FC Barcelona vs. Lyon score: Macario makes history as French giants win record eighth UWCL title

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Olympique Lyonnais are champions of Europe once more after defeating FC Barcelona 3-1 in the UEFA Women's Champions League final on Saturday. The victory is a record eighth title for the iconic French side, as they beat Barca for the second time in three years on Europe's biggest stage. Amandine Henry, Ada Hegerberg, and Catarina Macario scored goals for Lyon, while Alexia Putellas recorded a goal for Barcelona. Macario became the first United States international to score in a UEFA Champions League final, women or men.

Here's what to know about the big game:

Lyon take control from the first minute

This one saw the French side quickly take the game to Barcelona, advancing players forward and applying pressure. 

Lindsey Horan's attempt to play a 50-50 ball against Aitana Bonmatí ball led to a foul and early free kick opportunity for Lyon in the first minute of the match. It was a bit of foreshadowing of the match as Lyon continued to ramp up pressure, isolating Putellas, as Barcelona struggled to make anything happen through their possession.

The first half hour of the game was dominated in transition by Lyon as the team got on the board in the sixth minute with a stunning strike by Henry from well outside the box. Henry and Putellas were making a play for the ball, and after winning the challenge, Henry struck the ball from distance and beat the keeper far post. 

Lyon remained aggressive in the press, at times shifting into more of a three in the back back as their full backs remained active on the wings. Fullback Selma Bacha was outstanding throughout the game and led Lyon in total touches with 63. She also recorded an assist while creating two chances. She led all Lyon players in pass completion with 87.9 percent. 

USWNT represent in Champions League final

Barcelona's attempt to pay through possession backfired as Lyon extended their lead in the 23rd minute. Salma Bacha won the ball and played endline to provide service into the box to a waiting Hegerberg, who slotted the attempt with a low header. The eight-time champions tripled their lead after a half hour as Macario tapped in as Hegerberg played the ball into space. 

"You know, there was a moment when I was unsure if they were going to call it back," Macario said after the match. "So I almost didn't celebrate it. Obviously I was super stoked to have scored, and yeah, and just to help our team out in a very big match and it was my first final too, so it was even more important and even more special."

Horan and Macario are the first USWNT players to represent the national team after five years. Macario's goal in the match is the first time a U.S women's national team player has scored in a UWCL final. Horan was impressive too. She was massive in the midfield for Lyon and was the team's player with second most touches (55) and second best pass completion with 82 percent. Macario was third on the team in total touches (52) but led Lyon in chances created with four. 

Macario and Horan are now UWCL champions the 4th and 5th USWNT players to lift the Champions League trophy. 

"I'm very happy obviously. It was a big match. Barcelona was incredible. I'm just really happy that we were able to start the game so well," Macario said.

"Getting the three goals the first half really helped. But yeah, I think we just came out, you know, we were the team that showed up the most today, and we had the most experience, so we were able to come out on top."

What went wrong for Barcelona?

The Catalonians entered the UWCL final as defending champions and on a remarkable run that included strong individual performances. 

Barcelona showed signs of life near the end of the first half as Putellas connected to pull within two, but it was not nearly enough. The goal made Putellas the top goal scorer in the UWCL this season, and she is the first player to hit 11 in a campaign in this tournament since Lyon's Hegerberg scored 15 in 2017-18.

Despite their best efforts, the team was unable to capitalize on their chances, particularly in the first half, as Jenni Hermoso missed back-to-back chances in both the 10th and 15th minute. Despite making attacking adjustments during the second half, the team was unable to break down Lyon's defensive organization, between Bacha and captain Wendie Renard.

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Date: May 21

Time: 1 p.m. ET

Place: Juventus Stadium -- Turin, Italy

Stream: DAZN, YouTube

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