Lyon beat Barcelona to win eighth Champions League

Lyon beat Barcelona to win eighth Champions League

Lyon won their seventh Champions League trophy with a great triumph over tournament favorites Barcelona in a thrilling final in Turin.

The French team entered the game as underdogs against a Barcelona team that had never lost once in a season that included a perfect La Liga title campaign.

But the most decorated team in women’s soccer got out to a flying start, pushing high and tearing apart the Catalans to take a 3-0 halftime lead.

Amandine Henry scored a spectacular long-range goal, which was doubled by a header from Ada Hegerberg, who was making her comeback to Europe’s greatest stage after a 20-month injury layoff.

The Norwegian forward then switched roles, setting up Catarina Macario for a close-range finish that stunned Barca.

Alexia Putellas, the current Ballon d’Or winner, gave Barcelona hope with a low finish right before the break, her 33rd goal of the season and 11th in the Champions League.

Jonatan Giraldez’s team then put everything they had at Lyon, including an audacious shot from Patricia Guijarro from close to halfway that smacked the crossbar, but Lyon held fast to recapture the European title they had last held in 2020.

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