The Spanish FC Barcelona, titled in 2021, won the second Champions League in their history by overthrowing the German Wolfsburg 3-2 at the end of a spectacular final played in front of 33,000 people, Saturday, June 3 in Eindhoven (Netherlands).
The celebration of Barça Femini, started in the sunny streets of Eindhoven, was almost spoiled by the canon start of the "Wölfinnen" ("wolves"), more enterprising and ultra-efficient under the blows of Ewa Pajor (3rd, 0-1) and Alexandra Popp (37th, 0-2).
Leading 2-0 at half-time, the Blaugrana turned the tide in a supercharged second half, appropriating the motto of their opponents, "Immer Hungrig" ("always hungry"), to bite them on the return from the dressing room.
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.
Hegemony of the Catalans, disillusionment for the Germans
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.
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.
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.
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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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