Barcelona triumph over Lyon in thrilling UEFA Women’s Champions League Final

by Lorraine Williamson
Champions League winners

In a spectacular showdown at the Estadio de San Mamés in Bilbao, Barcelona clinched the 2023/24 UEFA Women’s Champions League title, overcoming the formidable Lyon with a 2-0 victory. This historic win, witnessed by a record crowd of 50,827 fans, marked Barcelona’s first triumph over Lyon, who have previously lifted the trophy eight times.

There was a nervous start to the match as both teams struggled to find their rhythm. Barcelona experienced an early scare when Lucy Bronze nearly scored an own goal, but the ball struck the post and away from danger. Despite decent attempts by Mariona Caldentey and Caroline Graham Hansen, the first half concluded without any goals.

Second half

The deadlock persisted well into the second half, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats. However, Barcelona’s perseverance finally bore fruit in the 63rd minute. Aitana Bonmatí, with an assist from Caldentey, took a decisive shot that deflected off Lyon defender, Vanessa Gilles, and found the back of the net, giving Barcelona a crucial lead.

Lyon, determined to equalise, brought on star striker Ada Hegerberg in the 81st minute. Hegerberg’s presence energised the team, and she managed a couple of promising shots, but Barcelona’s defense held firm.

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Stoppage time

As the match entered stoppage time, Barcelona sought to seal their victory. Alexia Putellas, a two-time Ballon d’Or winner, came off the bench in the 92nd minute and made an immediate impact. Just four minutes after her entry, Putellas scored from close range, cementing Barcelona’s victory and earning her the player of the match accolade.

Quadruple

This victory is particularly momentous for Barcelona, as it caps an unprecedented quadruple. In addition to the Champions League, they have also secured titles in Liga F, the Copa de la Reina, and the Spanish Super Cup this season.

Barcelona’s triumph over Lyon not only breaks their previous winless streak against the French giants but also showcases their dominance in European women’s football. The team’s resilience and strategic prowess were on full display, promising an exciting 2024/25 for the Catalan club.

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