Lyon are back on their perch and have regained their status as European title-holders after beating Barcelona in the Champions League final.
The French side produced an inspiring performance and ran out 3-1 winners over the former champions in a blistering clash in Turin.
This victory marks Lyon’s eighth Champions League title and extends their astonishing record on the European stage.
It took just six minutes for Lyon to break the deadlock, and once the first goal went in, fans around the world were treated to a stunning battle between the two European heavyweights.
It was midfielder Amandine Henry who opened up the scoring with a sensational strike from outside the area. The 32-year-old won the ball through a slide tackle and sent her shot rifling into the top corner from more than 25-yards out.
Henry’s composure and confidence marked a huge moment for her club, who made it clear they were not leaving the Allianz Stadium without taking their crown back.
Barcelona, clearly rocked from the quick opener, struggled to deal with Lyon’s pressure and found themselves once again at the mercy of the resilient French attack.
Ada Hegerberg doubled the lead in the 23rd minute, adding to her impressive run of form since she returned from injury in October 2021. The Norwegian was sidelined for 21 months after suffering an ACL injury back in January 2020.
Lyon’s failure to pick up a single trophy during the 2020/21 season showed how crucial Hegerberg is to the team. Not only did they relinquish their European champion status, but they lost the league for the first time in 14 years.
Her return has been gargantuan for Lyon and she played a huge role in toppling the almighty Barcelona in Turin.
Catarina Macario added another goal to the tally ten minutes after Hegerberg’s strike, taking Lyon almost out of sight before the half-time whistle had even blown.
An Alexia Putellas strike just before the break gave Barca hope, but it would prove to be merely a consolation goal as the European royalists reigned supreme once again.
The second half was goalless but not without its drama as Barcelona pushed to find a way back into the match. But Lyon’s defence stood strong and saw out the final 45 minutes, setting up their sixth Champions League celebration in seven years.