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One day one match (05/26/2016): OLF - Wolfsburg, a third Champions League at the end of a suspenseful encounter

Published on 24 March 2020 at 9:00 AM
Un jour un match (26/05/2016) : OLF – Wolfsburg, une troisième Champions League au bout du suspens
On May 26, 2016, Olympique Lyonnais' women's team faced Wolfsburg in Italy in the Champions League final. It was an ultra-tight match (1-1) which saw Lyon win after a memorable penalty shootout for the French side (4-3 pen).

Four years ago, OL's women's team faced the German side Wolfsburg in the Champions League final. This match was a matter of revenge since in 2013, Lyon had lost in the final of the same competition against this team while winning the double.



From the start of the game, Gérard Prêcheur's players set the pace and put pressure on the players from across the Rhine. “In these matches, luck must be sought. Tonight we played well and we were determined. We had to find a system that allowed us to have possession. This system, "3-5-2"  was quickly imposed, explained the Lyon tactician. It was a match of domination that quickly had a result with a goal from Ada Hegerberg just twelve minutes after the start of the game. The Norwegian explained at the end of the match " On the goal, I saw Pauline Bremer advancing with the ball, it was a bit of a "mess" ... She finally gave me a good pass and I scored " . But the players from Décines did not stop there. They grew into the game and had multiple opportunities before half-time and even after the start of the second half.

 

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But from the hour of play, it became increasingly challenging for OL who had given a lot in terms of energy expended. The Germans were dangerous on several occasions but Bouhaddi stood firm and saved everything she faced until the 89th minute. Then was the time chosen by the players of Kellermann to equalize, just before the end of regular time via Popp. "We conceded this goal on a high cross in front of Griedge, we were beaten by the striker from Wolfsburg" described the Lyon goalkeeper.

 

Then there will be added time that offered no resolution and a penalty shootout won by Lyon with the winning penalty scored by Saki Kumagai. Wendy Renard had a word about the shootout at the end of the match "We knew how to stay calm. The penalty shootout was long but we stayed in the game despite having had a bad start. We had to score even if their goalkeeper tried a lot of distractions. She could move to the right or to the left, in any case the goal is always the same size ”. Camille Abily added "The shots on goal were stressful for all of us, but we had complete confidence in the team".

 

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OL Women with this victory had won a third Champions League, to the delight of their president, Jean-Michel Aulas "Winning this 3rd Champions League is something unique. It was difficult but in the end it was deserved. " From an individual point of view, Lotta Schelin played her last game for the club against Wolfsburg "I woke up crying this morning, that's it, it's over and I realized it, it's a funny feeling".