UWCL Final: Lyon's Amandine Henry scores screamer vs Barcelona

Lyon’s Amandine Henry scored one of the best goals ever witnessed in a Champions League final as she gave her side the opener in spectacular fashion.

The Allianz Stadium erupted as the French midfielder won the ball and fired home a phenomenal strike from more than 25-yards out.

Her goal set the tone for a thrilling final against Barcelona, which ended in Lyon lifting their eighth European trophy.

Henry has clocked more than 200 appearances for Lyon since she first joined in 2007 and is one of the club’s biggest icons. She is known for her ability as an all-round midfielder and she certainly showcased that with her stunning strike against the Catalonians.

Her thunderous effort to break the short deadlock came after just six minutes, and sparked a gorgeous run of creative play, which resulted in another two goals for her side.

Ada Hegerberg, who returned from an ACL injury in October 2021 after 21 months on the sideline, doubled Lyon’s lead just before the half an hour mark.

Catarina Macario got in on the goalscoring action ten minutes later following a goalmouth scramble from a flustered Barcelona. The US international tapped the ball into an open net after Hegerberg set her up for a simple yet emphatic third goal.

Barca managed to pull one back through captain Alexia Putellas, but it was nothing more than a consolation goal as Lyon held on in the second half to ensure they would be crowned champions once again.

The French giants met with Barcelona in the final for the first time in 2019 and the match ended with a typical Lyon win. They dismantled the Catalonians in a 4-1 victory โ€” a Hegerberg hat-trick playing a crucial role in yet another trophy lift.

However, Lyon were left stunned last season when they faced an early exit from the Champions League. After dominating for five consecutive years, their reign came to an end when they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Paris Saint-Germain.

Their trophy-less 2020/21 season marked the first time in 14 years they had not won a piece of silverware and clearly, they took that personally.

In strange circumstances, Lyon entered the final as underdogs. The dominant Barcelona, who won the treble last season and finished their Primera Iberdrola campaign with 30 wins from 30 games, were expected to extend their reign as European champions.

But Lyon’s legacy in the Champions League puts them head and shoulders above any other club. The queens of Europe are back on their throne.

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