Ellie Carpenter and the Women’s Champions League Final 2022
Olympique Lyonnais took the championship against Barcelona but not without a serious injury of their defender Ellie Carpenter. She left in the 14th minute of play in the Women’s Champions League final against Barcelona (3-1) this Saturday in Turin, but managed to return for the presentation in a moonboot.
Only expected as an outsider chance against an impressive Barcelona team, the women of Olympique Lyonnais managed to win a new Women’s Champions League final, the eighth in their history.
Prior to this was 7 wins in 9 finals, an impressive pioneer team in women’s football. Having won five finals in a row between 2016 and 2020, Sonia Bompastor’s players managed to make their way to Turin where they were to face FC Barcelona. Having lost just one out of 44 games this season, the Catalans were considered favourites in the eyes of Europe.
In three years, the balance of power has certainly been balanced, but this is not the case on the ground. In less than 40 minutes, Olympique Lyonnais scored three goals to take the advantage over an unrecognisable Barcelona, but who managed to score a goal before half-time. A scenario that strongly resembles 2019 when the teammates of Ada Hegerberg, receiving a hat-trick that day, led 4-0 at half-time. A feeling of deja vu which highlights the enormous experience of this group from Lyon. A feeling which was felt on the ground on Saturday and which enabled Olympique Lyonnais to secure their eighth Women’s Champions League.
The outcome of medical examinations taken on the Australian international have confirmed a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee which will lead to an operation this Wednesday 25 May 2022 in Lyon.
She had 29 matches this season and winner of her 2nd Champions League with Olympique Lyonnais, she’s expected to be out for a minimum period of 6 months.