French club Lyon have won the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time defeating Germany Turbine Potsdam 2-0, overturning the 2010 result between the pair.
A goal in each half from Wendie Renard and Switzerland's Lara Dickenmann was enough for a deserved victory as Europe’s elite women’s trophy headed to France for the first time. Defender Renard pounced on a goalmouth scramble not long before the half-hour mark, and the German titleholders' hopes were ended five minutes from time by substitute Dickenmann.
The two star-studded teams produced an entertaining encounter at Fulham’s Craven Cottage in London. Potsdam were without their European top scorer, and Japan international Yuki Nagasato with injury, but were still able to field a forward line which included 2010 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominee Fatmire Bajramaj and prolific striker Anja Mittag. Lyon, who won all 21 of their French league matches this season, also fielded a number of stars including Swedish attacker Lotta Schelin and player of the match Camille Abily.
The French side missed a number of chances to score throughout the contest with Louisa Necib's corner striking the post early on. Potsdam weren’t without their openings, with perhaps the best falling to Inka Wesely who was unable to convert a header, while Bajramaj was a constant threat with her direct running.
Potsdam were aiming to take the trophy back to Germany for the seventh time in ten years of female European club competition. Only Sweden’s Umea (twice) and England’s Arsenal had previously broken the German domination, with Lyon’s victory doubly sweet after losing to Potsdam on penalties in Getafe last year.
Their was some joy for Germany on the night, however, with Inka Grings confirmed as the competition’s leading goalscorer this season with 13 goals. The Duisburg striker, whose side were eliminated by Potsdam in the semi-finals, finished four goals clear of Nagasato and Schelin.
"(Winning this trophy) has been the main objective for the club for a few years now," said goalscorer Renard. "We missed it last year, Potsdam won last year, and we were crying; this year it's the opposite."