Defending champion Lyon defeated Chelsea 2-1 Sunday in the Women’s Champions League semifinals, and Barcelona beat host Bayern Munich 1-0.

Watched by a crowd of almost 23,000, Delphine Cascarino opened the scoring for Lyon in the 27th minute and Amandine Henry doubled the lead for the French hosts before halftime.

Chelsea’s Fran Kirby had a penalty kick saved by Sarah Bouhaddi, but the English side grabbed a valuable away goal thanks to a long strike by Erin Cuthbert in the 72nd.

Lyon's Eugenie Le Sommer, right, challenges for the ball with Chelsea's So-Yun Ji, left, during their Women's Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon’s Eugenie Le Sommer, right, challenges for the ball with Chelsea’s So-Yun Ji, left, during their Women’s Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Lyon has won the European title for the past three seasons.

Kheira Hamraoui scored for Barcelona almost midway through the second half. Bayern almost equalized when Sara Dabritz hit the crossbar with a free kick in the 90th.

The second legs are next Sunday.

Lyon's Delphine Cascarino celebrates after scoring a goal against Chelsea during their Women's Champions League semi final soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon’s Delphine Cascarino celebrates after scoring a goal against Chelsea during their Women’s Champions League semi final soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

The final is on May 18 in Budapest.

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Lyon's Delphine Cascarino, center, celebrates with Ada Hegerberg, right, and Lucy Bronze, left, after scoring a goal against Chelsea during their Women's Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon’s Delphine Cascarino, center, celebrates with Ada Hegerberg, right, and Lucy Bronze, left, after scoring a goal against Chelsea during their Women’s Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Chelsea's goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger, center, catches the ball during a challenge with Lyon's Lucy Bronze, right, during their Women's Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Chelsea’s goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger, center, catches the ball during a challenge with Lyon’s Lucy Bronze, right, during their Women’s Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon's Dzsenifer Marozsan, right, challenges for the ball with Chelsea's Erin Cuthberg, left, during their Women's Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon’s Dzsenifer Marozsan, right, challenges for the ball with Chelsea’s Erin Cuthberg, left, during their Women’s Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert, center, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal against Lyon during their Women's Champions League semi final soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert, center, celebrates with her teammates after scoring a goal against Lyon during their Women’s Champions League semi final soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon's Delphine Cascarino, center, challenges for the ball with Chelsea' players during their Women's Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Lyon’s Delphine Cascarino, center, challenges for the ball with Chelsea’ players during their Women’s Champions League semifinal soccer match in Decines, France, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

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