Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Barcelona beat Wolfsburg 3-2 with Swedish defender Fridolina Rolfo scoring the winner.
Barcelona came from two goals behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-2 in a thrilling final in Eindhoven to win their second Women’s Champions League title in three years.
Sweden defender Fridolina Rolfo scored the winner from close range in the 70th minute to cap off a side that trailed 2-0 at half-time on Saturday.
The Spanish league champions quickly set the record straight in the second half, with Patricia Giaro scoring twice with a header in the first five minutes after the break.
Jonathan Giraldes’ side have now won two of their last three finals after their first win over Chelsea in 2021, continuing to establish themselves as arch rivals to eight-time champions Lyon.
Barcelona emerged victorious with two-time Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas on the bench in the closing stages as she continued to look for a goal following a knee injury that has sidelined her for most of the season. back to status.
“I’m so excited, I never thought this would happen, 2-0 [down] At first, I thought we could do it, but it was too difficult,” contest winner Rolfo told DAZN.
“We showed so much mentality today; I’m so proud of the team.
“[At half-time, we said] We should go on, we had the ball, we did a good job, but they scored two goals in two chances, but we have to go on, believe in what we are doing, we did. “
Wolfsburg took the lead just three minutes later when Eva Pacho picked off Lucy Bronze’s pocket on the edge of the box and crashed into Sandra Panos.
The England international, who has not played since April, has shown rust as he underwent knee surgery following the semi-final first-leg win over Chelsea.
Goalkeeper Panos could have done better, too, with an effort from top scorer Pacho, but not enough to prevent her ninth goal of the tournament.
Barcelona defender Irene Paredes should have leveled but Mapy León headed wide at the far post from a superb corner.
Caroline Graham-Hansen scored in both legs in the semi-final win over Chelsea, but she also missed great chances from close range and failed to secure solid contact in the cross .
It didn’t take long for Barcelona to pay for their profligacy, with Wolfsburg scoring a second on the counter-attack.
Veteran striker Alexandra Pope muscled Leon off the ball, much to the displeasure of Barcelona, before bursting into the box to head in from a Pacho cross.
The Germans deserved the advantage, with Barcelona lacking acumen and unable to match the energy levels of their opponents.
But Barcelona’s second-half whirlwind was too much for Wolfsburg, who were chasing their first Champions League title since 2014.
They narrowly equalized from a corner in stoppage time but in the end, their contribution was too little to prevent Barcelona from lifting the trophy in front of nearly 34,000 fans at the PSV Stadium in Eindhoven.
This year’s final was the first time in the history of the Women’s Champions League that it was played before a sold-out crowd, drawing the largest crowd ever to a women’s football match in the Netherlands.