What To Look Out For In The UEFA Women’s Champions League Final
While all the attention may currently be on the men’s Champions League competition, the UEFA Women’s Champions League final is set to be another cracker with Wolfsburg and Lyon going head to head for the third time in the final of the tournament. The final, which takes place in Kyiv this year, will be played on the 24th of May, and both sides will be out for victory on the day.
Lyon are the defending champions and they are looking to secure a record fifth Champions League success with victory over Wolfsburg. They edged out Manchester City to make it to this stage and they won’t give up their crown without a fight. Wolfsburg, two-time winners of the competition, dispatched Chelsea to get to the final as they go looking for a hat trick of Champions League crowns.
When the two sides meet in the final it will be the third time this has occurred over the last six years and they met each other at the quarter finals stage last term too. The previous meetings have always been close affairs and you’d expect the same once again in Kyiv. Two of the last three fixtures between the two sides have seen Lyon emerge victorious, so you’d imagine Wolfsburg are out for revenge this time around.
The meeting in the 2017 quarter finals saw Lyon leave Wolfsburg with a 2-0 victory, and while Wolfsburg did manage to score in Lyon, their 1-0 victory wasn’t enough, and Lyon then went on to lift the trophy. The 2016 final between the two sides ended 1-1 in normal time and had to be settled via a penalty shootout, which Lyon won 4-3 on the night. Prior to that though, Wolfsburg had won the 2013 Champions League after beating Lyon 1-0 in the final, subsequently ending Lyon’s two-year reign as champions and also their stunning 188 game unbeaten run.
Both sides will be hoping that their star players manage to have a great game at the Valeriy Lobanovskyi Dynamo Stadium, especially as both teams have worked hard to get there in the first place. Wolfsburg will be looking for Germany forward Alex Popp to use her experience of winning in finals to help guide her teammates to victory. They’ll also be looking to the prolific Pernille Harder to fire them to their third Champions League crown.
Lyon, as you would expect of the four-time champions, have a great squad but they’ll also need their better players to shine on the night too. It’s Camille Abily’s last season as a professional footballer, and having been apart of all four previous triumphs, she will be integral if Lyon are to make it five. 22 year old Ada Hegerberg has been outstanding in front of goal so far this campaign, scoring 46 goals in just 26 games, and she certainly has the ability to put Wolfsburg to the sword in Kyiv.
Women’s football has never been so exciting with its popularity and competitiveness increasing year on year. TV coverage and women footballers being involved in commentary, punditry and analysis have helped to further broaden audiences. In fact now it is not uncommon to see even sport betting sites covering matches, so one can expect Unibet and other major betting sites to be offering betting markets closer to the Final in Kyiv. This promising trend in the sport means that we can expect even more media coverage and exposure next season.
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