Matildas Abroad Review: Hunt's PSG draws with Carpenter's Lyon

Clare Hunt's PSG became the first side this season to take points off league leaders Lyon in a dramatic Division 1 Féminine clash overnight. 

Meanwhile, five CommBank Matildas were involved in the keynote fixture of the fifth round of the FA Cup, with Manchester City walking away with the victory.

Read our review of all of the Matildas Abroad action below.

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This weekend’s fixtures were dedicated to the fifth round of the FA Cup. There was no magic of the cup – with the exception of Arsenal, who took on Manchester City, all WSL sides were able to progress past lower-ranked opposition – but as always, plenty of CommBank Matildas were involved.

Leicester City comprehensively defeated Birmingham City 6-2 with a rotated side. They went behind early after a Missy Goodwin own goal but soon steadied the ship, particularly in the second half. There were five goalscorers in total including a brace to Shannon O’Brien. Courtney Nevin was an unused substitute for the Foxes while Remy Siemsen did not appear in the matchday squad.

Tottenham Hotspur scraped past Charlton Athletic 1-0 thanks to a second-half goal to former Charlton player Kit Graham. It was a cagey cup tie with few chances of note, and Spurs will be relieved to have advanced to the next round. Charli Grant started at right-back and played the full match for the home side.

Five CommBank Matildas featured as Manchester City scraped past Arsenal 1-0 after centre-back Leia Aleixandri scored from a second-half set piece. It was an evenly fought contest – City’s Khiara Keating made a number of fantastic saves in goal – but in the end, it was one defensive lapse from the Gunners that saw City triumphant.

Manchester City s Laia Aleixandri (hidden) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the Adobe WFA Cup fifth round match at the Mangata Pay UK Stadium, Borehamwood.
Manchester City's Laia Aleixandri celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the Adobe WFA Cup fifth-round match at the Mangata Pay UK Stadium, Borehamwood. (Photo: Imago)

Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross started for Arsenal, with Foord playing the full match. Steph Catley came off the bench in the 66th minute.

For Manchester City, Mary Fowler played 25 minutes off the bench, while Alanna Kennedy was a stoppage-time substitute to help shore up their lead.

An Emma Kullberg hattrick – including two goals in stoppage time – saw Brighton & Hove Albion defeat Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1. The third-tier side held Brighton to 1-1 until the 88th minute when Kullberg scored three goals in eight minutes to seal the result. Charlie Rule is still unavailable for Brighton through injury.

Liverpool eased past London City Lionesses 2-0 to comfortably progress to the next round. Goals to Sophie Román Haug and Melissa Lawley were enough to get past a Lionesses side who did not manage a shot on target. Teagan Micah was unavailable for Liverpool due to symptoms of concussion.

A late goal to Mayra Ramírez saw Chelsea defeat a resolute Crystal Palace 1-0. Emma Hayes heavily rotated her side for the cup tie and that lack of match fitness showed, with The Blues struggling to break down a resolute Palace defence. Sam Kerr remains unavailable for Chelsea as she recovers from her ACL rupture.

Clare Wheeler’s Everton showed no mercy to third-tier side Nottingham Forest, demolishing them 7-1. The Toffees were clinical, scoring seven goals from only nine shots on target. Wheeler started the match at left wing-back and played 60 minutes.


Paris FC defeated Bordeaux 6-2 in an action-packed match on Saturday. Bordeaux took the lead twice in the first half, before Paris FC scored five goals after the break to run away with the result. Sarah Hunter came off the bench to gain another vital 20 minutes of top-flight experience.

On Monday morning, PSG became the first side to take points off Lyon in the league this season – but they will be devastated they didn’t walk away with all three. Les Parisiennes took the lead in the second half through Tabitha Chawinga and were within touching distance of holding on. However, a 90th-minute own goal that came off Élisa De Almeida made it 1-1, which is how the game would finish. The result means that PSG's faint hopes of catching Lyon at the top of the table took a significant hit.

Ellie Carpenter and Clare Hunt both started the match for Lyon and PSG respectively. Hunt played 60 minutes before being withdrawn, while Carpenter played the full match.


Real Madrid got back to winning ways after their disappointing cup defeat, overwhelming Real Betis in the league 4-1. Athenea del Castillo scored a brace in a performance that saw them remain in second place behind Barcelona. Hayley Raso came off the bench in the 61st minute – three of Madrid’s four goals came with the CommBank Matilda on the park.


Amy Sayer and Clare Polkinghorne were both in the starting lineup for Kristianstads DFF friendly against Malmö FF. Kristianstads walked away 5-0 victors in a promising sign for the season ahead.