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Wolfsburg - OL : Champions of Europe again! (1-3)

Published on 30 August 2020 at 11:30 PM
Wolfsbourg - OL : Encore et toujours sur le toit de l'Europe ! (1-3)
OL won 3-1 against Wolfsburg in the Women's Champions League final. At the end of a hotly contested but generally well-controlled match, Lyon confirmed again and again their hegemony in Europe by winning a 7th continental title, their 5th in a row. Simply legendary!

Key moments

2'. Kumagai's first attempt ends up in Abt's gloves.
18'. Cascarino's powerful strike is repelled by the keeper.
25'. Goal by Le Sommer who followed up her own shot well. 0-1.
44'. Kumagai scores with a powerful left-footed strike. 0-2.
48'. Le Sommer's strike deflected behind for a corner after a good pass from Karchaoui.
58'. Goal by Popp who takes advantage of a mix-up to score with a header. 1-2.
88'. Shot by Gunnarsdottir who turns home a rebound of Le Sommer's shot. 1-3.

 

equipe uwcl finale

 

Résumé et enseignements

Winning a seventh European crown. The ambition of our Lyon was clear in San Sebastian. Ahead of this match against Wolfsburg, OL had the opportunity to win a fifth consecutive Women’s Champions League and seventh overall. To do so, Jean-Luc Vasseur took measure of the adage that a winning team should not be changed. Thus, he started the same eleven as he had in the semifinal, only with Le Sommer having replaced the suspended Parris, having eliminated PSG in the semifinal. And this Spanish evening began at a frantic pace for the Lyon side. Renard and her teammates were all over the pitch and dominated Wolfsburg by a clear margin. Cascarino was particularly strong and was causing  plenty of trouble for the German defence. She was behind the first goal of the night as well, delivering a cross to the back post for Le Sommer. After opening the scoring, the six-time European champions did not give up. Inspired, they doubled the lead just before half-time with a clear shot from Kumagai. On a mission, the Lyon players already had one hand on the trophy when they returned to the locker room.

 

le sommer joie finale

 

When they returned from the locker room, Lyon set off again at the same pace that had allowed them to take the lead in the first half. However, failing to finish their few chances, OL gradually lost ground. Confidence then shifted to the German side, and Popp would score to close the gap between Wolfsburg and OL. This goal increased the motivation of Gunnarsdottir's former teammates, who took the game into their own hands around the hour mark. The storm passed, however, and Lyon then resumed their game and got things back under control. Nonetheless, the Germans were more motivated and continued to provide themselves with good chances but were met by an imperious Bouhaddi. After doubling down defensively, OL would seal the game at the very end. On a corner, Gunnarsdottir sealed the result against her former club! It was a goal that allowed OL to win this final against Wolfsburg as they had in 2016 and 2018. Lyon had earned the seventh Women’s Champions League in their history and their fifth in five years. Bravo to our champions for this historic performance!

 

Match details

At the Anoeta, Saint-Sébastien. 

UWCL (final) : VfL Wolfsburg - OL 1-3 (0-2)

Referee: Esther Staubli. 

Goals : Le Sommer (25'), Kumagai (44'), Gunnarsdottir (88') for OL. Popp (58') for Wolfsburg.

Bookings : Huth (14') for Wolfsbourg. Marozsan (40') for OL.

Wolfsbourg : Abt - Doorsoun (Hendrich, 39'), Goessling, Janssen, Blasse (Bremer, 78') - Engen, Huth (Wolter, 62') - Popp, Harder (cap.), Rolfo - Pajor (Oberdorf, 62'). Manager: Stephan Lerch.

OL : Bouhaddi - Bronze, Buchanan, Renard (cap.), Karchaoui - Gunnarsdottir, Marozsan (Taylor, 87'), Kumagai - Cascarino (van de Sanden, 87'), Le Sommer (Greenwood, 90+4'), Majri (Malard, 90+4'). Manager: Jean-Luc Vasseur. 

 

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