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Wolfsburg stun Lyon
 Women's Football News 24 May 2013
 
VfL Wolfsburg 1 (Muller pen 73) Olympique Lyonnais 0
A second half penalty by veteran Martina Muller gave VfL Wolfsburg a shock victory over mighty Olympique Lyonnais at Stamford Bridge. 
 
In front of a crowd in excess of 19,000, the reigning Champions' 118-match unbeaten run came to an end against a gritty, determined Wolfsburg side who battled throughout the game and kept Lyon at bay.
 
It was Wolfsburg who went very close to going in front in the fourth minute after Conny Pohlers' ball into the area was not cleared and Nadine Kessler tried an ambitious overhead kick which was inches past the post.
 
The early momentum was with Wolfsburg but Lyon started to settle and after Camille Abily's shot was deflected wide, the resulting corner by Megan Rapinoe was headed just wide by Amandine Henry.
 
Wolfsburg's tactics of harrying Lyon in possession was paying dividends as the French side were finding it hard to get into their stride. Alexandra Popp fired wide from the edge of the area following a corner but it needed an alert piece of defending at the other end to keep themselves on terms. After Wolfsburg gave the ball away, Laura Georges pumped a deep ball into the area where Rapinoe won the header but Ivonne Hartmann was on hand to hook clear with Elodie Thomis lurking.
 
Henry forced a save from Alisa Vetterlein with a strike from long range and the powerful midfielder was again involved as her pass into the area was turned over the bar by the normally assured Abily.
 
Martina Muller was unlucky with a volley at the other end which was narrowly off target but despite an entertaining first half, the scoreline was goalless at the interval.
 
Lyon had two great chances at the start of the second half but each time they lacked their usual ruthlessness. Thomis made a speedy run into the area which took her past Popp but she elected to pass instead of shooting and her ball went behind Schelin. Moments later Lara Dickenmann broke into the area and cut the ball back to Abily who twisted and turned and her shot came off the arm of Hartmann but appeals for a penalty were rejected.
 
Abily had a shot blocked by the legs of Vetterlein as Lyon continued to threaten but they were given a warning at the other end when Zsanett Jakabfi tried an ambitious lob from 30 yards but didn't quite get enough power on her shot and Sarah Bouhaddi was able to save comfortably.
 
Wolfsburg began to come forward again and Bouhaddi was quick off her line to tackle Muller as she bore down on goal. However two minutes later, Luisa Wensing's cross into the area came off the arm of Laura Georges and this time a penalty was awarded. Muller stepped up and crashed her shot into the roof of the net and Wolfsburg were ahead.
 
Lyon's response was swift with Eugenie Le Sommer racing into the area where she was halted by a fine tackle from Wensing. Vetterlein saved from Dickenmann but Lyon could not create a clear chance against a well drilled Wolfsburg defence.
 
It could have been two as the game entered injury time as Muller back heeled Kessler's free kick into the path of Lina Magull but the youngster's shot was tipped round the post by Bouhaddi.
 
Vetterlein saved a shot from Necib at the second attempt and Lyon's last chance was gone, leaving Wolfsburg to celebrate one of the biggest shocks in the competition's history. 
 
Olympique Lyonnais: Sarah Bouhaddi, Corine Franco, Sonia Bompastor, Wendie Renard, Laura Georges, Amandine Henry, Megan Rapinoe (sub Lara Dickenmann 45mins (sub Amel Majri 89mins)), Camille Abily (sub Eugenie Le Sommer 67mins), Lotta Schelin, Louisa Necib, Elodie Thomis. Subs not used: Celine Deville, Sabrina Viguier, Elise Bussaglia, Ami Otaki.

VfL Wolfsburg: Alisa Vetterlein, Luisa Wensing, Zsanett Jakabfi (sub Lina Magull 78mins), Ivonne Hartmann, Josephine Henning, Nadine Kessler, Lena Goessling, Martina Muller, Anna Blasse, Conny Pohlers (sub Navina Omilade 81mins), Alexandra Popp. Subs not used: Jana Burmeister, Eve Chandraratne, Laura Vetterlein, Stephanie Bunte, Johanna Tietge.


 
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