The Women’s Champions League final will feature Alexia Putellas and Ada Hegerberg. The final will be played in Lyon, France, and will be the first time that two teams have met in this women’s football championship. The winners will go on to face seven-time champion Lyon in the final. Here are some key points to remember as you watch the game.
Lyon face Barcelona in Women’s Champions League final
The 2022 UEFA Women’s Champions League final will pit Barcelona against Lyon at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. This match has been dubbed the most anticipated in women’s club football. Both Barcelona and Lyon have won the tournament seven times, but the defending champions are hoping to make history and win the trophy for the first time. Lyon have a history of success in the competition, winning it seven times between 2016 and 2020.
Goals by Ada Hegerberg and Alexia Putellas
Barcelona made it to the Women’s Champions League final after a dramatic comeback against Wolfsburg in the semifinals. The Catalan club lost the second leg 2-0 but advanced 5-3 on aggregate after thumping Wolfsburg 5-0 in the first leg. The Spanish side had won all its previous games in all competitions. Last year’s final ended in a 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea in the Women’s Champions League. Barcelona has now won 45 straight games and have captured the imagination of the local fans. The first leg of the semifinals attracted a world record crowd of 91,648.
Goals by Selma Bacha’s
In the Women’s Champions League final, Lyon fended off Paris Saint-Germain in a 2-1 victory. Selma Bacha’s free kick resulted in a solitary goal for the French side, and later, she added a second with a trademark header. The match was the second in a row that Bacha has scored goals in, and this time, she delivered another perfect ball.
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Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas
The final of the women’s Champions League will bring two Barcelona legends together for the first time. Putellas captained Barca to victory in the last season, scoring a penalty against Chelsea in the final. She has won the Spanish league and cup with the Catalan club, and helped Spain qualify for the Women’s Euro in England. Putellas’s career has gone from strength to strength, and she has become a legend.
Lyon’s Aitana Bonmati
The first goal is likely to be Hegerberg’s. The Swedish striker is back on the pitch after missing the entire season of the Women’s Champions League, when her team lost to Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals. She has scored 50 goals in the competition, faster than any other player in history. In November, she scored against Paris Saint-Germain. This season, she has netted five times in nine appearances for Lyon.
Lyon’s Selma Bacha
Both of these players have had impressive seasons in the women’s Champions League. Both are UEFA ambassadors and have played pivotal roles in the treble-winning campaign of Olympique Lyonnais. Ada Hegerberg scored a hat-trick in the UWCL final in 2019 and is the competition’s all-time top scorer. After suffering an ACL injury in January 2020, she missed almost two years. Despite this setback, she returned to the team in October 2021 and scored against BK Hacken in the final.