot that nestled into the top corner of Falk’s net. Katoto’s header from six yards out just four minutes later sealed a 3-0 win for PSG and an all-French semi-final.

The first legs of the semi-final fixtures will be played on 20th and 21st April with the lineup locked in.

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