OL send Man City packing, will defend Women's Champions League crown in Kiev
. THE MATCH.
After a scoreless draw last week in England - the team's only hiccup in 28 games this season - OL knew full well that only a win would suffice in Sunday's semifinal second leg against Manchester City at Groupama Stadium. A win and nothing else (i.e., no penalty kicks) was the mantra for Reynald Pedros and his players, who came out full throttle from the get-go. As to be expected, the home side created several early chances through Marozsan (4 ', 16'), Renard (6 ') and Henry (12').
Lyon, camped in the opposing half of the field, smothered their opponent while searching for the breakthrough. It finally arrived in the 17th minute thanks to a brilliant volley from Bronze, who scored against her former team, no less. A wonder goal that rewarded the better side and all but sealed the win. While Lyon missed several chances to increase their lead - most notably when Hegerberg hit the woodwork shortly before halftime - Man City never put the game in danger for the two-time defending champions, who qualified for their seventh Champions League final and will look to make it three straight titles (five overall) on May 24 against either Wolfsburg or Chelsea.
— OL English (@OL_English) 29 avril 2018
. THE MOMENT.
Bronze burns her former club
A summer signing from Manchester City, Lucy Bronze had no qualms in burning her former team in order to send Lyon into the final. And what a way to do it: smashing Majri's cross with a brilliant volley that left the keeper no chance.
. THE STAT .
Goal: Bronze (17') for OL.
OL: Bouhaddi - Bronze, Renard (cap.), Mbock, Majri - Kumagai, Marozsan, Henry, Abily (Hamraoui, 68') - Le Sommer, Hegerberg. Coach: Reynald Pedros.
Manchester City: Bardsley - McManus, Houghton (cap.), Beattie, Stokes - Scott, Walsh, Stanway - Lawley (Nadim, 67'), Christiansen (Emslie, 82'), Parris. Coach: Nick Cushing.