One year on from the historic first Champions League final
Barça Women lost to a strong Lyon side, but stayed faithful to the style with got them to the final
The great success of FC Barcelona Women in the 2018/19 season was undoubtedly their runner-up spot in the Champions League. Lluís Cortés' team reached their first final in the continental competition after beating BIIK Kazygurt (Kazakhstan), Glasgow FC (Scotland), LSK Kvinner (Norway) and, in a historic semi-final, Bayern Munich.
In Budapest that May 18, 2019 before 19,487 spectators, despite the fact that Lyon won decisively (4-1), Barça president Josep Maria Bartomeu, present in the European final together with 1,500 other Barcelona fans, said, "we are very proud of the team. We will continue to invest in Barça Women."
The Barça lineup on that historic day was: Sandra Paños, Marta Torrejón, Andrea Pereira (Stefanie Van der Gragt, 81 '), María León, Leila Ouahabi, Vicky Losada, Aitana Bonmatí (Andressa Alves, 70'), Alexia Putellas, Mariona Caldentey, Toni Duggan (Asisat Oshoala, 70 ') and Lieke Martens. Although Lyon went 4-0 up in the first half, the Catalans remained true to their style and, far from giving up, managed to close the gap with Oshoala's goal in the final stages.
The defeat in the final couldn't in any way cloud the triumphant trajectory in the Champions League, which was rewarded with the inclusion of Paños, Losada and Alexia in the team of the tournament.
Significantly, that loss, a year ago today, is the last that Barça Women suffered.