Jill Roord, Dominik Janssen and Lynn Wilms all missed Saturday’s Champions League clash with VfL Wolfsburg. Germany’s leading club lost 2-0 against FC Barcelona in the final in Eindhoven: 2-3.
Wolfsburg had a nightmare start at the Philips Stadium. Just before the break, former FC Twente coach Tommy Stroot’s side took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Ewa Pajor and Alexandra Popp. As a result, the first Champions League win since 2014 dawned on ‘Die Vulpinen’.
Only things went completely wrong for Wolfsburg in the second half. FC Barcelona equalized within five minutes thanks to two beautiful goals from Patricia Guijarro. To make matters worse, Fridolina Rolpo scored the decisive goal twenty minutes before the end after Willems shot the ball against a teammate.
As a result, Roord, Janssen and Wilms were left without a prize. For Jansson, it was already the second time he had lost a Champions League final with Wolfsburg. That also happened in 2020. The opponent then was Olympique Lyonnais. At the time, Roord and Wilms were still not active at the German top club, which has now lost four Champions League finals in a row (2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022).
For example, all three Dutchmen will go to the Dutch team later this month with a hangover as it prepares for the World Cup. The global tournament in Australia and New Zealand will be held from July 20 to August 20. Roord, Janssen and Wilms are generally committed to national coach Andries Jonger.
Barcelona complete the ‘Remantada’ after the break
FC Barcelona dominated from kick-off in the final at the Philips Stadium, which was not fully packed (33,147 fans). Spain’s reigning national champions dictated the game and kept Wolfsburg breathless throughout the game.
The surprise was too great when Wolfsburg took the lead after three minutes of play. Lucy Bronze lost the ball to Bajor, who then finished beautifully with a shot across the cross. The excitement was complete in the 37th minute when Bob headed home a cross from Bajar.
Where FC Barcelona missed chances before the break, the world’s best club was more effective after the break. Five minutes in it was already 2-2. First Guijarro tapped in a cross, then the Spaniard headed well from an inswinger from the right.
Wolfsburg could only become dangerous with a few bursts and surrendered twenty minutes before the end. Willems shot clumsily while defending against a teammate and the ball then ended up at Rolfo’s feet. The Swede uncorked the present with gusto, defeating Roord, Janssen and Wilms.
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