Lyon claimed back-to-back Champions League titles as goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi inflicted more penalty shoot-out misery on Paris St Germain.
But Bouhaddi was the scoring hero rather than the saviour with the gloves for Lyon.
The France international took the decisive spot-kick for Lyon to win 7-6 on penalties after 120 goalless minutes at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Lyon coach Gerard Precheur: “It was a very tough and tense game, but only the result counts. Paris was quite a challenge for us in the first half, but I think we were the stronger team towards the end of the match. Our forwards had a tough time. We had to substitute Alex Morgan after 20 minutes and Ada Hegerberg had stomach problems. She threw up and had a fever, and those problems prevented us from scoring. But it was a good showcase for women’s football and it is victory that counts in women’s football finals.”PSG coach Patrice Lair: “I wish things could change but we did not have all the weapons we would have wanted. The penalty shoot-out is always a technical phase and we did not have the maturity to win. But we will never give up. We have been building our team and it was exceptional to get here.”
Tweet of the match
Kelly Simmons, the Football Association’s football participation and development director, sums it up succinctly
Star woman – Sarah Bouhaddi
Having made two great saves in the first half, the Lyon goalkeeper remained solid and saved Grace Geyoro’s penalty in the shootout. If that was not enough, Bouhaddi scored the winner in the shootout after PSG goalkeeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek dragged wide.
Moment of the match
After such a tense match, it boiled down to a penalty shootout – just like the French Cup last month. Again Lyon triumphed, again they won 7-6 over spot-kicks. Kiedrzynek’s heart-breaking miss and Bouhaddi’s goal were the key moments.
Stat of the match
Victory means Lyon have matched Frankfurt’s record of winning the competition four times, having already equalled the German side’s total of six finals.
Lyon: Sarah Bouhaddi 7, Griedge M’Bock Bathy 5, Wendie Renard 7, Kadeisha Buchanan 6, Amel Majri 7, Saki Kumagai 7, Camille Abily 6, Eugenie Le Sommer 7, Alex Morgan 6, Dzsenifer Marozsan 7, Ada Hegerberg 6. Substitutes: Elodie Thomis (for Morgan, 22) 6, Pauline Bremer (for Hegerberg, 60) 6, Claire Lavogez (for Thomis, 107) 6.Paris St Germain: Katarzyna Kiedrzynek 7, Grace Geyoro 6, Sabrina Delannoy 6, Irene Paredes 6, Shirley Cruz 7, Aminata Diallo 6, Formiga 7, Eve Perisset 6, Ashley Lawrence 7, Cristiane 7, Marie-Laure Delie 7. Substitutes: Veronica Boquete (for Diallo, 57) 6, Laura Georges (for Cruz, 80) 6, Perle Morroni (for Perisset, 90) 6.
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