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Paris Saint Germain 2
Arsenal's hopes of a second European crown were brought to an end as they were beaten 2-1 by Paris Saint Germain in their quarter final tie at San Sebastian.
The Gunners were playing their first competitive match since late February and this told as the match wore on, the French side growing stronger in the second half to claim a semi final place.
PSG were quicker into their stride early on with Ramona Bachmann bringing out a save from Manuela Zinsberger and Irene Paredes had a shot blocked following a free kick.
The fast start brought reward on the quarter hour, Nadia Nadim's corner was neatly swept in on the volley at the near post by Marie-Antoinette Katoto to open the scoring.
Arsenal almost responded straight away with Kim Little drilling a shot just wide but there was a scare at the other end following a miscue by Leah Williamson but Zinsberger just did enough to put off Katoto as she looked to score a second.
The Gunners were looking far more assured going forward though and six minutes before half time, they were back on level terms. Unsurprisingly, Little was heavily involved as she slid a pass into the area for Beth Mead, who planted her shot beyond the dive of Christiane Endler and inside the far post.
Arsenal made a change at the back early in the second half with Victoria Schnaderback replacing Jennifer Beattie and she made an important contribution right away, blocking a shot from Kadidiatou Diani following good work on the right by Bachmann.
PSG were starting to take control of the game now and Arsenal were forced to defend a series of corners, which they successfully managed with Zinsberger not really being troubled.
Diani was denied at close range by Zinsberger as fatigue began to set in amongst the Arsenal players but PSG were to regain the lead a few minutes later. Diani robbed Katie McCabe and found Katoto who crossed low for Signe Bruun - on as a substitute just three minutes earlier - to slot home under pressure from Williamson.
PSG sought a quick third with Zinsberger making a good save from Katoto and Sara Dabritz firing just wide.
Arsenal won a number of corners late on in search of an equaliser but PSG defended each one expertly and stood firm to seal a place in the last four for the second time.
PSG will now look to an all-French affair with holders Olympique Lyonnais after they won 2-1 against Bayern Munich in the other quarter final. Nikita Parris gave Lyon the lead just before half time and Amel Majri added the second on the hour, before Carolin Simon pulled a goal back for Bayern.
Arsenal: Manuela Zinsberger, Lisa Evans (sub Jordan Nobbs 76mins), Katie McCabe (sub Steph Catley 89mins), Lia Walti, Jennifer Beattie (sub Victoria Schnaderback 49mins), Leah Williamson, Danielle van de Donk (sub Jill Roord 89mins), Noelle Maritz, Beth Mead (sub Caitlin Foord 76mins), Kim Little, Vivianne Miedema.
Paris Saint Germain: Christiane Endler, Ashley Lawrence, Perle Morroni, Paulina Dudek, Irene Paredes, Sara Dabritz, Ramona Bachmann (sub Signe Bruun 74mins), Grace Geyoro, Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Nadia Nadim (sub Sandy Baltimore 68mins), Kadidiatou Diani (sub Formiga 89mins).
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