Lyon Wins Fifth UEFA Women’s Champions League Final Over Wolfsburg

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Lyon Wins Fifth UEFA Champions League Final

KIEV, UKRAINE (May 24, 2018) — For the fifth time in UEFA Women’s Champions League history, Olympique Lyonnais Féminin has won the championship.

Commonly known as Lyon, the French club beat German club VFL Wolfsburg by a 4-1 scoreline. It was the second time in history the two clubs met in the final.

Lyon wins fifth UEFA Women’s Champions League final over Wolfsburg

Back in 2016, the two sides faced off and after 90 minutes, a draw was the final score. After a scoreless period of extra time, the match was sent into penalty kicks. Lyon took the victory with a 4-3 shoot out win.

History was a bit different in 2018.

After 90 minutes of scoreless action, the match went into 30 more added minutes of extra time, split up in 15 minute increments.

Pernille Harder opened up the scoring for Wolfsburg with a goal in the 93rd minute.

After that, it was all Lyon.

Amandine Henry gave the French club their first goal. Barely a minute later, Eugénie Le Sommer capitalized and sent a goal past Wolfsburg goalkeeper Almuth Schult.

Norwegian international Ada Hegerberg found her opportunity in the 103rd minute. After 13 more minutes past, substitute Camille Abily put the nail in Wolfsburg’s coffin.

Abily entered the match in the 104th minute for Le Sommer.

After the match, Le Sommer said it’s “simply incredible” that Lyon won three championships in a row.

“It shows how much quality we have in the squad and we’ve been rewarded for our hard work and resources that the club have put at our disposal,” Le Sommer said.

Popp’s Red Card

Lyon gained some help from the opposite side when German international Alexandra Popp received a red card in the 96th minute. The red card was actually a second yellow card.

Popp was given her initial caution in the 76th minute by head referee Jana Adámková.

Throughout the tournament, Popp scored four goals and did not receive a single yellow or red card.

Ada Makes History

Hegerberg, who is from Sunndalsøra, Norway, broke the UEFA Women’s Champions League record of goals scored in a season.

The record, previously held by German international Célia Šašić during her time with Frankfurt in 2014-15, stood at 14.

However, Hegerberg scored 15 goals in the UEFA Women’s Champions League run from Lyon.

“It’s difficult to describe,” Hegerberg said after the match. “It was an aim for me and it became more and more important inside of me. I wanted to score 15 goals. And tonight, after all the effort we put in, I knew that if I had a chance to score, I would take it.”

An American Lifts the Trophy

After watching Alex Morgan lift the trophy with Lyon last year, Morgan Brian wanted in on the action as well.

The former Chicago Red Stars midfielder, Brian signed with Lyon on January 1, alongside former Portland Thorns FC midfielder — and Women’s UCL goal scorer — Amandine Henry.

Brian did not feature for the club in any of their UCL matches and was not in the 18-player roster for the final match.

However, she did celebrate with her teammates after.

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After playing soccer as a kid, Rachael McKriger returns to the pitch but this time as a journalist. Since 2015, McKriger has covered the Pittsburgh Riverhounds for Pittsburgh Sports Castle, where she a co-editor. In addition to Pittsburgh Sports Castle, McKriger is a co-analyst on the "Soccer 2 The Max" podcast with Sean Garmer and Erik Watkins at W2M Network. Now, McKriger joins the team at Last Word on Soccer to cover the Seattle Sounders FC, U.S. Women's National Team and the National Women's Soccer League.

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