Lyon beats PSG to claim 4th Women's Champions League title
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 18:00
Again Lyon triumphed, again they won 7-6 over spot-kicks.
The PSG keeper was inconsolable on the turf as Lyon prepared to hoist the Champions League trophy for a fourth time, following a sixth European final in eight seasons. Each side had a chance to claim the match victor after the break, but Lyon's Ada Hegerberg could not convert her opportunity shortly after the restart, while Marie-Laure Delie put a shot just wide of the target for PSG's best opportunity of the second half.
It is a time for celebration for head coach Gerard Precheur and his side. "(Tonight) was the right moment, because the other goalkeeper had missed".
Bouhaddi's opposite number Katarzyna Kiedrzynek had seconds earlier missed from 12 yards to hand Lyon a crucial advantage in the shoot-out.
Lyon's Galacticos (Galacticas?) won the treble past year and are looking to do so again.
The first half saw Bouhaddi makes two fine saves for Lyon, who lost the services of United States of America striker Alex Morgan midway through the opening period through injury.
Indeed, the Parisian side, who lost the Coupe de France final to the same opponents by the same method, could count themselves unfortunate not to have beaten their male counterparts to the club's first European crown.
Lyon's goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi (left) celebrates with teammate Kadeisha Buchanan after scoring the winning penalty during the Women's Champions League Final soccer match at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Thursday, June 1, 2017. We might not have had enough players to win every competition but we need to be very strong mentally.
"We'll go back to work, we'll never give up", PSG coach Patrice Lair said.
Alex Morgan, who only joined Lyon in January, become only the fourth USA footballer in history to win a European Cup.
"There was belief that we had in this team that we were going to pull it out at the end".
Ahead of the final, UEFA launched a campaign - #WePlayStrong - aimed to encouraging more women to play soccer across Europe.