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Barcelona, PSG win; one foot in women's ECL semis

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have scored second-half winners in their away victories in the first leg of the women's Champions League quarter-finals.

Defending champions Barcelona defeated Norwegian team Brann, for whom Australian forward Larissa Crummer played 78 minutes, 2-1.

PSG beat Haecken by the same score earlier on Thursday (AEDT).

Clare Hunt remained on the bench for the visitors but fellow Matildas defender Aivi Luik enjoyed a full game for the Swedish club.

Salma Paralluelo gave Barcelona the win with a low left-footed shot from inside the area in the 72nd minute for her competition-leading sixth goal this season.

Caroline Graham Hansen, a Norway international, had put the titleholders ahead with a deflected shot less than 10 minutes into the match. Cecilie Kvamme equalised for the hosts from a tight angle in the 39th.

PSG's win in Gothenburg was sealed with a 74th-minute winner by Tabitha Chawinga.

Celebrating PSG players.
PSG players celebrate Tabitha Chawinga's (22) goal in Sweden. (AP PHOTO)

"Offensively, I'm a little disappointed," PSG coach Jocelyn Precheur said.

"We can show a better side to ourselves, especially in our stadium in Paris."

Eva Gaetino had opened the scoring for PSG in the 23rd minute with her first professional goal, and Rosa Kafaji levelled for the home side in the 42nd off the rebound of her own missed penalty kick.

The second legs for both series will take place on March 28.

In Wednesday's quarter-finals, favourites Lyon and Chelsea also earned first-leg wins on the road. Record eight-time champions Lyon came from behind to beat Benfica 2-1, while Chelsea defeated Ajax Amsterdam 3-0 to move closer to a second straight appearance in the last four of Europe's top competition.