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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Lyon beats Barcelona win 4th straight Women's Champions League title

Lyon beats Barcelona 4-1 to win sixth Women's Champions League title since 2011.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — All Ada Hegerberg asks of her teammates is to put the ball in front of the goal.

Hegerberg, the first female Ballon d’Or winner, and Lyon showed off their considerable strengths by thrashing Barcelona 4-1 in the final to win their fourth consecutive Women’s Champions League on Saturday.

Hegerberg scored three times in the first half to star for the French squad, which also won its sixth Champions League crown since 2011.

Hegerberg’s ability to work with her teammates impressed her coach, too.

Lyon beats Barcelona 4-1 to win fourth straight Women's Champions League & 6th since 2011.

Dzsenifer Marozsan, also the captain of Germany, opened the scoring in the fifth minute, with local fans in Ferencvaros Stadion giving the Budapest-born midfielder a huge ovation.

But it was the ruthless Hegerberg who quickly put the final out of reach, her hat trick lifting her tally of Champions League goals to 42.

She scored three goals in 17 minutes, assisted by Shanice van de Sanden in the 14th minute, Amel Majri in the 19th, and Lucy Bronze in the 30th.

This was Hegerberg’s last major match of the season. The Norwegian star won’t be at the Women’s World Cup next month in France because she hasn’t played for her national squad since 2017 due to a dispute with the national federation.

Van de Sanden, who also assisted on Marozsan’s goal, was a constant threat on the right side, her speed posing a major challenge for the Barcelona defense.

Only Barcelona substitute Asisat Oshoala was able to breac h Lyon’s goal, scoring in the 89th on a three-on-three counterattack in a match otherwise easily dominated by the speedy Lyon.

Lluis Cortes, coach of the first Spanish club to reach the Women’s Champions League final, took positives from the season.

Barcelona’s Toni Duggan wasted a clear chance in the fourth minute with a razing shot wide left which could have set a different pace for the final, but Lyon amply demonstrated the quality which has netted 17 French League titles since 1991 and nine French Cup trophies since 2003.

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