Women’s Champions League semi-finals: Match previews and how to watch the second legs on BT Sport

Chelsea look to bounce back from defeat against Bayern as PSG lock horns with Barcelona in a huge double-header in the Women's Champions League on Sunday.

By George Mills Published: 29 April 2021 - 7.00pm
Football

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It's all on the line this weekend as the league leaders of all four major domestic leagues head into the second legs of their Women's Champions League semi-finals.

Who will book their place in the final on May 16?

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Sunday 2 May

Barcelona vs Paris Saint-Germain

BT Sport 3 HD, 10.45am

It’s advantage Barcelona following an entertaining encounter between these two semi-finalists after Jenni Hermoso’s away goal earned the Spanish side a deserved 1-1 draw in Paris.

The Barca striker had got the home side off to a flyer with an early header, but Paris Saint-Germain defender Alana Cook hit back with her first-ever professional goal less than 15 minutes later as she headed home to restore parity in the tie.

Hermoso was withdrawn in the second half with an ankle injury and her fitness remains a doubt heading into the second leg in Catalonia. Manager Lluis Cortes will be desperate for the 30-year-old to make it given her record in the competition so far.

She’s scored six goals in five games and is now the tournament’s top scorer this season.

"There's everything to play for in the second leg at the Estadi Johan Cruyff. We'll go into that game with full confidence," Cortes said ahead of the game this weekend.

Neither PSG or Barcelona have ever won the Women’s Champions League – but if the French side are to do it this season, they now know they must score at least once in Spain.

The Divisione 1 Feminine leaders have had no trouble doing that domestically, scoring 71 times in just 17 games in the league.

But coach Olivier Echouafni called on his side to bring that ruthless streak into the Champions League this week, telling the press: "We need to be more clinical in the second leg.

“We missed some chances in the first leg – too many at this level. We need to improve our positioning as well and be more compact."

Chelsea vs Bayern Munich

BT Sport 1 HD, 12pm

One of these two sides will make history following this second-leg tie, with both teams hoping to reach a first-ever Champions League final.

Bayern hold the cards after a narrow victory in Bavaria last weekend as the tie heads to south-west London.

Strikes by Sydney Lohmann and Hanna Glas helped the Frauen Bundesliga leaders to victory, but Chelsea will be buoyed by the away goal that they carry back to Kingsmeadow.

Emma Hayes’ WSL table-toppers are fighting on two fronts at the moment, but the veteran coach remains fully confident her team can overcome the deficit in this weekend’s second leg.

“It is half-time, we have an away goal,” she said after defeat last weekend.

“You don’t win the tie this round. We saw Bayern celebrating the win, but this is not a single game.

“They were two really poor goals to concede. It wasn’t our best performance, but we are not out of it.”

The Blues will hope they can call upon captain and key defender Magdalena Eriksson - whose absence from the first leg was keenly felt - for the return fixture as the Swedish international looks to return from a calf injury.

Fran Kirby leads the goalscoring charts for Chelsea in Europe thanks to her four strikes in the competition so far – but Pernille Harder will hope she can rediscover her shooting boots to move past her team-mate in the race for the Golden Boot after the Dane missed a series of decent chances against Bayern last time out to stay on three goals in the competition this term. 

Can Hayes’ side upset the odds to continue their astonishing season of success as they move a step closer to an incredible quadruple, matching Arsenal Women's feat in 2006/07?

The team already have the League Cup wrapped up, are in the fifth round of the FA Cup and lead Manchester City by two points in the WSL.