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Lyon roar to European title
 Women's Football News 27 May 2011
Olympique Lyonnais 2 (Renard 27, Dickenmann 85)
FFC Turbine Potsdam 0

Olympique Lyonnais won the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history with a
2-0 victory over holders FFC Turbine Potsdam in front of 14,303 at Craven Cottage, gaining revenge for the penalty shootout defeat they had suffered in Getafe last year.
In a high quality encounter full of inventive play, Lyon had slightly more attacking potential but were grateful that Potsdam squandered the two best opportunities of the whole match to enable them to maintain a narrow lead which they extended five minutes from time.
It was the holders who showed first with an attack down the left, resulting in an Anja Mittag cross picking out Isabel Kerschowski whose volley was well saved by Sarah Bouhaddi. The Lyon keeper also saved well from Fatmire Bajmaraj in the ninth minute, though the Potsdam player was adjudged offside. Lyon first threatened through Louisa Necib's corner which hit the angle of post and bar but then the French team started to dominate as Camille Abily and Lotte Schelin had four good attempts on goal in quick succession, each drawing good saves from the Poitsdam shootout hero of 2010, Anna Felicitas Sarholz.
Elodie Thomis was in superb form on the right and her penetrating run led to a last ditch tackle from Babett Peter in the 27th minute. Sonia Bompastor's corner was met with an Amandine Henry far post header, which Wendie Renard was on hand to stab in for a deserved lead.
Lyon went very close to doubling their advantage, first through a Necib header then when Schelin nearly latched onto a bad back pass, only for Sarholz to make a brave save at the expense of a painful foot injury which left her limping for the remainder of the match. Potsdam rode out the barrage of Lyon pressure and started to get back into the match with Mittag scuffing a shot wide when well placed, but it was the French team who led at the break.
Turbine soon reminded the crowd why they were the holders, the Bundesliga champions dominating the start of the second half with Inke Wesely almost converting a header and Bouhaddi saving a Bajmaraj free kick. The German international, playing her final match before moving to Frankfurt, gave an inspirational display for the next fifteen minutes, dropping deep to launch a series of twisting runs through the midfield, setting up move after move for Turbine.
Peter headed wide when well placed, Kerschowski had a close range shot blocked by Bouhaddi and then Mittag dithered shockingly when one yard from goal to allow a block on 61 minutes. Viola Odebrecht went close with another Potsdam attack but the French champions weathered the storm.
Two substitutes helped restore some forward momentum for Lyon. Eugenie Le Sommer raced through but her penalty claims were ignored. However the lively forward produced the crucial cross for Swiss international Lara Dickenmann to control and drive a cross shot past Sarholz for a fine 85th minute goal. The holders fought back in typical style but it was Lyon's day this time as Bompastor lifted the Champions League trophy.
Turbine were missing their leading scorer, Japanese international Yuki Nagasato, who might have converted one of the chances which came the Germans' way. However, Lyon are worthy champions, a team packed with French internationals and the outstanding Swedish player Schelin, who was far more influential than against England last week. The match was a fine advertisment for the womens game and a taster for the World Cup in Germany, but this time it was the French fans who were celebrating a win.
Olympique Lyonnais: Sarah Bouhaddi, Wendie Renard, Sonia Bompastor, Laura Georges, Sabrina Viguier, Amandine Henry, Elodie Thomis (sub Eugenie Le Sommer 73mins), Lotta Schelin, Camille Abily, Louisa Necib (sub Lara Dickenmann 55mins), Shirley Cruz. Subs not used: Veronique Pons, Ingvild Stensland, Sandrine Bretigny, Aurelle Kaci, Amel Majri.

FFC Turbine Potsdam: Anna Felicitas Sarholz, Bianca Schmidt, Tabea Kemme, Babett Peter, Inka Wesely, Jennifer Zeitz, Isabel Kerschowski, Josephine Henning, Anja Mittag, Fatmire Bajramaj, Viola Odebrecht. Subs not used: Desiree Schumann, Kristin Demann, Daniela Lowenburg, Marie-Louise Bagehorn, Jessica Wich, Jennifer Cramer, Corina Schroeder.

(Report by Patrick Higgins)

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