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Matildas Abroad Review: Lyon fall short in UWCL final; FC Nordsjælland inch closer to title


Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon fell just short in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final, falling to Barcelona 2-0 on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, a win for Winonah Heatley’s FC Nordsjælland sees them top of the table by two points, with only two games remaining.

Read our review of all of the Matildas Abroad action below.

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UWCL

Barcelona finally lifted the hoodoo against Lyon, defeating the French giants for the first time in their history, 2-0. In doing so, they completed a historic quadruple – the first team in women’s football since Arsenal in 2007 to win four trophies in a single season.

Barcelona were the better team throughout the match, but Lyon always posed a threat, particularly in transition. Lyon hoped to take advantage of Barcelona’s possession-based style, but once the current Ballon d’Or Féminin holder Aitana Bonmatí was given her chance, she took it with aplomb.

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Ellie Carpenter following Lyon’s defeat in the UEFA Women’s Champions League 2023/24 Final match between FC Barcelona and Olympique Lyonnais at Estadio de San Mames on May 25, 2024 in Bilbao, Spain. (Photo: Jose Breton/ NUR Photo via Imago)

It was always going to be difficult for Lyon to haul them in from there. Another Ballon d’Or Féminin winner – Alexia Putellas – sealed the result in stoppage time, giving Barcelona fans an iconic moment to celebrate.

Ellie Carpenter played the full 90 minutes for Lyon at right-back but has been made to wait for her third UWCL career title.

Sweden

BK Häcken enacted some level of revenge on Hammarby over the weekend, defeating last season’s champions 2-0. Goals to Jóhanna Fossdalsá Sørensen and Sara Schröder in the second half were the difference between the two sides in what was otherwise an even affair. Aivi Luik was unavailable with an injury. The result sees them move to second, five points behind Rosengård.

Kristianstads DFF came from behind to defeat IF Brommapojkarna 3-1. Second-half goals to Katla Tryggvadóttir, Rut Anna Tilda Persson, and Tabby Tindell saw them overcome Fanny Maria Hjelm-Rönnlund’s opener in the first half. Clare Polkinghorne played the full match for Kristianstads at centre-back while Amy Sayer remains unavailable with an injury. Kristianstads are now third on the table, one point behind second.

Spain

Two first-half goals helped Real Madrid defeat Sociedad 2-1 on the weekend. Madrid had the majority of chances and on another day would rue their lack of clinical finishing but Sociedad were not able to make them pay. Signe Bruun and Athenea del Castillo were the players on the scoresheet. Hayley Raso was a 66th-minute substitute.

Denmark

A goal to Anna Walter has kept FC Nordsjælland in the box seat for the title, defeating Fortuna Hjorring 1-0. It was another crucial win for the side who are two points on top of the table with two matches to go, including the prospect of a championship-deciding game against second-place Brondby on the last day of the season. Winonah Heatley started and played the full match for Nordsjælland.





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