Barcelona take on Lyon in the Women’s Champions League final


Reigning champions Barcelona reached the Women’s Champions League final at the expense of their perfect season.

Barcelona lost the second leg semi-final to Wolfsburg 2-0 in Germany but advanced 5-3 on aggregate.

The Spanish side had won every game in all competitions, including 5-1 against Wolfsburg in the first leg last week. Barcelona’s previous defeat dates back to June 2021.

The defending champion will face seven-time defending champions Lyon in the final on May 21 in Turin, Italy.

Lyon beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the semi-final second leg. In an all-French tie, Lyon advanced 5-3 on aggregate after winning the first leg 3-2 last week.

The competition’s all-time top scorer, Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg, took her record to 58.

Barcelona dominated the first half at Wolfsburg but lacked finishing touches. Wolfsburg shattered Barcelona’s aura of invincibility in the second half. Tabea Wassmuth scored in the 47th minute with a long-range strike, his 10th goal in the competition, level with Barcelona midfielder Alexia Putellas.

Midfielder Jill Roord doubled the lead in the 59th minute.

Barcelona are looking to repeat their hat-trick from last season. Barcelona have already won the Spanish league and are in the Copa de la Reina semi-finals.

After Hegerberg’s header opened, PSG equalized in the second half through striker Marie-Antoinette Katoto.

Lyon captain Wendie Renard sealed the victory by scoring a free kick with a header in the 83rd minute.

The rivalry is tense between the two clubs. PSG knocked out Lyon in the 2021 quarter-finals after Lyon beat PSG in the 2020 semi-finals.


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