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Crowd of more than 50,000 watches Lyon repeat
by Paul Kennedy, May 18th, 2012 12:44AM

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[UEFA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Women's pro soccer may be struggling in the United States, but it's growing in Europe. A record crowd of 50,212 at Munich's Olympic Stadium -- more than any WPS team totaled for the entire 2011 season -- watched Lyon repeat as the UEFA Women's Champions League champion with a 2-0 win over 1. FFC Frankfurt.

Lyon got goals on a penalty kick by Eugenie Sommer and a  half-volley by former WPS star Camille Abily lobbed over the Frankfurt goalie Desiree Schumann from 25 yards to repeat as European champion.

"It's always special for French clubs to win in Germany, the strongest country in terms of women's football in Europe," said Lyon coach Patrice Lair. "To win this trophy twice in a row ... I would have liked the profile of women's football to be the same in France as it is [in Germany] but that's not the case. We're behind them in everything – even in terms of the league – so it's extra nice for a French club to win this competition. Germany have the best clubs and the best national team, but I still hope we can win this competition for a third year running."

Last year's crowd for Lyon's 2-0 win over Turbine Potsdam at Fulham's Craven Cottage in London was less a third of that for this year's final.

Like last year, UEFA held the women's final in the same city as the UEFA Champions League final. Chelsea and Bayern Munich meet Saturday at the new home of Bayern Munich, the Allianz Arena. Thursday's match at the Olympic Stadium, site of the 1974 World Cup final, was the first competitive soccer game there in seven years.



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