Lyon, together with Australian Matildas star Ellie Carpenter, received the Women’s Champions League on Sunday (AEST) after beating Barcelona 3-1 to be topped queens of Europe for a record-extending eighth time.
First half objectives from Amandine Henry, Ada Hegerberg and Catarina Macario had been sufficient to take the title from pre-match holders Barca, who pulled one again by way of captain Alexia Putellas simply earlier than halftime.
The match was bittersweet for Carpenter, who was carried off on a stretcher having suffered a knee harm after simply 13 minutes. She hopped onto the sphere to have fun at full-time, having develop into the primary Australian footballer to win the Champions League twice.
Expectation was excessive amongst Barca followers, who descended in giant numbers on the Allianz Stadium in Turin to observe a group who’ve been tipped to finish Lyon’s dominance of the ladies’s recreation in Europe.
However they couldn’t come again from going three objectives down within the first 33 minutes.
“I’m super happy to have scored because it helped us settle in to the match. It will remain engraved in my memory,” mentioned Henry after her blockbuster end.
“I’m not used to scoring but this will give me even more confidence and more desire to keep playing.”
The injury was completed in a whirlwind opening interval by which Lyon confirmed their European pedigree and for giant tracts steamrollered Barca.
Henry opened the scoring within the sixth minute with a good looking strike which got here out of nowhere, the France icon choosing up the ball approach out earlier than letting off a rocket which Sandra Panos might solely grasp at in useless.
From there Lyon kicked into gear and Hegerberg had her 59th purpose in 60 Champions League appearances within the twenty third minute when she calmly nodded in Selma Bacha’s cross from shut vary.
Ten minutes later Barca’s heads had been spinning after a baffling defensive mix-up left Macario with a tap-in to make it three from nearly on the purpose line.
Barca regarded useless and buried however Ballon d’Or holder Putellas dragged her group again into it 4 minutes earlier than the break when she saved Caroline Graham Hansen’s miscued cross by lashing residence a low first-time end.
Patricia Guijarro thought she had lower the deficit to only one in probably the most spectacular approach potential when she launched an audacious shot from simply after the midway line which crashed again out from the underside of the bar.
From there Barca had been the higher group however lacked the killer contact, with Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic volleying an excellent probability vast with seven minutes remaining highlighting a wastefulness which ultimately value them their European crown.