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Retro: Lyon keep their European crown!

Published on the 23 December 2017 à 19:00 by YM

To celebrate the end of 2017, OLWEB.fr invites you to take a look back at that incredible moment when the OL Women lifted a fourth UEFA Women's Champions League crown!



"In 2017, we want to retain all our trophies!" On 1 June, on the pitch at Cardiff City Stadium, Ada Hegerberg's prophecy was coming true. The players recorded the first ever treble in the club's history a year earlier and on that day, they had the chance to repeat the performance by winning a second consecutive Champions title, having already claimed the Women's D1 and the Coupe de France. 

With an insatiable appetite, Gérard Prêcheur's girls arrived in Wales looking to claim the top prize in Europe, against compatriots Paris Saint-Germain. After edging Paris in their league meeting, the league champions then lifted the Coupe de France with a thrilling penalty shootout. These two wins for OL Women went a long way to deciding who would win the Champions League final

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Full of confidence as they entered the arena, Les Lyonnaises were dealt a blow early on when American ace Alex Morgan was injured and forced off the pitch after just 23 minutes. The match had started at a cracking pace, but that injury took the rhythm out of Lyon's game. Lyon failed to take the rare chances that came their way and needed Sarah Bouhaddi in imperial form to deny Cruz (33’) and keep it scoreless at half-time.

Surprisingly outplayed in the first half, Les Olympiennes lifted after the break. But Ada Hegerberg couldn't find the breakthrough with two huge chances (47’ and 52’) and then Delie, at the other end, missed the unmissable (63’). With their two strikers out of inspiration, OL and PSG finished scoreless at the end of the 90 minutes and despite the odd effort, it was still scoreless at the end of extra time.

The dreaded penalty shoot-out would decide this one. But it was to be a long one! Christiane, Delannoy, Delie, Formiga, Boquete and Lawrence all scored for PSG while Majri, Renard, Mbock, Kumagai, Marozsan and Abily netted for OL. Then, after saving from Le Sommer and Geyoro, the goalkeepers Katarzyna Kiedrzynek and Sarah Bouhaddi looked to end the tie. And it was the Lyon goalkeeper that emerged the hero. Her opposite number saw her spot kick fly just wide of the goal before the France international scored hers to see her side crowned champions of Europe! The result saw OL successfully defend all three of their trophies won the previous season and fly the club's flag from the highest point of the women's game on the continent, with a fourth Champions League triumph.



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