TURIN, Italy — Colorado native Lindsey Horan is a champion — again.
The Golden native became the first Coloradan to win a UEFA Champions League title Saturday when her French club Lyon toppled defending champion Barcelona 3-1 for its record-extending eighth women’s trophy.
With Horan starting in the midfield, Lyon went up 3-0 after just 33 minutes and cruised home.
“You can probably see it in my face,” Horan told a reporter postgame. “This is what I dreamed of ever since I was a little girl watching the men’s Champions League. And now look at this (packed) stadium and with what Leon and Barca brought, and winning a game like this, and our performance and playing against such an incredible team, it’s everything.”
The French side has taken eight of the past 12 editions of the Women’s Champions League. Captain Wendie Renard, Sarah Bouhaddi and Eugénie Le Sommer have been part of all those successes.
But Barcelona went into the final the favorite in Turin after one loss all season.
Then Lyon stunned with goals by Amandine Henry, a header from Ada Hegerberg — the league’s all-time leading scorer — and a tap-in from Catarina Macario.
Macario and Horan are now the fourth and fifth U.S. Women’s National Team players to win a UEFA Women’s Champions League final, joining Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Gina Lewandowski.
Barcelona captain and Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas pulled one back shortly before halftime, but they ended up repeating their 2019 loss to Lyon in the final.
A fantastic solo effort got Lyon rolling in the sixth minute. Henry slid into a tackle and swiftly got up to collect the ball, cut inside, and curled a 30-yard shot into the top right corner.
Just when Barcelona looked in charge, Lyon scored again after Selma Bacha worked her way down the left flank and crossed in for the unmarked Hegerberg to head in for her 59th goal in 60 league matches.
It was a fitting way for Hegerberg to crown her comeback season. She returned in October after almost two years on the sidelines with injuries.
Lyon was running rampant against a shellshocked Barcelona — which had won all of its matches in the Spanish league — and stretched its lead still further in the 33rd.
The Barcelona defense made a mess of clearing the ball in its own box and Hegerberg rolled it across to Macario for the easiest of shots.
Just before halftime, Putellas put Barcelona on the board to rekindle some hope.
Patricia Guijarro almost scored a spectacular goal in the 58th when she spotted Lyon goalkeeper Christiane Endler off her line, but the audacious lob from just inside the Lyon half came off the crossbar.
The post was also hit by Hegerberg deep in stoppage time.
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