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Tyresö, holders Wolfsburg advance to UWCL final

Tyresö will face holders Wolfsburg in the UWCL final. (Photo: www.parismania.fr )

The 2013-14 UEFA Women’s Champions League final is set after Tyresö and defending champions VfL Wolfsburg emerged victorious on Sunday in Leg 2 of their semifinals.

Christen Press scored twice and assisted on Marta’s goal for Tyresö in a 3-0 home win over Birmingham City. All three goals came in the second half, ending the drama after a scoreless first leg in the aggregate series. Marta also assisted Press’ first goal, and provided the cross that eventually led to Press’ second. The Brazilian did, however, miss a penalty kick in the 49th minute.

Holders Wolfsburg put up four goals in a 4-2 win over fellow German club Turbine Potsdam after the two teams also played a scoreless first leg.

Julia Simic gave Potsdam the 7th minute lead, but Wolfsburg captain Nadine Kessler equalized 10 minutes later and Alexandra Popp added two more goals before halftime just minutes after Genoveva Añonma had put Potsdam back in front following a bad mistake from Wolfsburg goalkeeper Almuth Schult. Popp’s second stood as the game-winner, and Martina Müller added an insurance goal in the 80th minute.

“This was a great advertisement for women’s football and you need two strong teams for that,” Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellermann said. “Potsdam have played the same tactical system for years. It can be an advantage, but we spotted some weaknesses and if players provide pinpoint crosses like we did today it is difficult to defend a player like Alexandra Popp, who is strong in the air.”

Tyresö and Wolfsburg will meet on May 22 in Lisbon for the final.

“We have reached our goal, our dream,” Tyresö boss Tony Gustavsson said.

“I have put my entire soul, my entire heart into this team and the players have responded by giving me everything in return. Now we will just go and enjoy the final, because however it goes, we will come home as heroes. The German side will be favourites, so we will go down there and the play the game with smiles on our faces.”

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