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Lyon's Canadian defender Kadeisha Buchanan reacts during the UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on Aug. 26, 2020.

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Canadian Kadeisha Buchanan is one win away from a fourth straight UEFA Women’s Champions League title with Lyon.

The French powerhouse advanced to Sunday’s final against Germany’s Wolfsburg in San Sebastian, Spain, with a 1-0 victory Wednesday over rival Paris Saint-Germain and fellow Canadian Ashley Lawrence in a game that ended with both teams down to 10 players.

A Lyon win on the weekend and Canada will celebrate double European club glory.

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Canadian international Alphonso Davies, whose girlfriend Jordyn Huitema was on the PSG bench Wednesday, hoisted the men’s Champions League trophy on Sunday after Bayern Munich beat the PSG men 1-0 in Lisbon.

Lyon has won the women’s Champions League the past four years, beating Wolfsburg twice and PSG and Barcelona once each. Buchanan, from Brampton, Ont., joined the squad in January, 2017, out of West Virginia University.

Captain Wendie Renard scored in the 67th minute, rising high to head in a free kick. It was the 6-foot-1 defender’s 103rd goal for Lyon, a six-time European champion.

The free kick was prompted by a foul that resulted in PSG midfielder Grace Geyoro being sent off for a second yellow card for taking down Lucy Bronze outside the penalty box.

Lyon lost English forward Nikita Parris to a second yellow card in the 75th minute for needlessly knocking over PSG goalkeeper Christiane Endler as she tried to clear the ball.

PSG pressed in the dying moments, with Endler joining the attack, but was unable to get a clear scoring chance.

Wolfsburg, which won the competition in 2013 and 2014, advanced to its fifth Champions League final with a 1-0 win over 2019 runner-up Barcelona on Tuesday.

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The 24-year-old Buchanan started at centre back for Lyon while the 25-year-old Lawrence, a childhood friend of her Lyon rival, was at right fullback for PSG behind closed doors at San Mames Stadium. The two have won 192 Canadian caps between them.

Huitema, a 19-year-old forward, has 33 Canadian caps.

Iceland’s Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir took the place of Lyon star Amandine Henry, who injured her calf.

Both teams threatened in an open first half with Lyon coming closest in the 39th minute, only to see Gunnarsdottir’s header off a free kick go wide. PSG players took a physical approach at times, bodying Lyon players off the ball.

Buchanan complained bitterly she had been held back on a Lyon free kick deep in the PSG end early in the second half, but to no avail.

Prior to the game, PSG announced one of its players had been withdrawn from the squad after testing positive for COVID-19. The player was identified as reserve goalkeeper Alice Pinguet.

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The game was a battle of French powerhouses, with Lyon holding the edge. PSG’s last win over Lyon came in the 2018 French Cup final. In 45 meetings, Lyon holds a 33-5-7 edge.

Lyon edged PSG in the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff and eliminated PSG in the 2016 semi-finals.

PSG, twice a Champions League runner-up, was the last team to knock Lyon out of the competition – in the round of 16 in November, 2014. Lyon has won four straight titles since then with Buchanan involved in three of them,

The two teams met Aug. 9 in the French Cup final in Auxerre with Lyon winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout after the game finished at 0-0. Lyon also beat PSG on penalties in September to win the first Trophée des Championnes Feminin in Guingamp.

Lyon won 1-0 in league play Nov. 16.

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