Wolfsburg 1 Lyon 0: Women’s Champions League final match report
Wolfsburg 1 Lyon 0: Martina Mueller's penalty hands the German side victory in London in their first season in the competition
Germany’s dominance of this season’s Champions League is now complete.
Two German teams will celebrate in London this week after Wolfsburg edged past Olympique Lyonnais in the women’s final at Stamford Bridge in what was a suitable appetiser to Saturday’s main event.
Martina Mueller scored the decisive goal from the penalty spot in the second half to hand her side victory and spark wild celebrations at the final whistle in west London, less than 48 hours before Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund do battle at Wembley.
Lyon were aiming for their third straight triumph, while Wolfsburg, who defeated Arsenal in the semi-finals, were bidding to lift the trophy in their first season in the competition.
It was the French side who had the first real chance of the night, when Amandine Henry rose highest from a corner but watched her header sail just wide of the far post in the 12th minute. Moments later, Lotta Schelin tested Alisa Vetterlein in the Wolfsburg goal with an effort from 25 yards.
After a bright start by Lyon, Wolfsburg’s first opening came in the 24th minute when Alexandra Popp hooked a corner just over the bar.
The French team were dominating proceedings, however, and Camille Abily spurned the best opening of the first half when she failed to keep her shot down on the edge of the six-yard box. Conny Pohlers then fired just wide for the German side as half-time approached.
Elodie Thomis signalled the defending champions’ intent shortly after the interval as she poked the ball past Popp and raced through on goal, only to drag her shot tamely across the six-yard box. Abily’s fiercly-struck half-volley was then parried clear by Wolfsburg goalkeeper Vetterlein.
Thomis was wreaking havoc on the right wing, with Lyon demonstrating just why they have been so successful in this competition as they continued to exert their dominance in west London.
However, Wolfsburg made the breakthrough against the run of play in the 73rd minute after Laura Georges carelessly handled a cross and left referee Teodora Albon with no choice but to point to the spot.
And Mueller smashed home the resulting penalty with typical German efficiency to give her side the lead to protect with just over 15 minutes left to play.
Lyon poured forwards and continued to ask questions of the Wolfsburg defence but they held firm to become the fourth German side to win the title.