Led 2-0 at half-time, the Blaugrana turned the tide in a supercharged second half that capsized with happiness the thousands of Catalan fans who came to fill the PSV Stadion, filled with more than 33,000 people.
The celebration of Barça Femini, started in the sunny streets of Eindhoven, was however almost spoiled by the canon start of the "Wölfinnen", more enterprising and ultra-efficient under the blows of Ewa Pajor (3rd, 0-1) and Alexandra Popp (37th, 0-2).
But the Catalans appropriated the motto of their opponents, "Immer Hungrig" ("always hungry"), to bite them on the return from the locker room.
Germany's Alexandra Popp (c) against FC Barcelona in the Champions League final, on June 3, 2023 in Eindhoven © KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP
Patricia "Patri" Guijarro (48th, 50th) sounded the revolt, with her left foot and then her head, and Fridolina Rölfo (70th) finished the job, triggering a din of all the devils in the stands colored blue and garnet.
Two years after the inaugural title of 2021, the Barcelona women establish a little more the dream of European hegemony that they cultivate in the face of the weakening of Lyon, sacred monster of women's football with its eight crowns, eliminated in the spring in the quarter-finals.
The "traumatic" memory, as admitted on Friday the double Ballon d'Or Alexia Putellas, of the final lost last season against OL is now behind her, with a bright future to cultivate.
FC Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas with the Champions League trophy won against Wolfsburg, on June 3, 2023 in Eindhoven © JOHN THYS / AFP
They proved on Saturday that they have much more than a silky technique and a host of stars in their squad. The triumph of Eindhoven is also the coronation of their mind of steel, yet the first quality attributed to their German opponents.
The Louves bit to the teeth at the kick-off in the too soft defense of the Spaniards. Pajor's ninth goal this season in C1 and the fourth in a European final for Popp, Ada Hegerberg's record equalled, did not kill the suspense, thanks to the incredible resilience of the new European champions.
For Wolfburg, crowned in 2013 and 2014, it is another cruel disappointment. This is the fourth continental final in a row lost by the Germans after 2016, 2018 and 2020, each time against Lyon.
Barça experienced these torments in 2019 and 2022, a difficult but surely beneficial learning experience when absorbing the pressure of these drunken peaks.
Barcelona's Patricia Guijarro (r) who scored two goals against Wolfsburg in the Champions League final, on June 3, 2023 in Eindhoven © KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP
The team led by Jonatan Giraldez behaved as champions on Saturday and proudly concluded a European campaign played without Putellas, seriously injured last summer with the selection and returned only at the end of April on the field.
The 2021 and 2022 Ballon d'Or offered himself a crowd bath and a standing ovation as he entered the final minutes, his first appearance this season in the competition. Enough to complete the party on the Barça side.
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