Wolfsburg 1-4 Lyon (AET): 2018 Women's Champions League final

Wolfsburg 1-4 Lyon (AET): 2018 Women's Champions League final

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Lyon accelerated away from Wolfsburg in extra-time in Kiev, to win their third consecutive Women's Champions League.
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Olympique Lyonnais became the most successful women's Champions League team on Thursday after recovering to beat VfL Wolfsburg 4-1 and clinch a fifth title with all the goals scored in extra time and the German side finishing with 10 players.

Lyon's Amandine Henry, Eugenie Le Sommer, Ada Hegerberg and Camille Abily got on the scoresheet after Pernille Harder's deflected strike had put the German side ahead early in the extra period after the game finished goalless in 90 minutes.

Lyon, seeking a third straight Champions League triumph and a fifth overall to eclipse four-times winners FFC Frankfurt, dominated possession and had more chances but were stifled by a resolute Wolfsburg defence and goalkeeper Almuth Schult.

The German champions looked as if they were still recovering from being taken to extra time and penalties in Saturday's German Cup final when they beat Bayern Munich.

However, Wolfsburg did take the lead when a long throw out by Schult reached Harder who strode into the opposition half and shot from 25 metres. The ball clipped the heel of Lyon captain Wendie Renard and trickled past goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.

The German side's joy was short-lived when midfielder Alexandra Popp flew in with a reckless challenge and received a second booking, reducing Wolfsburg to 10 players.

It proved to be costly, as Lyon equalised two minutes later. Defender Lena Goessling failed to clear and Henry capitalised, taking the ball into the area and firing into the top corner.

The French side took the lead almost straight from the restart when substitute Shanice van de Sanden raced down the right and into the box, putting in a low cross for Le Sommer to flick the ball into the net.

A scuffed half-volley from Hegerberg shortly before halftime in the extra period made it 3-1 and meant the Norwegian became the first player to score 15 goals in a Champions League campaign.

Veteran Abily, who will retire at the end of the season, fittingly sealed the win with a clean strike four minutes from the end.

The Frenchwoman has played a part in each of Lyon's victorious European campaigns and can cap her career with a glittering treble when the league champions take on Paris St Germain in the French Cup next week.

Wolfsburg 1-4 (AET): minute-by-minute


119'   Lyon just running away with this one now!

116'   Camile Abily slots home and it's 4-1. She is on the brink of her fifth Champions League title!

114'   Hegerberg very nearly scores but Schult rejects her! What a chance. Corner and Schult grabs it again. The German keeper can hold her head high after this one. She's been really good all game.

113' Le Sommer replaced by Abily.

111'   Another cross comes in from that right hand side. Schult saves it.

109'   Why De Sanden didn't start is beyond me? She has changed the game!

109'   Lyon looking for more. Ball in from the right and Hegerberg launches herself at it, sliding along the ground. She misses it and seems to have overdid it. She is stretching out her hamstring now but looks okay.

108' Renard fouls and gives away a free in a dangerous position. Yellow card for her troubles too.

106'   Shot comes in from Wolfsburg but Bouhaddi is okay with it. 

105'   Second half of extra-time is underway!

105'   Half-time in extra-time and Wolfsburg look like they're completely out of this one. Is there a way back for them?

103' Hegerberg with another on! Cascarino with a cross and the striker hits it, not cleanly but well enough to see it bounce over Schult.

101'   Wolfsburg with a cross into the box but nobody waiting on the other end. They're struggling now.

99' GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Le Sommer slots it home and Lyon lead 2-1. De Sanden with a powerful run down the right and pops it inside to Le Sommer and she makes no mistake.

98' Henry with the equaliser! She has been excellent in the second half. Buries it into the top corner. Keeper had no chance.

97'   Renard with the header and that is just over the bar!

96'   De Sanden, who just came on in at the back post and Schult with another save. Corner.

95' Red Card. Popp slides in on Cascarino. She says she got the ball but noo chance really. She was late and gets her second yellow card.

93' Harder GOAL! Against the run of play! She takes a shot and Schult, the keeper will get the assist for that! It took a deflection off Renard.

93'   Cascarino has made some difference to Lyon's attack. ANother cross from her. Cleared by Wolfsburg. 

92'   Just wondering how long more Wolfsburg can hang on for? They've been outplayed here in the second half. Lyon not creating incredible chances either though so hard to call.

91'   We have the first half of extra-time. Quick turn-around for the players and for myself!

90'+8' We are going to extra-time!

90'+8'   They do, just about. Schult grabs the cross.

90'+7'   Still no whistle. Wolfsburg win it back and long ball is out for a throw. Lyon might have one more chance in them.

90'+7'   Cross sent in by Lyon and that's cleared.

90'+6'   Ref is playing away. Renard bundled over by Wedemeyer.

90'+4'   We've entered the fourth minute now and Bouhaddi is still shook on the ground. That might affect her in the penalty shoot-out - if we make it that far!

90'+2'   Really heavy collision between Bouhaddi and Lucy Bronze in the penalty area as Wolfsburg send a free into the box. Sore one. Think the keeper got the worst of that one.

90'+1'   Four minutes of added time. Couple of injuries and a few subs makes sense.

90'   Entering injury time now and Lyon get called for offside.

89'   Another chance. Is it the last one? It falls to Henry and she headers a tame effort into the waiting arms of Schult.

85'   Water break now as Goessling gets attention. She hurt her foot in a clash with Renard. She looks to be fine though and there didn't seem to be any contact?! Strange one but she comes back on.

84'   Wolfsburg up the other end and Lucy Bronze heads a dangerous cross into the box.

84'   Corner comes in and Schult grabs it.

83'   Again! Cascarino sends a ball in from the right. Le SOmmer slides in at the back post and Schult saves it with her legs. So, so close. Great move from Lyon.

82'   Lyon really trying to end this in normal time. Wolfsburg keep repelling them though.

80'   Wolfsburg scramble it away.

78'   A yellow for Maritz. A clumsy slide in and she seemed to hurt herself more in the process. Lyon ready to swing this one into the penalty area. Maroszan eyes it up.

76'   Wolfsburg chasing shadows now. Lyon still can't find the breakthrough though.

74'   Pajor with the ball in the box. Wolfsburg lose it and Lyon break. Shot by Henry and that's over. Not a bad effort and she is really coming into this one now. She's everywhere.

72' Henry really in the wars. She is fouled again, this time by Popp and that's anothe yellow.

70'   Up the other end and Renard fouls.

70'   Replays show IT WAS A GOAL! Lyon have been robbed of a goal.

69'   Looked like a goal but Wolfsburg clear it off the line. Henry heads it towards goal and Schult had come out and missed it. Lyon players think it crossed the line but it didn't.

68'   Another corner for Lyon.

68'   Chance for Wolfsburg but they're really fighting for scraps now. That shot was blocked and rolls into Bouhaddi's arms. 

67'   Oh, another chance. Bronze with a nice ball into the path of Henry and her shot is deflected out for a corner. All Lyon now.

67'   Sore one for Henry, who gets a kick in the nose from Dickenmann. Free for Lyon.

66'   Ball into the box and Maroszan nearly gets a foot to it. Le Sommer with a lovely lofted cross into the box.

65'   Cascarino replaces Bacha.

64'   Corner comes in and Bathy meets it with her head. Just over! 

63'   Chance for Hegerberg. First touch takes her into a tighter angle and she shoots but that's deflected out for a corner. 

62'   Free sent in but Bouhaddi grabs it.

62' That's a yellow card for Bacha as she pulls down Wullaert.

61'   Le Sommer picks it up out to the right. She strikes low and hard but Schult is comfortable behind that one. Tough angle.

61'   Another Wolfsburg injury as Lyon break. Looks like Popp is fine to continue though.

60'   Corner is really poor but it comes back out to Dickenmann and she crosses to the back post. Headed wide.

59'   Decent ball in and it's turned around for a corner. 

58'   Bathy with a foul on Pajor now as Wolfsburg try to launch and attack.

57'   Wedemeyer replaces the Icelandic midfielder. She's in some agony there as she limps off the field.

55'   Gunnarsdottir on the ground now and looks to be in some pain. Muscle injury, it looks like. No contact and she just started limping. No way she continues as the cart drives her off.

53'   Le Sommer picks it up and drives forward. She feels a push in the back by Popp and goes down in the penalty area. She wants a penalty but Popp was very sneaky with the nudge. Referee says no penalty.

52'   Headed on by Le Sommer by Wolfsburg mop up at the back. But make a mistake.

50'   Bathy ready to take a free now. Herself and Renard are formidabble at the back for Lyon. Free now as Bacha is sliced down on the left hand side.

48'   Lyon applying more pressure now. Seems the German side are getting tired.

48'   Ball sent in for Le Sommer and Wolfsburg get it away. 

47'   Bathy is having an excellent game at the back for Lyon. 

46'   No changes at the break either.

46'   We are back underway! Lyon on the attack now and they look to be pushing higher up the field. Schult clears.

45'   Half-time. The referee doesn't play as much as a second of injury time.

43'   Ball over the top again but this time it's to Le Sommer. Bathy delivers and the striker can't get enough on it to properly test Schult.

42'   That ball again over the top to Majri. Blasse caught out by the left winger's shot is blocked. Fairly obviously plot by Lyon.

41'   Lyon still quite comfortable here.

39'   Wolfsburg pushing for that opener. Ball into Pajor and it's a very nice idea but her backheel to a waiting Harder doesn't work out. 

38'   Pajor onside this time but Bathy gets the better of her and gets goalside. Frustrating night so far for the striker.

36'   Pajor called for offside. Replay show it was right decision.

35'   Oh, another corner sent in and Schult punches away. Ball comes back in and Hegerberg with a stooping header. Schult equal to it again.

34'   Wolfsburg on the attack but BAthy snuffs it out and wins a free. Lyon back on the front-foot.

32'   Goalkick for Lyon. Looked like Lyon were going to take control of this and maybe even score but game has slowed down since an early purple patch for them.

29'   Corner send in an Bouhaddi comfortable under that one again.

28'   Harder with a lovely run and pass into the box. Pajor is cut down but the defender got the ball first. Corner.

One of Lyon's earlier efforts. 

28'   Maroszan chases down a loose ball but it's out for a goalkick.

27'   Foul by Blasse, who is being targetted on the left hand side. That's surely a yellow? No, doesn't look like the ref dished out the card.

26'   Wolfsburg with a corner now that Goessling sends in. Renard heads it away.

24'   Strike comes in from Marozsan and Schult with her first save in Wolgsburg's goal. Lyon are getting closer.

23'   What a pass in behind to Majri. Last gasp tackle by Blasse and that's a corner. Lyon improving in this one. 

22'   Schult launches it. Ball into Pajor after it falls in the middle is too heavy. Lyon recover and then give it back to Wolfsburg.

21'   Wolfsburg back in control. Their slow, methodical approach has Lyon working hard but they haven't really had a chance yet. 

20'   Long, diagonal ball looking for Majri but that's out of reach.

20'   Ball put out for a throw by Schult from a kickout. Lyon trying to find a way through.

18'   Goes wide but that's the second chance from a set-piece that Lyon have nearly scored from.

17'   Renard lurking around the corner before Bronze from England shoots on the volley.

17'   That's a corner for Lyon. Hansen looks to have hurt herself as she slid in there. Bacha the one driving down the left. 

15'   Wolfsburg on the attack. Cross sent in and Bouhaddi grabs that one quite comfortably.

13'   Hegerberg is lucky she was offside. Through on goal and slice it well wide. It wouldn't have counted anyway. When I said Wolfsburg were more threatening, maybe they have more possession by Lyon getting better looks in front of goal.

11'   Nice run in behind by Hansen and she sends one across the box but nobody can meet it. Wolfsburg do look more threatening to start this one.

10'   Quite exciting after ten minutes. End to end stuff as Lyon attack and Wolfsburg clear. 

9'   Ball sent in and Gunnarsdottir, the Icelandic midfielder, gets punched in the head by a committed Bouhaddi coming out for the ball. No penalty and Lyon survive.

9'   Dickenmann lays it off to Harder. She loses out.

8'   Ball across the box and Lyon survive. It was a mistake by BAthy and the ball was sent across the box but Pajor couldn't reach it as she slid in.

6'   Free comes in and is headed out to Henry. She shoots but it hits her own player Hegerberg! It was going a mile wide anyway so maybe she did her a favour.

4'   Renard wins the ball back for Lyon. Bathy, her centre-half partner, drives forward and gets chopped down. Popp the culprit and just calms the referee's nerves by telling her it won't happen again. Referee says 'no more!'

3'   Pajor wins the ball but a poor touch sends it out over the sideline and Lyon recover. Wolfsburg have settled into this one and holding more of the ball.

2' Wolfsburg win a throw down the left hand side. 

1' We are underway! Lyon playing from right to left and on the attack.

The two teams are on the field and we are nearly ready for action in Kiev. A very rural stadium is Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium

Kits are ready! 
Going for three in a row tonight. 

Wolfsburg Road to the Final: Round of 32: Atlético Madrid 3-0 away, 12-2 home (agg: 15-2) Round of 16: Fiorentina 4-0a, 3-3h (agg: 7-3) Quarter-finals: Slavia Praha 5-0h, 1-1a (agg: 6-1) Semi-finals: Chelsea 3-1a, 2-0h (agg: 5-1)

Lyon's Road to the Final: Round of 32: Medyk Konin 5-0a, 9-0h (agg: 14-0) Round of 16: BIIK-Kazygurt 7-0a, 9-0h (agg: 16-0) Quarter-finals: Barcelona 2-1h, 1-0a (agg: 3-1) Semi-finals: Manchester City 0-0a, 1-0h (agg: 1-0)

Lyon scored 34! 

Wolfsburg scored 32 goals across eight games on the road to this final! 

  Lyon's XI: 
Wolfsburg's starting XI: 

Some of Harder's accomplishments just this year. UEFA Women's Champions League Squad of the Season, UEFA Women's European Championship All Star Team, Danish Football Player of the Year

Harder is definitely one to watch tonight! 

These two teams have played each other twice in the last four years in the ultimate game in this competition and this game will be the third time in five years! Old foes with plenty of scores to settle. Oh, and both sides won in their last encounters. Who can get the upper hand tonight?

Hello and welcome to the Women's Champions League Final live coverage as we see Lyon taking on Wolfsburg at Valeriy Lobanovskiy Dynamo Stadium with kick-off at 18:00 CEST.