BC-SOC--Women’s Champions League Final,1st Ld-Writethru
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lyon beat Barcelona 4-1 in the final to win its fourth consecutive Women’s Champions League on Saturday.
Ada Hegerberg scored three times in the first half to star for the French squad, which also won its sixth Champions League crown since 2011.
Hebergerg was chosen the player of the match but fans will not be able to see the Norwegian star at the Women’s World Cup next month in France because she hasn’t played for her national squad since 2017 due to a dispute with the national federation.
Dzsenifer Marozsan, also the captain of Germany, opened the scoring in the fifth minute, with local fans in Ferencvaros Stadion giving the Budapest-born midfielder a huge ovation.
But it was the ruthless Hegerberg who quickly put the match out of reach. The first female Ballon d’Or winner scored three goals in 17 minutes, assisted by Shanice van de Sanden in the 14th minute, Amel Majri in the 19th, and Lucy Bronze in the 30th.
Van de Sanden, who also assisted on Marozsan’s goal, was a constant threat on the right side, her speed posing a major challenge for the Barcelona defense.
Only Barcelona substitute Asisat Oshoala was able to breach Lyon’s goal, scoring in the 89th on a three-on-three counterattack in a match otherwise easily dominated by the speedy Lyon.
Barcelona’s Toni Duggan wasted a clear chance in the fourth minute with a razing shot wide left which could have set a different pace for the final, but Lyon amply demonstrated the quality which has netted 17 French League titles since 1991 and nine French Cup trophies since 2003.
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