Barcelona v Lyon: 2022 Women’s Champions League final – live! | Women’s Champions League

3 minutes Cascarino beats Rolfo with ease on the right and draws up a cross deflected by Malard’s coaster. Lyon got off to a fast start.

2 minutes Horan was fouled 35 yards from goal, allowing Lyon to send Renard and Mbock Bathy forward. In fact, Bacha goes straight to the point, winding a few yards wide. Panos had it covered.

34 seconds Barcelona were leading 1-0 at this stage last year.

1 minute Peeppeep! Lyon kicks off the game by kicking from right to left before our eyes.

Players pose for pre-match photos, then captains Alexia Putellas and Wendie Renard go through the formalities. Let’s go for the 2022 Champions League final!

A bit of national news

According to Barca’s Twitter account, fans sing their boring song ‘Oh le le, Oh la la’,” Charles Antaki begins, “when it was a golden opportunity to actually use the ‘…. by far the greatest team the world has ever seen’ song with any degree of plausibility, at least compared to it being sung by fans of, say, and with the utmost respect etc., Watford .

Thanks Will, hello everyone. Before the players come out of the tunnel, let’s do a recall of the teams.

Barcelona (4-3-3) panoramic; Torrejon, Paredes, Leon, Rolfo; Bonmati, Guijarro, Putellas; Graham Hansen, Hermoso, Caldentey.
Replacements: Font, Meritxell Munoz, Serrano, Pina, Ouahabi, Pereira, Crnogorcevic, Oshoala, Martens, Syrstad Engen.

Lyons (4-3-3) Endler; Charpentier, Fox, Mbock Bathy, Bacha; Horan, Henri, Macaire; Cascarino, Hegerberg, Malard.
Replacements: Bouhaddi, Holmgren, Morroni, Gunnarsdottir, Le Sommer, Egurrola, Van De Donk, Sombath, Laurent, Buchanan, Cayman, Benyahia.

Arbitrator Lina Lehtovaara (Finland).

It was a pleasure, albeit brief, but it’s time to pass the baton to Rob Smith. He’s just covered the Scottish Cup final, so take it easy on him.

A reminder of how the finalists got here. Barcelona totally dominated the group stage, winning all six games against Arsenal, Hoffenheim and Danish club HB Køge. They then beat Real Madrid 8-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, before a slightly tighter semi-final against Wolfsburg in which they won the first leg 5-1 but lost the second leg 2-0.

Lyon, meanwhile, have won all but one of their games in the group stage, with only one defeat inflicted by Bayern Munich. They overtook Juventus in the quarters, triumphing 4-3 on aggregate, before overcoming domestic rivals PSG in the semi-finals.

Lyon supporters make noise at Juventus Stadium
Lyon supporters make noise at Juventus Stadium. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters

With the supporters who traveled to Turin, the Blaugranes will be cheered by thousands of people at home. A large crowd gathered to watch the match at Placa de Catalunya in central Barcelona.

Mentrestant, a Plaça Catalunya… 👏

📍 ¡Barcelona está con vosotras!

💙 ❤#MoreThanEmpowerment pic.twitter.com/uGzxM8E7ZC

— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) May 21, 2022

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A reminder of how to watch the big game. It will air on ITV4, with coverage starting at 5.30pm. It’s in – oh, wow, is it time? – just under two minutes.

As with the rest of the Women’s Champions League this season, it will also be available to stream live on DAZN’s YouTube channel. Just in case you are extremely online and prefer this to watching on TV.

The warm-ups have started with Lyon on the pitch to put the finishing touches on their pre-match preparation.

𝑨𝑳𝑳𝑬𝒁 💪🔴🔵#FCBOL #UWCLFinal pic.twitter.com/Q2G2pxdgt3

— OL Féminin (@OLfeminin) May 21, 2022

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The atmosphere rises at Juventus Stadium. Barcelona fans greeted the team’s coaches with smoke bombs and a sea of ​​flags as the stands gradually filled with supporters.

𝙊𝙝 𝙡𝙚 𝙡𝙚
𝙊𝙝 𝙡𝙖 𝙡𝙖
𝙎𝙚𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙡 𝘽𝙖𝙧𝙘̧𝙖 𝙚́𝙨
𝙀𝙡 𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙧 𝙦𝙪𝙚 𝙝𝙞 𝙝𝙖

💙❤ pic.twitter.com/44a4h2MuBB

— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) May 21, 2022

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𝙊𝙝 𝙡𝙚 𝙡𝙚
𝙊𝙝 𝙡𝙖 𝙡𝙖
𝙎𝙚𝙧 𝙙𝙚𝙡 𝘽𝙖𝙧𝙘̧𝙖 𝙚́𝙨
𝙀𝙡 𝙢𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙧 𝙦𝙪𝙚 𝙝𝙞 𝙝𝙖

💙❤ pic.twitter.com/44a4h2MuBB

— FC Barcelona Femeni (@FCBfemeni) May 21, 2022

Speaking of pre-game interviews, Suzanne Wrack spoke with Lyonnaise Catarina Macario. The United States international has the unenviable task of unlocking Barcelona’s defense tonight.

Will Magee here, temporarily replacing Rob Smyth. If you’re looking for some pre-game reading, why not check out Emma Kemp’s interview with Ellie Carpenter? She starts right back for Lyon tonight.

Tot a punt!! 😬 pic.twitter.com/MrTTBZQD9c

— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) May 21, 2022

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News from the Lyon team

… and here is Lyon’s starting XI.

𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗿𝗲 𝗫𝗜 𝗱𝗲 𝗱𝗲́𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗽𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗮 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗲 ⚔🔴🔵#FCBOL #UWCLFinal pic.twitter.com/tRUjilDxt1

— OL Féminin (@OLfeminin) May 21, 2022

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Barcelona team news

Here’s how the defending champions will line up tonight.

1️⃣1️⃣ #FCBFemeni OFICIAL #UWCLFinal
👌 @stanleytools
💙❤️ #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/VpTptM9k3n

— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) May 21, 2022

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Suzanne Wrack match preview

Un coup d’œil à la pelouse du Juventus Stadium 👀🔴🔵#FCBOL #UWCLFinal pic.twitter.com/ZNYupdN1Ig

— OL Féminin (@OLfeminin) May 21, 2022

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Preamble

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Champions League final between Barcelona and Lyon in Turin. The best sport – the really, really, really good stuff – doesn’t need hype or ballyhoo. This game can be summed up in less than 50 characters, let alone 140: reigning champions versus eternal champions.

Lyon have won this tournament a record seven times, including five in a row from 2016 to 20. But Barcelona took over from them last year and advance to tonight’s final as overwhelming favourites. Their track record in all competitions this season comes from the realms of fantasy football: P44 W43 D0 L1 F210 A19.

Can I stop you there. Could you go back and review those numbers: 44 games, 43 wins, TWO HUNDRED AND TEN GOALS! Their team includes Alexia Putellas, the best player in the world, as well as Jenni Hermoso, Caroline Hansen, Aitana Bonmatí and many other stars. When our expert panel voted for the 100 best female footballers in the world at the end of last year, six of the top 10 were Barcelona players.

This time last year, they sliced ​​and diced Chelsea in the final in Gothenburg, scoring all four goals in the opening 36 minutes, and Lyon’s first job will be to go through the opening 10 minutes unscathed.

Part of Barcelona’s (drink!) journey to the top was a 4-1 hammering by Lyon in the 2019 final. They fell victim to an even faster start that night, with all four goals coming in the first half hour. That included a hat-trick from the great Ada Hegerberg, whose presence tonight could give the Barcelona defense the heebie-jeebies.

A victory for Barcelona would complete their journey (drink!) from contenders to undisputed champions. In one fell swoop they can put 2019 to bed, retain the Champions League, beat Lyon for the first time in their history and prove beyond any unreasonable doubt that they are the best team in the world.

Lyon would like to blur the image a lot. If they win, last season could be seen as a one-time event rather than a changing of the guard. But for now, Lyon are in the unusual position of starting as underdogs. They are recovering from a miserable 2020-21, in which Paris Saint-Germain ended their long reigns as champions of France and Europe (14 and 5 years respectively). Hegerberg has missed the entire season with an ACL injury, so you can understand if Lyon put an asterisk against his underperformance.

Lyon got their revenge by beating PSG in the Champions League semi-finals this year and will regain the French title with one game to spare if they avoid defeat in Paris next weekend. It’s too early to say they’re back to their best, but they’re at least back where they belong – in a Champions League final.

To start up 6 p.m.

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