Excellent in efficiency and collective strength, the Lyonnaises continued their spot at the top of world women’s football on Saturday by showing no mercy against defending champions Barcelona (3-1) to win their 8th Champions League in 10 finals, Saturday in Torino.
Eternal OL! In the excruciating heat of a hostile Juventus Stadium and above all colored “blaugrana”, it was really the red and blue of Lyon that ended in victory, thanks to the start of the meeting as clinically confusing, with three goals recorded during the first 33 minutes, three flashes were enough to suddenly break the Catalan base and all its certainty.
“We had the perfect first half. We felt a power from the whole team. We said we will be in a reconquest and we didn’t pretend!” Jubilee Amandine Henry, scorer from the start. 6th minute of a monumental strike in the skylight.
The almost perfect night of the Lyonnaises, however, could not diminish the dimension of success achieved by partners Ada Hegerberg and Catarina Macario, also goalcorers, against a Barça logically presented as the grandissime favorite, steamroller who is not He was just defeated. once in his last 49 fights, for 48 wins.
But who still hasn’t managed to beat OL in four attempts, three years after giving up in the final in Budapest against the same opponent (4-1) in a similar scenario …
– Supremacy regained –
The big score, recorded from the half -hour mark, also did not detract from the scope of the Rhone club’s eighth European title.
At its lowest a year ago after losing its continental and national crowns to Barça and Paris SG, Lyon recovered impressively after twelve months, with the stability of the taulières (Hergerberg, Henry, Wendie Renard ) and the carelessness of the youngest (Macario). , Selma Bacha, Melvine Malard).
With this new trophy in C1, achieved with difficulty-defeat in the quarter-final first leg against Juventus, dangerous qualification against PSG in the semi-, OL tasted their continental supremacy, perhaps less talked about like in the last two years. , of PSG in France and of Barça in Europe.
The Lyonnaises haven’t stopped repeating these past few days that they “haven’t won yet” this season, done … And the happiness is likely to last because OL, led by French D1 with five points in ahead of the Parisiennes, are two battles away from the celebration of the 15th national title that seems promised here.
– A historical edition –
History will also remember that it was OL, a pioneer club in investment and consideration granted to its women’s section, that won this pivotal edition of the Champions League, the first in a group stage, also the first to the meetings were all on television.
The first, above all, was to gather the huge crowd at the stadium, with more than 585,000 spectators throughout the competition.
Saturday’s final continued in line with this season’s landmark, with a packed Juventus Stadium (32,257 spectators, mostly Catalans), and somewhat surprising enthusiasm on the sideline of the match, from the press room to the super -hot streets of city, where we spoke Catalan all day.
On the lawn, the players shone on the occasion with, in addition to the jewel signed by Henry, a classy center from Bacha that was successfully taken from the head of Hegerberg (23rd), the top scorer in the history of the competition. with 59 goals in 60 matches.
In the face of a barcelonian cop off, Macario added the addition at the end of a good move (33rd), eight minutes before Alexia Putellas’s scoring dropped, restless and prone to the ground long minutes after the final whistle.
The Barcelona captain, a superstar in his country since his Ballon d’Or in the autumn, finished the competition as the only top scorer (11 goals). A recognition he certainly exchanged without remorse for victory at this European summit, already elevated to the rank of classic.