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Emotional Van de Donk disappointed by Lyon failure in Women´s Champions League final

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 26 May 2024

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Danielle van de Donk acknowledged Lyon were deserved losers in the Women’s Champions League final against Barcelona as the French side capitulated in Bilbao.

Aitana Bonmati and Alexia Putellas were both on target in the second half, as Barca beat Lyon for the first time and won the Champions League for a third season out of the last four.

Ada Hegerberg, the all-time leading scorer in the Women’s Champions League, headed over from Lyon’s best chance as the eight-time European champions offered little apart from that.

A disappointed Van de Donk offered an honest appraisal after the 2-0 defeat, telling DAZN: “I’m very emotional. Nobody likes to lose a final and we were here to win it.

“It’s a shame we didn’t create enough. Barcelona deserved the win but I’m proud of my team, we gave it our all.”

Van de Donk and Lindsey Horan found space tough to come by against an impressive Barca, with the Lyon midfielder admitting there could have been a change to the game plan.

“I play more as a 10 and Lindsey a bit more as a six,” she added. “We were a bit low in the midfield so couldn’t get the press right and that is usually our strength.

“Credit to Barcelona, they did amazing. I wish we could have pressed them a bit more, I think that could have made a difference.”

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