Dominant Lyon beat Wolfsburg to win UEFA Women's Champions League

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Lyon have won the women's UEFA Champions League for a record seventh time and for the fifth year running with a 3-1 win over Wolfsburg on Monday morning (AEST).

The imperious French side excelled in the first half, taking a two-goal lead through Eugenie Le Sommer and Saki Kumagai, before defending well to stop a valiant Wolfsburg from forcing the game to extra-time.

Alex Popp headed home for the German side but they could not break down Lyon's tight defence a second time.

Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir diverted in Le Sommer's effort in the final stages to secure Lyon's victory in San Sebastian.

Aussie Ellie Carpenter was left on the bench, but becomes the first Australian woman to lift the trophy. 

The French side beat Wolfsburg in the 2016 and 2018 finals and also eliminated them in 2017 and 2019, making this an uphill struggle from the start for the Germans.

Lyon were by far the better side in the early stages and their pressure told when Le Sommer broke the deadlock in the 25th minute.

The French forward's first effort was parried by goalkeeper Friederike Abt but she reacted quickest to reach the rebound and tuck the ball home at the second attempt.

Le Sommer started up front because of an injury for the competition's all-time top goalscorer Ada Hegerberg and Nikita Parris's suspension, showing Lyon's impressive strength in depth.

The forward scored in the 2018 final win over Wolfsburg and also in the 2012 triumph over another German side, Frankfurt.

Japanese international Saki Kumagai doubled Lyon's lead shortly before half-time with an emphatic drive from distance which caught out Abt, after a cross from the electric Delphine Cascarino was only half-cleared.

Wolfsburg fought their way back into the game in the 57th minute when Alex Popp headed home from close range after Ewa Pajor hooked the ball across the six-yard box.

It was Popp's third Champions League final strike too, and it inspired the German side to believe they could overthrow their relentless opponents, but Lyon steeled themselves to keep Wolfsburg at bay.

Gunnarsdottir, who previously played for Wolfsburg, steered Le Sommer's off-target strike home to seal the victory in the 87th minute and spark wild celebrations at full-time.

Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter was an unused substitute for the French side.

Source AAP