Matildas star claims Champions League title with Lyon

Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon extended its European dominance by beating Wolfsburg 3-1 to win its fifth-straight women’s Champions League title on Sunday.

Eugenie Le Sommer, Saki Kumagai and Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir scored for Lyon as it clinched a record-extending seventh Champions League trophy.

Carpenter, who was an unused substitute in the final, moved to the French giants in June, a move that has instantly paid off in terms of silverware.

The victory confirmed the 20-year-old Matildas star has joined a powerhouse club, and should she be able to force her way into the starting XI, there will likely be plenty more silverware to come.

Ellie Carpenter’s move to Lyon has already proven to be smart from a trophy-winning perspective.(Pool via AP: Clive Brunskill)

Wolfsburg, seeking its third title after back-to-back triumphs in 2013 and 2014, got on the board with Alex Popp after its French rival had opened a two-goal lead in the first half.

Wolfsburg also lost the final to Lyon in 2016 and 2018.

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Le Sommer scored in the 25th minute before Kumagai added to the lead shortly before halftime.

Gunnarsdottir sealed the victory in the 88th after Popp had got Wolfsburg on the board in the 58th.

“We played a great season, we can be proud, and I can proud to be part of this team,” Popp said.

Lyon’s Le Sommer, Wendie Renard and Sarah Bouhaddi each won their seventh European title, moving them one clear of the men’s record held by Paco Gento.

“It’s actually quite difficult to believe we have managed our fifth straight title, to be honest,” Bouhaddi said. “We’re super proud of ourselves, it was a very difficult competition.”

It was the fourth final between the two clubs, and their third in the past five years. Wolfsburg’s only triumph over Lyon came in the first final between the teams in 2013.

It was Wolfsburg’s first loss in 41 games, since a 4-2 home defeat in the Champions League quarterfinals against Lyon in March 2019.

Lyon still hasn’t lost a competitive match since the French Cup final against Paris Saint-Germain in May 2018.

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