Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Wolfsburg snaps Lyon's 119-game unbeaten streak
by Paul Kennedy, May 23rd, 2013 10:12PM

TAGS:  americans abroad, france, germany


[UEFA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Wolfsburg's 1-0 win over Lyon in the final of the UEFA Women's Champions League before 19,278 fans at Stamford Bridge ended one of the great dynasties in the history of international soccer. The French club had not lost an official game in more than three years -- a string of 119 games.

Wolfsburg completed a triple -- Frauen Bundesliga and German Cup -- to assure Germany of both Champions Leagues in 2013. Bayern Munich faces Borussia Dortmund in the final of the UEFA Champions League Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

A handball by former Boston College star Laura Georges set up a penalty kick Martina Mueller converted for the game-winner in the 72nd minute.

American star Megan Rapinoe created one good chance for Swede Lotta Schelin before making way for Swiss international Laura Dickenmann, who starred at Ohio State, in the second half.

"We are very disappointed," said Lyon coach Patrice Lair, "even though we do not lose very often."

Indeed, the last time Lyon lost was back-to-back games to Torres Calcio of Italy in the UEFA Champions League and Juvisy in the French Division I Feminine in March 2010.

Since then, OL ran off 110 wins and nine ties. The only other trophies it did not win in the last four years are the 2010 UEFA Champions League (on penalty kicks to Turbine Potsdam) and 2010 and 2011 French Women's Cups (on penalty kicks to Paris St. Germain and Juvisy in the semifinals).

Lyon's only blemish in 34 games heading into Thursday's final was a 1-1 tie with Montpellier in the French Women's Cup semifinals. Lyon won in a disputed shootout and actually offered to replay.

May 23 in London
Wolfsburg 1 Lyon 0. Goal: Mueller pen 72.
Wolfsburg -- A.Vetterlein, Wensing, Henning, Hartmann, Popp, Blaesse, Kessler, Goessling, Mueller, Jakabfi (Magull 79), Pohlers (Omilade 82)
Lyon -- Bouhaddi, Franco, Georges Renard, Bompastor, Henry, Necib, Abily (Le Sommer 67),  Thomis, Schelin, Rapinoe (Dickenmann 46; Majri 90).
Att.: 19,278.

No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now



Recent Soccer America Daily
Johnson scores again in Champions League    
Fabian Johnson scored in his second straight game for Borussia Moenchengladbach in the UEFA Champions League ...
Coach Michelle French names 20 for U-20 Women's World Cup qualifying    
Eight collegians and 12 youth club players comprise Coach Michelle French's roster for the U-20 Women's ...
MLS preseason returns to Tucson in 2016    
Ten MLS teams will take part in preseason training in Tucson, Arizona, where the 2016 Desert ...
Ellis calls up Colaprico and Lavelle for first time    
U.S. women's national team coach Jill Eilis called in 28 players -- 20 who went to ...
What They're Saying: Chris Dangerfield    
'We used to go to movies, have cups of tea, strange things you do when you ...
What They're Saying: Tim Leiweke    
"I think we have found a site. It's probably different than what people think we're doing, ...
Video Pick: How Ronaldo gets treated by customs     
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't seem to have a difficult time getting through customs, as demonstrated by this ...
NASL's Jacksonville banks on Tony Meola    
Hall of Fame goalkeeper Tony Meola, whose previous coaching experience since retiring as a player in ...
Video Pick: Messi proves he's fully recovered    
Lionel Messi, out of Barcelona's starting lineup for two months because of a knee injury, scored ...
Red Bulls' success nets Marsch Coach of the Year honors    
Inexperienced head coaches don't often flourish in MLS, yet in just his second season as a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives