Potsdam crowned inaugural champs
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German champions Turbine Potsdam have secured the honour of being crowned the first-ever winners of the UEFA Women's Champions League after defeating Lyon 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out on Thursday at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez in Getafe.

After 120 minutes of action ended scoreless, teenage goalkeeper Anna Felicitas Sarholz proved to be the hero saving two penalties in a marathon 18-kick decider. The 17-year-old also converted one herself before Lyon's Elodie Thomis fired her effort against the crossbar in the game's decisive moment.

Both teams had their moments in attack during the match with Lyon's Louisa Necib hitting a superb free-kick from distance early on which thumped against the bar. The strong German side lead by internationals Fatmire Bajramaj and Anja Mittag created a number of openings with Mittag coming closest with an effort against the post six minutes from full time.

The victory ensured a second European crown for Potsdam, the 2005 UEFA Women's Cup winners, and left Lyon still searching for their maiden continental title.