Lyon beat Barcelona 3-1 to claim eighth UWCL title

A one-sided first-half performance helped Lyon beat Barcelona 3-1 to claim a record eighth UEFA Women's Champions League title in Turin. 

The French side asserted their dominance from the first whistle, with their players charging forward and creating several half-chances in the first few minutes.

In the sixth minute, the early Lyon pressure paid off when Amandine Henry scored a spectacular long-range effort to put the seven-time champions ahead.

This goal shellshocked Barcelona, who throughout the first 45 minutes struggled to communicate with each other and made a number of unforced errors. It was only a matter of time until Lyon scored a second.

This eventuality came in the 23rd minute when the competition’s all-time leading goalscorer Ada Hegerberg got on the end of a perfect cross from Selma Bacha.

Then just 10 minutes later, it was 3-0 Lyon after a chaotic period of play in the Barcelona box. Hegerberg managed to get on the end of a loose ball and find Catarina Macario, who was able to calmly pass the ball into the back of Sandra Panos’ net.

Three goals down after 33 minutes, it seemed like the task was already too big for the defending champions, but they were given a lifeline by captain Alexia Putellas who volleyed home a Caroline Graham Hansen cross to make it 3-1 towards the end of the first half.

Going into the second half with a two-goal lead, it was no surprise that Lyon opted for a controlled approach, but there was a massive scare for the French side in the 56th minute.

Barcelona’s Patricia Guijarro Gutierrez spotted Lyon goalkeeper Christine Endler off her line and hit the bar with a 40-yard effort.

That was the only clear chance from the second half as Lyon showcased their experience on these occasions, whether it be well-timed substitutions or tactical fouls.

For Barcelona, Saturday’s final was a bad day at the office, Lyon looked more fired up for the game, and it showed in the way they played and fully deserved the trophy at the end of the tournament, which has seen records broken both on and off the pitch.

Re-live the best moments from Lyon’s 3-1 win below.

FT Lyon are crowned UWCL champions

Lyon has won an eighth UWCL title after beating defending champions Barcelona 3-1 in Turin!

90+7' Hegerberg hits the post

Ada Hegerbeg almost makes it four, but her effort on the Barcelona goal hits the post.

Just seconds remain before the final whistle is blown. 

Seven minutes added onto the second half

Seven minutes have been added onto the end of the second half.

Can Lyon hold onto their 3-1 lead or will Barcelona produce a remarkable comeback?

81' Third substitution for Lyon

Lyon is looking to consolidate their 3-1 lead with a defensive substitution which sees Delphine Cascarino make way for Perle Morroni. 

Are Lyon closing in on the trophy?

Is Lyon on the brink of winning an eighth UWCL title? Their fans inside the stadium certainly think so. 

76' Barcelona make a fourth change

Fridolina Rolfo is replaced by Claudia Pina, who Barcelona fans will be hoping can have an immediate impact in Turin.

Barcelona 1-3 Lyon

72' Lyon's second substitution

Melvine Malard makes way for the experienced Eugenie Le Sommer. 

Lyon still lead Barcelona 3-1. 

64' Macario shown yellow

Catarina Macario is the second Lyon player to be shown a yellow card by the referee. 

59' Barcelona make two changes

The side trailing 3-1 make two substitutions. 

Marta Torrejon and Maria Francesca Caldentey Oliver make way for Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic and Lieke Martens. 

Barcelona 1-3 Lyon

56' Guijarro hits the bar for Barcelona

Barcelona came close to making it 3-2 after Patricia Guijarro Gutierrez's effort from 40 yards out hits the bar. 

An unbelievable effort from the midfielder!

Barcelona 1-3 Lyon 

45' Second half underway

Barcelona gets us back underway in Turin.

At the start of this second 45-minute period, the defending champions made a change with Asisat Oshoala coming on for Jennifer Hermoso. 

HT Barcelona 1-3 Lyon

The referee brings a goal-filled first half to a close.

Lyon have dominated throughout, but Barcelona have given themselves hope with a late strike from Alexia Putellas.

A drama-filled second half awaits... 

45+2' Hegerberg booked

Lyon goalscorer Ada Hegerbeg has been shown a yellow card. 

Barcelona 1-3 Lyon

45' Four minutes added time in the first half

The fourth offical has indicated there will be four minutes added time at the end of the first half.

Lyon still lead 3-1. 

41' Barcelona pull one back

A sign of life for Barcelona, who have scored their first goal of the game. 

Caroline Graham Hansen's cross finds the Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas who slots it home.

Barcelona 1-3 Lyon 

33' Lyon score a third

Lyon has asserted control with a third unanswered goal. 

After a chaotic passage of play in the Barcelona box, Ada Hegerbeg finds Catarina Macario, who simply passes the ball into the net.

Barcelona player Maria Pilar Leon also received a yellow card in the build-up.

Barcelona 0-3 Lyon

23' Lyon double their lead

Ada Hegerberg makes it 2-0 Lyon!

A perfect cross from Selma Bacha finds Hegerbeg in the Barcelona box who finds the back of Sandra Panos' goal.

Barcelona 0-2 Lyon

20' Barcelona making silly mistakes

Barcelona seems to be struggling with the occasion.

The players are having problems communicating and making unforced errors. 

Barcelona 0-1 Lyon 

14' Early substitution for Lyon

Lyon's Ellie Carpenter is forced off through injury and is replaced by Kadeisha Buchanan. 

6' Lyon take the lead

Lyon has taken the lead through a superb long-range effort from Amandine Henry.

The French side have been on the front foot from the opening minute. Time for Barcelona to respond. 

Barcelona 0-1 Lyon

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