UEFA Women’s Champions League!
FC Barcelona's captain Alexia Putellas (C) lifts the trophy of the UEFA Women's Champions League after defeating Olympique Lyonnais in the final soccer match at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain, 25 May 2024. EFE/LUIS TEJIDO

UEFA Women’s Champions League!


Sports Desk, May 26 (EFE).-

Aitana Bonmatí and Alexia Putellas scored in the second half to hand Barcelona their third UEFA Women’s Champions League title in four years with a 2-0 win over Lyon on Saturday.

Their win made Barcelona the first Spanish women’s side to claim a quadruple, having also won the league, Spanish Cup, and Spanish Super Cup this season.

Lyon had defeated Barcelona in all four previous matches between the teams, including the 2019 and 2022 finals.

But in front of more than 50,000 supporters at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao, the Catalan side came out as the better side.

Barcelona’s third European crown leaves them behind only Lyon’s eight and Frankfurt’s four titles.

Current Ballon d’Or holder Bonmati took her team into the lead in the 63rd minute after a dominating first half, beating the Lyon goalkeeper after a deflection off Vanessa Gilles.

Lyon created some pressure in response but could not find an equalizer. They instead conceded a goal in the final minute of extra time.

Former Ballon d’Or winner Putellas struck into the top of the net to put the gloss on the victory, coming to the field as a late substitute.

“It was an incredible game. I am really happy, and it’s one of the best days of my life, for sure,” said Barcelona coach Jonatan Giraldez. “We did an amazing job. I am very proud of all of them.”

Lyon coach Sonia Bompastor appeared utterly dejected.

“The disappointment is great, and losing a final is very hard, but Barça played a great game,” she said.

With the win, Barcelona became the fourth club to successfully defend the title in the Women’s Champions League after Umea, Lyon, and Wolfsburg. EFE


FC Barcelona’s Aitana Bonmati celebrates the 1-0 during the UEFA Women’s Champions League final between FC Barcelona Femeni and Olympique Lyonnais Femenin at San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain, 25 May 2024. EFE/Miguel Tona

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