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Wolfsburg snaps Lyon's 119-game unbeaten streak
by Paul Kennedy, May 23rd, 2013 10:12PM

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[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.



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