FC Barcelona players overthrow Wolfsburg and win their second title

FC Barcelona players overthrow Wolfsburg and win their second title

2023-06-03 18:31:43

The Catalans were crowned European champions for the second time in their history on Saturday. After a complicated first half of the Champions League final, the Barça players dominated the Germans from Wolfsburg (3-2).

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The Spaniards of FC Barcelona, ​​titled in 2021, won the second Champions League in their history by overthrowing the Germans of Wolfsburg 3-2 after a spectacular final disputed in front of 33,000 people, Saturday June 3 in Eindhoven (Pays- Down).

The Barça Femini party, which began in the sunny streets of Eindhoven, was however almost spoiled by the canonical departure of the “Wölfinnen” (“wolfs”), more enterprising and ultra-efficient under the battering of Ewa Pajor ( 3e0-1) and Alexandra Popp (37e0-2).

Led 2-0 at half-time, the Blaugrana turned the tide in a boosted second period, appropriating the motto of their opponents, “Immer Hungrig” (“always hungry”), to bite them back from the locker room.

Patricia “Patri” Guijarro (48e50e) sounded the revolt, with the left foot then the head, and Fridolina Rölfo (70e) finished the job, setting off a devilish din in the blue and garnet-colored stands.

Hegemony of the Catalans, disillusionment for the Germans

Two years after the inaugural title of 2021, the Barcelona women sit a little more the dream of European hegemony that they cultivate in the face of the weakening of Lyon, sacred monster of women’s football with its eight crowns, eliminated in the spring in the quarter-finals .

The “traumatic” memory, as double Ballon d’Or Alexia Putellas admitted on Friday, of the lost final against OL last season is now behind her, with a bright future to cultivate.

They proved on Saturday that they had much more than silky technique and a host of stars in their squad. The triumph of Eindhoven is also the coronation of their steel mind, yet the first quality attributed to their German opponents.

For Wolfburg, crowned in 2013 and 2014, it is one more cruel disappointment. This is the fourth continental final in a row lost by the Germans after 2016, 2018 and 2020, each time against Lyon. Barça experienced these torments in 2019 and 2022.

>> To read also: Ballon d’Or: Barça star Alexia Putellas, first woman to retain her crown

The team led by Jonatan Giraldez behaved like champions on Saturday and proudly concluded a disputed European campaign without Putellas, seriously injured last summer with the selection and only returned to the field at the end of April. The 2021 and 2022 Ballon d’Or received a crowd and an ovation as it entered the final minutes of the final, its first appearance this season in the competition. Enough to complete the party on the Barça side.

With AFP

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