Lyon Win Fifth Straight Champions League Title With Victory Over Wolfsburg

Lyon celebrate on the final whistle | VILLAR LOPEZ/Getty Images

It may be the end of an era for Lyon, but if there is to be a new top dog in the women's game next season, then they have quite a bar to aim for.

Jean-Luc Vasseur's team made history at the Anoeta Stadium on Sunday evening, when goals from Eugenie Le Sommer, Saki Kumagai and Sara Gunnarsdottir secured a hard-fought, yet ultimately comprehensive victory over Wolfsburg, to make it five Champions League titles on the spin.

The French champions are set for a summer of transition, but this group of players were determined they were bringing things to an end on a high note.

Le Sommer, the ever-reliable striker at the highest level, got things started with a cool finish, before Japan international Kumagai had them in cruise control with a spectacular finish before the break.

They had come up against Wolfsburg in three of their previous Champions League finals, however, and would have known they had their work cut out for them when Alexandra Popp rose at the back post to convert Ewa Pajor's cross.

Having not won the Champions League themselves since 2014, the Germans wanted it back, and turned the pressure on. Fridolina Rolfo began to gave Lucy Bronze some real problems, and substitute Pia-Sophie Wolter spurned a great chance to equalise.

Lyon, however, are a winning machine, and the longer they were able to keep their long-term foes at arms-length, the more you felt a winner was coming. And predictably, it came - though it was through the less predictable source of Gunnarsdotir, who finished home from close range following a Le Sommer rebound.

There were jubilant scenes on the whistle as Lyon made it five on the spin. Wolfsburg, for whom losing to Lyon in the final is now the norm, looked naturally dejected, though there is little shame in losing to a team who are, for all intents and purposes, unbeatable.

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