FC Barcelona Women 2 – 0 Lyon Women

Barcelona retained the Women’s Champions League thanks to goals from Aitana Bonmati and Alexia Putellas that secured a 2-0 victory over Lyon in Bilbao.

Sonia Bompastor, expected to replace Emma Hayes as Chelsea manager, failed to get the sending off she had hoped for as eight-time European champions Lyon suffered defeat in a Champions League final for the first time in their history. .

Barcelona took the lead in the 63rd minute thanks to a clever run and finish from Bonmati and, after substitute Ada Hegerberg missed a glorious chance to send the game into extra time, Putellas sealed the victory from close range in the sixth minute of the extra time.

The result crowns an unprecedented quadruple for Barcelona, ​​which has already secured the F League, the Queen’s Cup and the Spanish Super Cup.

Barcelona had faced Lyon four times previously in the Women’s Champions League and the French team emerged victorious in each of them.

Barcelona’s Aitana Bonmati celebrates opening the scoring

Player ratings

Barcelona: Coll (7), Bronze (8), Paredes (7), Engen (6), Rolfo (7), Bonmati (7), Walsh (7), Guijarro (6), Hansen (8), Paralluelo (6), Caldentey (7).

Substitutes used: Pina (n/a), Putellas (n/a), Batlle (6), Brugts (6).

Lion: Endler (7), Carpenter (6), Renard (5), Gilles (6), Bacha (6), Horan (7), Egurrola (6), van de Donk (5), Diani (7), Dumornay (6 ), Cascarino (5).

Substitutes used: Majri (6), Hegerberg (5), Becho (6).

Player of the match: Carolina Hansen.

Changing of the guard in European football?

Alexia Putellas came off the bench to seal the victory
Alexia Putellas came off the bench to seal the victory

Big occasions require great players. Lyon were dejected by a bouncing Bilbao side as Barcelona celebrated their third Women’s Champions League. How fitting that it was goals from Bonmati and Putellas that secured this crown for the second consecutive season.

Will this be the changing of the guard in Europe in women’s football? Lyon beat the Catalans in the 2019 and 2022 finals, as well as winning both quarter-final matches in 2018, but this time they ran into a different beast.

Caroline Graham Hansen dies under pressure from Selma Bacha
Caroline Graham Hansen under pressure from Selma Bacha

This could well be the moment when Barcelona, ​​who ended Chelsea’s hopes in the last four, truly believe they can catch up to Lyon’s eight titles.

Bompastor’s team beat French rivals Paris Saint-Germain to reach the final, but were flat for long periods, stifled and outnumbered by their northern Spanish counterparts.

In front of a record crowd of 50,827, the victory adds to Barcelona’s recent dominance in women’s football. They were playing in their fourth consecutive Women’s Champions League final, having won it last year and in 2021.

Mariona Caldentey fights for the ball with Wendie Renard
Mariona Caldentey fights for the ball with Wendie Renard

The women’s triumph comes amid continued upheaval in the men’s team, and is a success that comes on the heels of Spain’s domestic triumphs last year in the Women’s World Cup and the inaugural Women’s Nations League.

Barcelona survived an early scare when Lucy Bronze almost put the ball into her own goal in the 14th minute, but instead it hit the woodwork and bounced harmlessly away.

At the other end, Lyon’s Vanessa Gilles had to clear the ball off the line when Mariona Caldentey’s shot that had been saved bounced off the goal and Caroline Graham Hansen also came close to scoring as the first half ended 0-0.

Barcelona goalkeeper Catalina Coll dives to deflect a Lyon shot in the Women's Champions League final
Catalina Coll dives to deflect a Lyon shot

Barça little by little controlled the match and Bonmati, who won the Ballon d’Or and the award for Best FIFA Women’s Player 2023, opened the scoring in the 63rd minute with a shot from very close range that was deflected by Lyon goalkeeper Gilles . Christiane Endler.

Lyon sent on Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg but the competition’s record goalscorer, who has been injured for much of the season, was unable to find the net despite a couple of decent chances.

Instead, Putellas, who had been struggling with a persistent knee problem, came off the bench and scored a goal in injury time to seal Barcelona’s victory.

Giraldez: One of the best days of my life.

Barcelona is only the fourth team to retain the title
Barcelona is only the fourth team to retain the title

Barcelona boss Jonathan Giraldez said DAZN:

“It was an incredible match. I am very happy, without a doubt it is one of the best days of my life.

“We did an incredible job. I am very proud of all of them. When I decided to leave the team in December at the end of the season, people criticized the decision that perhaps the team’s performance was going down. Today we showed it. “We have had a incredible performance and we deserved the victory.”

About Alexia Putellas’ goal: “Everyone did an incredible job. Alexia only played five or six minutes, but there are other players too. This is a special moment for them.”

On whether she will miss the Women’s Champions League when she moves to the Washington Spirit: “It was the best thing that could have happened today to me, to my family, to almost 40 people from Galicia. It is a special moment and I will enjoy it.”

Bronze: Putellas is the Queen of Barcelona

Barcelona team captain Alexia Putellas lifts the trophy after winning the Champions League women's football final match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais at the San Mamés stadium in Bilbao, Spain, on Saturday 25 May 2024. Barcelona won 2-0.  (AP Photo/Álvaro Barrientos)
Barcelona captain Putellas lifts the trophy

Lucy Bronze from Barcelona said DAZN:

“We knew that was what we needed, to be a club to make history. It is not easy, it is difficult to win it once. To win it consecutively, Lyon showed how difficult it is and this team has finally done it. It will go down in history as one of the best teams in Europe.”

Caroline Graham Hansen and Selma Bacha compete for the ball
Caroline Graham Hansen and Selma Bacha compete

About Alexia Putellas: “She is the captain of the team, she is the Queen of Barcelona for a reason. She always has so much confidence in the team and today she showed why she is a consecutive Ballon d’Or winner.

“He has the quality to do it in the last minute of the Champions League final, when we came forward at the end and sealed the victory for us. It was incredible.”

About the celebrations: “Our whole family will stay here. Hundreds of friends and family will celebrate tonight. We won everything, so we have a lot to celebrate.”

Van de Donk: “Nobody likes to lose a final”

Lyon suffered its first defeat in the Champions League final
Lyon suffered its first defeat in the Champions League final

Danielle van de Donk from Lyon said DAZN:

“I’m very excited. Nobody likes to lose a final and we were here to win it. It’s a shame that we didn’t create enough. Barcelona deserved the victory, but I’m proud of my team, we gave everything.”

On her and Lindsey Horan’s reduced chances: “I play more like a 10 and Linsey a little more like a six. We were a little low in the midfield, so we couldn’t press well and that’s usually our strong point.

“You have to give Barcelona credit, they did incredible. I wish we could have put pressure on them a little more, I think that could have made the difference.”

Whats Next?

The 2023/24 season has come to an end but planning for the new campaign has already begun.

Several Premier League teams have confirmed it preseason friendlies ahead of 2024/25 Legislature, which begins the weekend of August 17/18while others have given new kits an early broadcast.

The national season begins the previous weekend and marks the launch of Sky Sports +, giving sports fans more options through live streams and a new dedicated channel, at no additional cost. For the first time in broadcasting, all Championship, League One and League Two games will be broadcast live on the opening weekend of the 2024/25 EFL season.

Get ready for another busy summer in the transfer window – clubs can do business from June 14 to August 30 and sky sports transfer center We will keep you informed with the latest news and rumors.

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