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Barcelona Defend Women’s Champions League Title to Complete Historic Quadruple

Barcelona came into this year’s Women’s Champions League as the defending champion, and they lived up to expectations. They defeated the eight-time winners Olympique Lyonnais to defend their title on Saturday night, completing a historic quadruple along the way. Barcelona never had much luck against Lyon, losing the Women’s Champions League final to the French team in 2019 and 2022. Things finally turned around in Bilbao on Saturday night, and they managed to secure their third trophy from five appearances over the last six seasons thanks to Aitana Bonmati and Alexia Putellas, who led them to a 2-0 win. Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmati said they felt a sense of pride after finally beating Lyon, adding they knew they couldn’t fail because they had fans on their side. "It's incredible what we're living through as a team. I'm so lucky... to see we're creating that for so many people, the historic amount of fans we've brought, it's the proudest I've felt. I wouldn't change it for anything," Bonmati told DAZN. This match marked the team’s last victory under the guidance of coach Jonatan Giraldez, who helped them complete a historic quadruple this season. They were also crowned as winners of Liga F, Copa de la Reina de Fútbol, and Supercopa de España Femenina.