Barcelona beat Lyon 2-0 to win Women's Champions League


How Barcelona made it past 'bogey' team Lyon to lift UWCL trophy

Sophie Lawson reacts to Barcelona's 2-0 victory over Lyon to win the women's Champions League.

Second-half goals from Aitana Bonmatí and Alexia Putellas earned Barcelona a 2-0 win over Lyon in the Women's Champions League final Saturday, their second straight victory in the competition.

Barça, who beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 in last year's final, came into the game seeking to go one better than their 2019 and 2022 finals against French powerhouse Lyon, which they lost 4-1 and 3-1 respectively.

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This time around, they finally found the right combination of organisation and individual brilliance to beat Lyon, the most successful team in the competition's history, in a tight, tense final.

With a huge number of their fans in attendance at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao, Barcelona survived an early scare when Lucy Bronze almost steered the ball into her own net in the 14th minute, but instead it struck the woodwork and bounced harmlessly away.

At the other end, Lyon's Vanessa Gilles had to clear the ball off the line when a Mariona Caldentey shot that had been saved ricocheted goalward, and Caroline Graham Hansen also went close to scoring as the first half finished 0-0.

Barça gradually got more of a grip on the game, and Bonmatí, who won the Ballon d'Or and FIFA Best Women's Player award for 2023, broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute with a shot from a tight angle that deflected off Lyon's Gilles past keeper Christiane Endler.

Lyon sent on Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg, but the competition's record goal scorer, who has been troubled by injury for much of the season, was unable to find the net despite a couple of decent chances.

Instead, Putellas, who had been struggling with a persistent knee problem, came off the bench and netted a stoppage-time goal to seal Barcelona's win.