Paris Saint-Germain’s ladies were cruelly beaten in the dying embers last night thanks to a peach of goal by Frankfurt’s Mandy Islacker to give the Germans another Champions League title. The despondence at the end from the Parisian girls was visible for all to see with many being reduced to tears as they were left to ponder what might have been. But, they should be so proud of getting to the Berlin showpiece in the first place as they have been absolutely outstanding all season.
There may be no silverware at the end of it all but it should not disparage what this close knit group has achieved. Out of 22 league games they won all but two. Lyon were their nemesis again as Les Gones inflicted both defeats and thus went on to win the league. Those two losses are what – in the end – cost the capital club a first top flight Feminine title. Lyon’s stranglehold on the domestic game is outrageous with this now being their eight successive league title.
The figures from Les Parisiens are fantastic. 88 goals scored in the league, just nine conceded. 17 cleansheets were kept and on average they netted four goals a game. The biggest victory was a 10-0 thrashing away to Soyaux who ended up finishing 6th.
Swedish attacker Kosovare Asllani netted 13 times domestically in a season where she broke her jaw and suffered a concussion in a match against Lyon. For her to come back from that is a real testament to the Swede and although she was visibly upset yesterday, she should be proud of her comeback!
Marie-Laure Delie finished as top goalscorer netting 15 league goals, and three in Europe. Caroline Seger in her debut season was instrumental in the team getting to the European final but cruelly missed out due to suspension. Had she been involved yesterday? Who knows what might have been.
This group is only going to get stronger from this I am sure. The hunger is there and being within a whisker of conquering Europe will hopefully spur them on. They are up against a formidable Lyon team at present domestically which is where the title will eventually be won or lost again next season.
They may not be the Queens of Europe just yet, but they certainly are in the French capital. Well done girls.
Stats courtesy of soccerway.com