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Lyon beat Barcelona 3-1 to claim eighth UWCL title

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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.

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We're underway

The referee has blown the whistle and Lyon get the 2021/22 UWCL final underway. 

Teams make their entrance ahead of kick-off

Barcelona and Lyon make their way onto the pitch ahead of tonight's final and the atmosphere is electric!

Opening ceremony is underway

The usual pre-match festivities that take place before these showpiece events are underway.

Kickoff is not too far away now. 

Both teams out for the warm-ups

The Barcelona and Lyon squads are warming up ahead of tonight's game in Turin.

Kickoff is 25 minutes away!

Lyon's road to Turin

Lyon are no strangers to reaching this stage of the European season and will have its eyes set on an eighth UWCL title.

Here's a look back on their campaign so far ahead of tonight's game. 

Barcelona's road to the final

Barcelona has been a joy to watch during this season's competition. Re-live the team's journey to Turin below, which includes a win over Spanish rivals Real Madrid. 

Lyon starting XI revealed

Seven-time champions Lyon have announced their team for tonight's Turin showpiece. 

Barcelona team announced

Here is the starting XI for the defending champions Barcelona. 

Good evening and welcome

Good evening and welcome to DAZN News' coverage of the 2021/22 UEFA Women's Champions League final between Barcelona and Lyon.

Team news for both sides is on the way shortly. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. BST / 7 p.m. CET / 1 p.m. ET. 

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