The UEFA Women’s Champion’s League final erupted in Lisbon, Portugal today with German club Wolfsburg clinching their second consecutive title over Swedish club Tyreso 4-3 in a true thriller of a game.
The game boiled down to perseverance and grit as both sides went back and forth scoring goals well into the second half. Tyreso attacked early on in the first half going into halftime with a 2-0 lead, but Wolfsburg was just getting started- attacking with no mercy in the second half to score four goals and take the Championship.
Tyreso took the first half by storm, breaking the monotony with two back-to-back goals that left Wolfsburg reeling. The opportunities were sparse as the game got underway and defense made it difficult to get anywhere near the goal.
In the 27th minute, Tyreso got possession and carried the ball to midfield where Marta got ahold of it. She immediately rushed the box, shattering the Wolfsburg back line before shooting from the right side of the box. It went straight into the net before goalkeeper Almuth Schult even knew what hit her.
The exhilaration from Marta’s goal was still fresh when Tyreso extended their lead 2-0 just two minutes later. U.S. international Christen Press sprinted down the left side with the ball, a Wolfsburg defender hot on her heels. She sent a sharp cross into the box and Spanish international Veronica Boquete was there to pop it right over Schult’s head and into the net.
Wolfsburg might’ve been surprised by two Tyreso goals in two minutes, but it didn’t show as the second half began. They had some surprises of their own, and the first came in the 47th minute when Alexandra Popp scored from the right side, announcing that, well, there’s still a whole half left to tango.
Wolfsburg followed up with two fantastic opportunities immediately after, and Tyreso defense scrambled to keep the ball out. The German club was out for blood though, and in the 53rd minute Martina Muller equalized 2-2, sending the crowd into uproar and rattling Tyreso even more.
Marta, in particular, wasn’t fazed though and sprang into action when the ball reached her midfield. She broke away towards the outer left side of the box with an onslaught of Wolfsburg defenders charging after her and blocking the goal. Marta looked like she was going to run it in, but faked the opposition out at the last second, pulling back from a dead sprint and chipping the ball over the box and into the net to put Tyreso back in the lead 3-2.
The intensity picked up and both sides became embroiled in a furious competition to win possession- Wolfsburg looking to score and Tyreso defending their single point lead. Then, U.S. international Meghan Klingenberg went down, limping off the field with a knee injury.
The game started back up in the 68th minute; Tyreso without one of their world-class defender’s. Wolfsburg capitalized on the opportunity and Verena Faisst sped into the box, belting a quick shot from the left side to equalize and put Wolfsburg back in the game.
With minutes dwindling, it was time to break the 3-3 stalemate, and play became extremely scrappy and aggressive. In the 78th minute Tyreso
let their guard down on the right side and that’s when Wolfsburg struck. Team captain Nadine Kessler carried the ball down the right side and crossed in front of the goal. Muller responded amidst a flurry of Tyreso defenders, keeping her composure and firing from close range to give Wolfsburg the 4-3 victory.
Marta, post game quote: “We played a fantastic game in the first half – we did eveything we were supposed to do. We were a bit slower after the break – maybe we thought it was over at 2-0. We played a good game on the night, but Wolfsburg were stronger than us in the end.”