French club, Lyon defeated Barcelona femini 3-1 in Turin to lift the Women’s UEFA Champions League trophy for the 2021- 2022 season, held in front of 32,257 fans at Juventus’ Allianz Arena.
Barcelona, tipped as the favourite for the women’s European clubs’ topflight competition after an impressive flawless season in the Spain women’s football league, got a shocking surprise as Lyon opened the goal vault against Asisat Oshoala’s side.
Lyon, a seven-time winner of the trophy and the leading record holder of the diadem, extended it to eighth after Amandine Henry’s 6-minute long-range strike broke the deadlock, followed by a 26-minute Ada Hegerberg’s header.
Remarkably, Hegerberg’s goal capped her return to Europe’s biggest football event for European female clubs after been laid of for over 20 months by injury.
However, Barcelona Alexia Putellas and 2020-2021 ballon d’or winner, responded for the Catalans 4 minutes before the first-half additional time to make it 3-1.
Despite both clubs making a series of changes to affect the scoreline, including the Pichichi award winner and Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala coming in the second half to salvage the disappointing defeat, Lyon quelled the firepower of the Spanish champions to parry the 3-1 lead to the last sound of Finnish Lina Lehtovaara’s whistle.
Barcelona’s loss in Turin to Lyon yesterday prevented the Spanish champions from clinching their second successive UEFA Champions League diadem but that did not stop leading scorer of the tournament, Putellas from increasing her tally to 11 goals.
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