Women's Champions League: Wolfsburg beat Lyon in final


Wolfsburg beat two-time winners Lyon 1-0 to lift the Women's Champions League trophy for the first time.

Martina Muller's second-half penalty proved the difference to end Lyon's run of 118 competitive games without defeat, other than on penalties.

Victory at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge means Wolfsburg, who had not won a major trophy before this year, secured their third title of the season.

They have won the Women's Bundesliga and German Cup in the past fortnight.

Player of the match Lena Goessling said: "The way everything has happened over the last two weeks is just a dream."

Despite their dominance domestically, Wolfsburg were not expected to deny Lyon a third Champions League crown.

The French side, who have scored 129 goals in 21 league games this season and conceded just five, dominated the first half.

Amandine Henry went close with a powerful header while Wolfsburg defender Ivonne Hartmann denied Lotta Schelin a simple tap-in with a fine block.

Wolfsburg, who were cheered on by a number of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund fans in London for the men's final at Wembley on Saturday, saw Muller go close with a volley on the counter-attack.

But Les Fenottes, appearing in their fourth consecutive final, continued to impress after the break and should have been awarded a penalty when Hartmann handled in the box.

They continued to miss chances, though, and were made to pay in the 73rd minute when Laura Georges's handball was punished and Muller smashed home from the spot to secure victory for Wolfsburg.

Winning coach Ralf Kellermann described his side's display as "a tactical master performance" and added: "I love these English stadiums and I am absolutely delighted."

His Lyon counterpart Patrice Lair said: "We are very disappointed, even though we do not lose very often. We didn't pose enough of a threat and needed to be a bit more effective."

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