Women's Champions League - Final
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Barcelona 1-3 Lyon: Brilliant Lyon win eighth Champions League crown

By Phil DawkesBBC Sport
Lyon celebrate with the Champions League trophy
Lyon have reclaimed the title they won five times between 2016 and 2020 and eight times in total

Lyon returned to the pinnacle of European football with an eighth Champions League title courtesy of a superb victory over tournament favourites Barcelona in a gripping final in Turin.

The French side came into the game as underdogs against a Barca side that had lost just once in a season that included a flawless La Liga-winning campaign.

But the most decorated side in the women's game started superbly, pressing high and picking apart the Catalans to charge into a 3-0 first-half lead.

Amandine Henry struck a brilliant long-range strike to give them a lead that was doubled by a header from Ada Hegerberg, returning to Europe's biggest stage for the first time since her 20-month injury lay-off.

The Norwegian forward then turned provider to set up Catarina Macario for a close-range finish to leave a shell-shocked Barca reeling.

Ballon d'Or holder Alexia Putellas gave Barcelona hope just before the break with a low finish - her 33rd goal of the season and 11th of this Champions League campaign.

Jonatan Giraldez's side then threw everything they could at Lyon, including an ambitious effort from Patricia Guijarro from close to halfway that hammered the bar, but the French side held firm to reclaim the European crown they last held in 2020.

Hegerberg helps Lyon conquer Europe again

Ada Hegerberg dives in to score against Barcelona
Ada Hegerberg has scored an unmatched 59 goals in 60 Champions League games

It was predicted by many before kick-off that Saturday's game would be a symbolic passing of the torch in women's European football, from a Lyon side that dominated during the 2010s to a Barca team that had swept aside nearly all challengers in the past two years, including Chelsea in last year's final.

But despite arriving in Turin with a competitive record of 41 wins and just one defeat in 2021-22, Barcelona simply could not match the French side for focus, ferocity and tactical nous in front of 32,257 fans at Juventus' Allianz Arena.

Driven on by Champions League record scorer Hegerberg, Sonia Bompastor's side exploited defensive frailty in their opponents, while keeping the Catalan side's prolific attack at bay to seize firm control of the contest.

Henry's goal was the pick of the bunch, arrowed into the top corner from 25 yards after she had returned to her feet following a ball-winning tackle. But Hegerberg provided the most regular threat.

Had she taken her chances, she could have repeated her feat of scoring a first-half hat-trick the last time these two met in the Champions League final - three years ago when Lyon were 4-1 victors.

Instead, Hegerberg settled for the one header - that took her record tally of goals in this tournament to 59 in 60 matches - and an assist for Macario that established too big a gulf to bridge, even for a Barcelona side that had outscored their rivals 159-11 to win their domestic league by 24 points.

"It's team work, team work all day long, baby," said Hegerberg, who also struck the post with a volley in injury time. "Incredible team-mates, I'm very proud of them. Winning this one this year wasn't easy.

"Resilience, hard work - it's so motivating. I'm only 26 as well, so let's keep this going."

Putellas is considered the current best player in the world and so often an inspiration to this Barca side, but even this was beyond her considerable powers.

She did her bit, providing hope with her 41st-minute finish, but beyond that she was well marshalled in midfield.

Putellas saw plenty of the ball in a final 15 minutes spent almost exclusively in the Lyon half, but some dogged defending and misses from Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic and Irene Paredes saw the French side over the line.

It represented a notable personal triumph for their boss Bompastor, who became the first woman to win the Champions League as a player and manager. The former midfielder, 41, was part of the successful Lyon side in 2011 and 2012.

Amandine Henry scores
Henry's goal was the pick of those scored in Turin on Saturday evening
Lyon players celebrate with their fans in Turin
The crowd of 32,257 was the second-best ever for a Champions League final after 2012 - when Lyon triumphed in Munich
Barcelona players after full-time in Turin
The defeat was only Barcelona's second of the season. They can still seal a domestic double, with a Copa de la Reina semi-final against Real Madrid to follow on Wednesday
Ada Hegerberg (centre) lifts the Champions League trophy
Hegerberg (centre) has now won six Champions League titles with Lyon

Line-ups

Barcelona Femenino

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Paños
  • 8TorrejónSubstituted forCrnogorcevicat 59'minutes
  • 2ParedesBooked at 85mins
  • 4LeónBooked at 33mins
  • 16RolföSubstituted forPinaat 76'minutes
  • 14Bonmatí
  • 12Guijarro Gutiérrez
  • 11Putellas
  • 7Hansen
  • 10HermosoSubstituted forOshoalaat 45'minutes
  • 9Caldentey OliverSubstituted forMartensat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Serrano
  • 6Pina
  • 15Ouahabi
  • 17Pereira
  • 18Crnogorcevic
  • 20Oshoala
  • 22Martens
  • 23Engen
  • 24Font
  • 30Muñoz

Lyon Féminines

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Endler
  • 12CarpenterSubstituted forBuchananat 14'minutes
  • 29Mbock BathySubstituted forCaymanat 80'minutes
  • 3Renard
  • 4Bacha
  • 26Horan
  • 6Henry
  • 20CascarinoSubstituted forMorroniat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13MacárioBooked at 64mins
  • 28MalardSubstituted forLe Sommerat 72'minutes
  • 14HegerbergBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 5Morroni
  • 8Gunnarsdóttir
  • 9Le Sommer
  • 11Egurrola
  • 16Bouhaddi
  • 17van de Donk
  • 18Sombath
  • 19Laurent
  • 21Buchanan
  • 23Cayman
  • 25Benyahia
  • 40Holmgren
Referee:
Lina Lehtovaara
Attendance:
32,257

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelona FemeninoAway TeamLyon Féminines
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barcelona Femenino 1, Lyon Féminines 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barcelona Femenino 1, Lyon Féminines 3.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Barcelona Femenino. Alexia Putellas tries a through ball, but Asisat Oshoala is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Ada Hegerberg (Lyon Féminines) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Eugénie Le Sommer following a fast break.

  5. Booking

    Perle Morroni (Lyon Féminines) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Claudia Pina (Barcelona Femenino) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Perle Morroni (Lyon Féminines).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Irene Paredes (Barcelona Femenino) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Caroline Hansen with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Mapi León (Barcelona Femenino).

  10. Post update

    Eugénie Le Sommer (Lyon Féminines) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona Femenino) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Claudia Pina (Barcelona Femenino) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lieke Martens.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patri Guijarro (Barcelona Femenino) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mapi León with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona Femenino. Conceded by Amandine Henry.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alexia Putellas (Barcelona Femenino) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patri Guijarro with a headed pass.

  16. Booking

    Irene Paredes (Barcelona Femenino) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Irene Paredes (Barcelona Femenino).

  18. Post update

    Ada Hegerberg (Lyon Féminines) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona Femenino) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aitana Bonmatí.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona Femenino) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1VfL Wolfsburg Ladies63211771011
2Juventus Femminile6321124811
3Chelsea Women6321138511
4Servette Women6006023-230

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Paris Saint-Germain Féminines66002502518
2Real Madrid Femenino6402126612
3Zhytlobud-1 Women6114215-134
4Breidablik Women6015018-181

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona Femenino66002412318
2Arsenal Women6303141319
3TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Ladies63031115-49
4HB Køge Women6006222-200

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lyon Féminines65011921715
2FC Bayern München Ladies64111531213
3Benfica Women6114216-144
4BK Häcken Women6105318-153

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus Femminile11003033
2VfL Wolfsburg Ladies10103301
3Chelsea Women10103301
4Servette Women100103-30
1Paris Saint-Germain Féminines11002023
2Real Madrid Femenino11001013
3Zhytlobud-1 Women100101-10
4Breidablik Women100102-20
1TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Ladies11005053
2Barcelona Femenino11004133
3Arsenal Women100114-30
4HB Køge Women100105-50
1Lyon Féminines11003033
2Benfica Women10100001
3FC Bayern München Ladies10100001
4BK Hacken Women100103-30
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