Friday 2 June 2017

Lyon Are Champions Of The Women’s Champions League

Lyon goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi scored the decisive penalty as they defested PSG 7-6 in a penalty shootout to retain the women's Champions League. The game in Cardiff finished 0-0 after extra time and with the score at 6-6 in the shootout, Kiedrzynek dragged her kick wide, leaving Bouhaddi to fire past the PSG keeper and give Lyon a fourth Champions League crown in the first all-French final.

Lyon went on the attack form the start, with PSG content to soak up the pressure and break on the counter-attack, but they suffered a major blow when American international Alex Morgan had to be substituted after 23 minutes. The Parisians almost took the lead when their Brazilian striker Cristiane blazed over in first-half stoppage time.

Lyon's Ada Hegerberg then missed a golden chance in the second half by first firing straight at Kiedrzynek with the goal at her mercy and then poking the rebound wide. With both sides having spurned chances during the match it went down to a shootout with Bouhaddi the hero for Lyon who became the first team to win back-to-back Champions League titles twice having also achieved the feat in 2011 and 2012.

Victory means Lyon have matched Frankfurt's record of winning the competition four times, having already equalled the German side's total of six finals.

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