Barcelona claim second Champions League crown


Coach Jonatan Giraldez of FC Barcelona, Sandra Panos of FC Barcelona, Irene Paredes of FC Barcelona, Mapi Leon of FC Barcelona, Mariona Caldentey of FC Barcelona, Caroline Graham Hansen of FC Barcelona, Patri Guijarro of FC Barcelona, Aitana Bonmati of FC Barcelona, Lucy Bronze of FC Barcelona, Fridolina Rolfo of FC Barcelona, Salma Paralluelo of FC Barcelona, Keira Walsh of FC Barcelona, Catalina Coll of FC Barcelona, Laia Codina of FC Barcelona, Jana Fernandez of FC Barcelona, Claudia Pina of FC Barcelona, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic of FC Barcelona, Marta Torrejon of FC Barcelona, Alexia Putellas of FC Barcelona, Geyse of FC Barcelona, Bruna Vilamala of FC Barcelona, Nuria Rabano of FC Barcelona, Ingrid Syrstad Engen of FC Barcelona, Vicky Lopez of FC Barcelona celebrate with the UEFA Women's Champions League trophy after the UEFA Women's Champions League Final match between FC Barcelona and VfL Wolfsburg at the PSV Stadion on June 3, 2023 in Eindhoven, Netherlands

Barcelona won a second Women’s Champions League title after coming from behind in stunning fashion to beat German giants Wolfsburg.

The Spanish champions trailed 2-0 at half-time before Patri Guijarro’s two-minute brace pulled them level.

Spurred on by their instant response in the second half, Barcelona piled on the pressure and were eventually rewarded.

Fridolina Rolfo got the winner, thumping it into the roof of the net from close range with 20 minutes left.

After losing their crown to Lyon in last year’s final, Barcelona travelled to Eindhoven as favourites against a very strong Wolfsburg side, who were seeking a third European trophy in 10 years.

Wolfsburg got off to the perfect start when competition top scorer Ewa Pajor robbed the ball off England defender Lucy Bronze, returning after knee surgery in April, to drive in the opener.

Germany international Alexandra Popp was then set-up by Pajor with a teasing cross – the striker making no mistake as she headed in Wolfsburg’s second.

Barcelona had lacked fluency and patience in the first half but it was no surprise they bounced back, displaying the quality of football that helped them reach a fourth final in five seasons.

Among Barcelona’s winners was England midfielder Keira Walsh, who picked up her first European title, while Bronze became the first English woman to win the trophy with two different clubs after winning it on three consecutive occasions with former club Lyon between 2018 and 2020.

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