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Barcelona 1-3 Lyon, OL’s roller coaster

After a superb first half, Lyon reclaimed the UEFA Women’s Champions League title from Barcelona with authority. The 3-1 final victory in Turin is the eighth in ten appearances at this stage of the competition for the French side.

The match, Lyon realism

For Barcelona, ​​this is the second defeat in two finals against OL girls after the 4-1 loss in 2019. This 2022 version meeting also started a bit like three years ago, with three goals in 33 minutes from OL: a shot into the top corner from Henry (0-1, 6e), a header from Hegerberg on Selma Bacha’s ninth assist in the competition this season (0-2, 23e) and an achievement by Catarina Macario (0-3, 33e).

Enough to forget Ellie Carpenter’s injury exit after the first goal, but also enough to stir up the Catalan pressing which finally paid off with the eleventh goal of the season from Alexia Putellas (1-3, 41e).

Stats, photos, game sheet

The entry of Asista Oshoala in place of Jeni Hermoso on the Barça side did not bring the spark expected on the side of the defending champions. With their experienced players (Henry, Hegerberg, Renard), Lyon managed the second half very well. The French even had the bar with them on an insane lob from Patricia Guijarro. Under these conditions, how to lose this final?


Visa Player of the Match: Amandine Henry

She carried the team. She was everywhere in midfield. His clever interceptions relieved the defense. In attack, she finds openings with great lucidity, often with one-touch passes. At the start of the match, she opened the scoring with an anthology goal. This first goal showed the way for Lyon.
Appointed by the UEFA Technical Observer Panel

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reactions

Sonia Bompastor, coach of LyonKudos to the players. We had a great Barcelona team up front. It was a nice final. I also thank my staff. We worked in detail, tactically. We had a very compact block. We didn’t give up from start to finish. We were able to turn our backs at the end but overall we got things under control… Writing your name in history is huge!

Jonatan Giraldez, Barcelona coach
We knew they were going to put a lot of pressure on us. The first goal, an amazing goal, made us very confused. We weren’t quite in our game. We knew the key to the game was to control their transitions and for a few minutes we couldn’t do that. We tried to equalize quickly but at 3-1 we were far behind. We want to congratulate them – they are an amazing team.

Ada Hegerberg, Lyon striker
We went very far to seek this victory. I think it was an incredible game for football. In the second half, we went for something incredible. Which group !

Amandine Henry, player of the match
She carried the team. She was everywhere in midfield. His clever interceptions relieved the defense. In attack, she finds openings with great lucidity, often with one-touch passes. At the start of the match, she opened the scoring with an anthology goal. This first goal showed the way for Lyon.

A stats

  • Lyon became the first team to make ten finals and Wendie Renard the first player to do so (to cap off a season in which they became the first to surpass 100 appearances in the competition, now 103).
  • Henry scored in her second final after 2018, when she equalized for Lyon in extra time in a 4-1 win over Wolfsburg in Kyiv.
  • Hegerberg scored his 59e European goal in his 60e appearance, and his sixth in the final (four against Barcelona).
  • Macario is the first American to score in a final.
  • Barcelona hadn’t trailed by three goals in a match since the 2019 final against Lyon.
  • Sonia Bompastor is the first to win the trophy as a player and coach.
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Barcelona : Cloths; Torrejon (Crnogorcevic 59e), Irene Paredes, Mapi León, Rolfö (Pina 75e); Aitana, Patri Guijarro, Alexia; Graham Hansen, Jenni Hermoso (Oshoala 46e), Mariona (Martens 59e)

Lyon : Endler; Carpenter (Buchanan 14e), Renard, Mbock Bathy (Cayman 81e), Bacha; Horan, Henry, Macario; D Cascarino (Morroni 81), Hegerberg, Malard (Le Sommer 72e)

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