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Champions League Final: Lyon outclass Barcelona to claim fourth successive title

Ada Hegerberg was the star of the show as Lyon secured a fourth consecutive Women’s Champions League title with a 4-1 victory over Barcelona on Saturday.

An early goal by Dzsenifer Marozsan was followed by a stunning 16-minute hat-trick from Hegerberg that put the French champions in the driving seat by the half-hour mark.

Asisat Oshoala grabbed a late goal for Barca, but the Spanish side were a clear second best throughout the game.

Read on as we look at the key talking points from the 2019 Women’s Champions League Final.

Ballon d’Or winner a class apart

Hegerberg was simply unstoppable during the early part of the final and she thoroughly deserved her hat-trick.

Her first was a cool finish from Shanice van de Sanden’s fine cross, while her second came after great work by Amel Majri.

Hegerberg’s hat-trick goal, set up by England star Luzy Bronze, confirmed she would finish as the competition’s top scorer for the second consecutive season.

In this sort of form, it is easy to see why Hegerberg won the Ballon d’Or last year. Don’t bet against her repeating the trick in 2019.

Bronze wins battle of the Lionesses

Bronze was all smiles at the end of the game, in stark contrast to international teammate Toni Duggan who looked shattered by the defeat.

Bronze highlighted her quality with a stunning cross for Hegerberg’s hat-trick goal, while Duggan struggled to find any sort of rhythm.

The result saw Bronze earn the second European title of her career and will undoubtedly give her a boost for this summer’s World Cup.

Duggan will be an important part of the Lionesses’ bid to win the tournament and hopefully she can put this defeat to the back of her mind in France.

Who can stop Lyon?

Lyon’s demolition of Barca highlighted the gulf in class between the French side and the rest of Europe at the moment.

They had a largely untroubled route to the final, with only Chelsea causing them much in the way of problems on the road to Budapest.

Club president Jean-Michel Aulas’ vision to turn Lyon into a dominant force in Europe has become a reality and their supremacy could continue for some time yet.

Arsenal could perhaps emerge as genuine contenders next season, with the Women’s Super League champions already adding Netherlands international midfielder, Jill Roord, to their squad ahead of a tilt at Europe’s top prize.

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