With six UEFA Women’s Champions League Final appearances between them in the competition’s 16-year history, Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain are certainly among the competition’s elite, with the two sides set to face off at the Cardiff City Stadium on 1 June.
First and third in France’s Division 1 Féminine, Lyon’s single loss in their domestic league this season came at the hands of PSG – a 1-0 defeat in the French capital – with the reverse fixture still to be played as the season draws to a close, however Gérard Prêcheur’s Lyon side have already secured their fifteenth domestic title, further cementing their position as the country’s most successful side.
Further to their domestic success has been Lyon’s incredible European form, with their appearance in Cardiff being their sixth UWCL Final showing since 2010, becoming the first team to retain the trophy with successive wins in 2011 and 2012, before winning the tournament last season and having another chance to retain their crown when they arrive in the Welsh capital.
Paris Saint-Germain are making their second UWCL Final appearance in three years when they face Lyon at the Cardiff City Stadium. They narrowly lost out in second half stoppage time to UWCL pacesetters Frankfurt – who hold the record for most UWCL titles with four – in the 2015 final when PSG coincidently knocked out Lyon on the way to the final hosted in Berlin.
With 32 goals in the knockout stages, Lyon have averaged four goals a game en route to this Cardiff showdown, beating Avaldsnes IL 10-2 on aggregate in the Round of 32, Zurich 17-0 in The Last 16, Wolfsburg 2-1 in the Quarter-finals and The Best FIFA Women’s Player winner Carli Lloyd’s Manchester City 3-2 in the Semi-finals – an incredible run of results against some superb teams.
Bayern Munich and Barcelona were brushed aside by PSG in emphatic fashion as Patrice Lair’s ladies lay waste to several top sides on their way to booking a date with their domestic rivals in Cardiff. Although they knocked their UWCL Final opponents out on the way to the final in 2015, it was Lyon who secured an emphatic victory over PSG in last season’s competition, winning 8-0 on aggregate to reach the final before eventually winning the entire competition.
PSG’s Cristiane and Lyon’s Eugénie Le Sommer lead their respective sides in scoring at this year’s tournament, equal on six goals, but it is Ada Hegerberg who many will watch with a keen eye, as the 21-year-old has 22 goals in 27 UWCL appearances for the current holders, as well as four goals and three assists in this season’s UWCL campaign.
It is set to be an epic final between two great rivals at the Cardiff City Stadium on 1 June. Be sure to order you tickets via www.uwclf2017.co.uk.