Olympique Lyonnais’ striker Ada Hegerberg put virtually two injury-plagued years behind her to energy them to an eighth Girls’s Champions League title with a 3-1 win over Barcelona by which she scored one aim and made one other in an exciting battle.
The competitors’s all-time prime scorer, Hegerberg suffered quite a few setbacks as she struggled to beat a knee harm, spending 21 months out of the sport earlier than returning in October and ending the season as a Champions League winner.
“I can by no means think about standing right here one yr after (my harm). I’ve come a great distance, I get goosebumps occupied with it,” she stated in a post-match interview, clutching the Norwegian flag.
On Saturday, Hegerberg was intently shackled from the beginning, however her appeals free of charge kicks to Finnish referee Lina Lehtovaara fell on deaf ears, and the Norwegian didn’t take lengthy adjusting to the bodily nature of the sport.
Together with her facet a aim up due to Amandine Henry’s gorgeous sixth-minute opener, Hegerberg was denied a free kick after a tussle however recovered sufficient to ship a fierce volley excessive and vast of the goal.
Minutes later she had regained her composure and received again to doing what she does greatest, discovering simply sufficient house within the penalty field to squeeze a exact downward header from Selma Bacha’s cross into the web within the twenty third minute.
Ten minutes later she successfully put the sport out of attain, conserving her cool as Lyon once more received the ball excessive up the pitch and discovering Catarina Macario on the far submit for the only of finishes.
“It’s group work, group work all day lengthy, child. Unimaginable group mates, I’m very happy with them, Successful this one this yr wasn’t straightforward,” Hegerberg stated.
Although her late volley struck the submit, the second half was all about defending and the Norwegian, who has ended her self-imposed worldwide exile and can play on the Euros in England in July, charged round to close down Barca’s again line.
“I believe it’s essential to set the usual from minute one, that’s been an goal on a private degree,” she stated of her defensive effort.
With a sixth Champions League title below her belt, the Norwegian is displaying no indicators of being glad.
“Resilience, exhausting work – it’s so motivating. I’m solely 26 as nicely, so let’s hold this going!” Hegerberg added.