UEFA, we have a final: FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyon will face off in Turin at Allianz Stadium on May 21.
Barcelona advanced past Wolfsburg 5-3 on aggregate, despite suffering their first loss of the year, 2-0, in the second leg.
Lyon remained in control during their away leg in Paris, winning 2-1 and advancing 5-3 on aggregate.
The matchup is intriguing for a number of reasons, including that both teams have been here before.
Lyon has won the Champions League seven times in nine final appearances, setting the tone of excellence for women’s football for many years.
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Barcelona is the reigning champion, with one win in two final appearances. During their first in 2019, they lost 4-1 to Lyon, pushing them to set a new standard for what a club can achieve.
The players on both sides are also keenly aware of the growing rivalry between the European powerhouse clubs.
“At Lyon, we know it’s hard to win a title again after winning it once. We won it five times,” Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg said in an interview with L’Equipe.
“We have to win again to get our place back in world football.”
“There was football before Barcelona,” she declared.
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