FC Barcelona banish past disappointments with dramatic Women’s Champions League victory

(CNN) — Barcelona overcame a 2-0 loss and beat Wolfsburg 3-2 in a dramatic Women’s Champions League final and banished last year’s disappointment.

The only stain on Barcelona’s winning record in recent seasons was last year’s Champions League final when they succumbed to a 3-1 loss to Lyon, despite having hovered around the records and then became the first football team to win 50 consecutive league games.

Saturday’s final against Wolfsburg in Eindhoven, Netherlands, was a chance for redemption, but trailing 2-0 at half-time, it looked like Barcelona would have to wait at least another year for a second trophy. of the Champions League.

Wolfsburg took the lead after three minutes when Ewa Pajor stole the ball from Barcelona defender Lucy Bronze and found the back of the net with a powerful strike for his ninth goal in this Champions League, the most of this season .

Barcelona had chances: Irene Paredes’ header floated inches from the goal post and Caroline Graham Hansen couldn’t find the back of the net when she latched onto Leon’s cross, but it it was Wolfsburg who struck next and doubled their lead. .

Legendary striker Alexandra Popp timed her run to perfection when she headed Pajor’s pass into the box to equal a record fourth goal in the Women’s Champions League final.

Paralluelo nearly scored for Barcelona just before half-time, but Merle Frohms made the save bravely and brilliantly.

Still, it was a glimpse of Barcelona’s ruthless brilliance as they equalized with two goals from Patri Guijarro in quick succession just five minutes after half-time to the delight of Barcelona fans in the crowd.

The players celebrate with the champions trophy. Credit: Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images/Getty Images

“We made it difficult for ourselves in the first half even though we created a lot of chances,” Bronze told Dazn afterwards.

“We knew we had enough quality to come back to any game. I don’t think we ever worried about scoring three goals, which is crazy, but that’s the talent of this team.”

The game continued at breakneck pace but it was Barcelona who emerged victorious when Fridolina Rolfö scored the winning goal in the 70th minute after the Wolfsburg defense made a series of errors trying to clear the ball .

La victoria soldó el estatus de Barcelona como el team dominant en el fútbol europeo de clubs femenino, ya que obtuvo su segundo título de Champions League en tres años, uniéndose a un grupo elite de solo otros seis teams que han ganado el trofeo más de una time.

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