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Lyon reach 5th straight women’s Champions League final

Lyon will seek its fifth consecutive title in Sunday's final against Wolfsburg, which defeated Barcelona in the other semifinal on Tuesday.

By: AP |
Updated: August 27, 2020 1:13:51 pm
Lyon women's footballLyon players celebrate at the end of the Women's Champions League semifinal match between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain in Bilbao, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Lyon won the match 1-0. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos,Pool)

Lyon reached the final of the women’s Champions League for the fifth straight time after Wendie Renard scored with a 67th-minute header to secure a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.

Lyon will seek its fifth consecutive title in Sunday’s final against Wolfsburg, which defeated Barcelona in the other semifinal on Tuesday.

Both teams finished the match with 10 players. PSG’s Grace Geyoro was sent off in the 66th and Lyon’s Nikita Parris was ejected in the 75th, both with second yellow cards on Wednesday.

“I loved the game, it was a great contest and a match of a particularly high quality,” Lyon coach Jean-Luc Vasseur said.

“It was combative, tactical and of the quality we expect today.”

Wolfsburg will be trying to win its third European title after back-to-back triumphs in 2013 and 2014.

“It was a tight match, but we’re really happy to be playing in another final,” Lyon defender Lucy Bronze said.

“We gave a very strong performance this evening.”

Lyon, a six-time winner and a nine-time finalist, beat Wolfsburg in the 2016 and 2018 finals. Wolfsburg defeated Lyon in the 2013 decider.

“Wolfsburg are a great team to face in the final, we know them well,” Vasseur said.

“They have quality, younger players arguably, but lots of quality.”

PSG, seeking its first women’s Champions League trophy, was trying to reach the final for the third time. It was runner-up to Lyon in 2017. It also lost to its French rival in the 2016 semifinals.

The final will played be at Real Sociedad’s Anoeta Stadium in the northern Spanish city of San Sebastian, which is hosting the mini-tournament that began with the quarterfinals. All matches have been played without fans. Athletic Bilbao’s San Mames stadium also hosted games.

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