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Franco-Portuguese duel in the women’s Champions League

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Franco-Portuguese duel in the women’s Champions League

The draw for the quarter-finals of the women’s Champions League took place in Nyon, Switzerland.

Published on: 06/02/2024 – 14:12

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Two French clubs and one Portuguese are still present in the quarter-finals of the competition organized by UEFA, the body that manages European football.

Benfica, the only Portuguese team, will face French side Lyonwhile the French from Paris Saint-Germain will face the Swedish side from BK Hacken.

A Franco-Portuguese duel between two teams that have completely opposite histories. Lyon’s French side have already won the competition eight times, a record, while the Portuguese side managed to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.

The two clubs have already faced each other twice in the Champions League during the 2021/2022 season. At the time, both at home and away, Benfica lost twice by 5-0in games counting for Group D. That season, Lyon finished in first place in the group, while Benfica was in third place with four points, and the French team even managed to win the trophy, their eighth.

Celebrations by SL Benfica players. © AFP – ANDREAS HILLERGREN

Benfica, historic second place

The group stagein this 2023/2024 edition, It even started badly for the Reds with a heavy 5-0 defeat against FC Barcelonathe Spanish women who won the trophy last season.

This ended up being the only defeat for the Portuguese. Benfica beat the Swedish side Rosengard 1-0 and then it was the turn of the German side Eintracht Frankfurt.

After these triumphs, there were three draws: 1-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt, 2-2 against Rosengard and 4-4 against FC Barcelona.

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It should be noted that, for now, the second best scorer in the Champions League is the Canadian, from Benin, Marie-Yasmine Alidou, from Benfica, with eight goals scoredbehind Ajax’s Dutch Romée Leuchter, with nine goals.

Finally, Here are the other quarter-final games of the competition: Ajax (Netherlands) – Chelsea (England), BK Hacken (Sweden) – Paris SG (France) and Brann (Norway) – Barcelona (Spain).

FC Barcelona won the Women’s Champions League, version 2022/2023. © REUTERS – YVES HERMAN

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