Also in today’s roundup, World Cup Qualifying rosters are announced as European Qualifiers are set to continue
⏰ RESULT ⏰
— #UWCL (@UWCL) May 24, 2018
Olympique Lyon became the record-breaking fifth-time Champions of Europe today, after taking down Wolfburg 4-1 in the Champions League Final in Kyiv on Thursday.
The first full 90 minutes of the match featured stout defense, but not much in the way of attacking fireworks. It looked like for a second straight year the result might hang in the balance of penalty kicks.
However, immediately after extra-time kickoff, a chaotic first 15 minutes of play would define the match. In the 93rd minute, Wolfsburg’s Pernille Harder got a shot off from the top of Lyon’s box, that was deflected past keeper Sarah Bouaddi and into Lyon’s goal, putting Wolfsburg up 1-0.
However, not three minutes after the scoring opened, Wolfsburg striker Alexandra Popp received her second yellow card of the match, resulting in her ejection that brought Wolfsburg down to ten players for the rest of extra-time. Lyon immediately jumped on the shift in momentum, and Amandine Henry equalized the score-line in the 98th minute.
Within a minute after the Henry equalizer, Eugenie Le Sommer put the French side up 2-1 off an assist from Shanice van Sanden. van Sanden would get her second assist in the 103rd minute, when Ada Hegerberg scored her 15th goal in the campaign, putting Lyon up a commanding 3-1.
In the second half of extra time, things slowed down a bit, allowing Lyon to substitute in French legend Camille Abily, playing in her last Champions League match with her club. Abily got the final dream finish in the 116th minute, capping off the night with Lyon’s final goal, and the match would end 4-1.
- Wolfsburg (Harder, 93′)
- Lyon (Henry, 98′)
- Lyon (Le Sommer, 99′)
- Lyon (Hegerberg, 103′)
- Lyon (Abily, 116′)
Wales and Scotland announce World Cup Qualifying rosters
— FA WALES (@FAWales) May 23, 2018
Following a scoreless draw against group leaders England, Wales announced its World Cup Qualifying squad for upcoming matches against Bosnia-Herzagovina and Russia at home.
As expected, the squad features Seattle Reign veteran Jess Fishlock, and both games will be played at home for the Welsh, on June 7th and 12th, respectively.
Similarly, the Scottish FA announced its squad for upcoming matches against Belarus and Poland, after a 3-0 win against the latter in the first stage of group play (Scotland currently sits in second place in their group with 9 points, behind Switzerland’s 15). The squad marks the return of Utah Royals defender Rachel Corsie from injury, and also includes former Seattle Reign legend Kim Little in midfield. The full roster can be seen below:
Goalkeepers: Lee Alexander (Glasgow City), Jenna Fife (Hibernian), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK)
Defenders: Chloe Arthur (Bristol City), Jen Beattie (Manchester City), Frankie Brown (Bristol City), Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals), Sophie Howard (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal), Kirsty Smith (Hibernian)
Midfielders: Lizzie Arnot (Hibernian), Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Kim Little (Arsenal), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Glasgow City), Caroline Weir (Liverpool)
Forwards: Fiona Brown (FC Rosengård), Lana Clelland (UPC Tavagnacco), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea), Claire Emslie (Manchester City), Lisa Evans (Arsenal), Jane Ross (Manchester City)
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