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Goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi smashed home the decisive penalty on Thursday as Lyon defeated fellow French giant Paris Saint-Germain to win a joint-record fourth Women’s Champions League title.
The shot-stopper, who had just watched her counterpart Katarzyna Kiedrzynek slide her effort wide, stepped up in the eighth round of a thrilling shootout and found the back of the net to give Lyon a 7-6 victory.
The victory – Lyon’s second straight after last season’s spot-kick win over Wolfsburg – also saw the powerhouse club clinch its second consecutive treble. The star-laden side, boasting the likes of Dzsenifer Marozsan, Wendie Renard, Eugenie Le Sommer, and Ada Hegerberg, won its 11th straight French title and sixth consecutive French Cup earlier this season.
Thursday’s triumph sees Lyon equal Frankfurt’s record of four continental titles, though the German side’s greatest spell of success came when the tournament was known as the UEFA Women’s Cup, prior to the current incarnation of the competition.
Since the tournament changed its format – and name – in 2009, no side has enjoyed the same level of success as Lyon.