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Wolfsburg fight back to retain trophy
 Women's Football News 22 May 2014
 
VfL Wolfsburg 4 (Popp 47, Muller 53,80, Faisst 68) Tyreso FF 3 (Marta 28,56, Boquete 30)
VfL Wolfsburg are still the Champions of Europe after staging a dramatic second half comeback to beat Tyreso FF 4-3 in the UEFA Champions League Final in Lisbon. 
 
The German side trailed by two goals at the break but hit back in a thrilling Final to emulate Umea IK and Olympique Lyonnais' feat of retaining the trophy with Martina Muller scoring the winning goal in the Final for the second year in succession.
 
Tyreso, conquerors of Birmingham City in the semi finals, started the game brightly but it was Wolfsburg who had the better of the chances with Alexandra Popp heading a good chance wide and Muller having a shot saved following good work by Nadine Kessler.
 
However it was at the other end where the deadlock was broken with a piece of brilliance from Marta. The Brazilian received the ball on the edge of the area from Veronica Boquete and dribbled past three defenders before planting her shot in the far corner of the net.
 
While Wolfsburg were still reeling, Tyreso took full advantage and struck again two minutes later. Much was owed to the tenacity of Christen Press who made a strong diagonal run to the left before crossing for Boquete to finish from six yards.
 
Wolfsburg tried to hit back before the break with Muller and Selina Wagner forcing good saves from Carola Soberg but Tyreso took their two-goal lead into half time.
 
The game was turned completely on its head at the start of the second half. Barely 90 seconds had been played when Anna Blasse broke down the right and crossed for Popp to power in a header.
 
Wolfsburg were looking a totally different side now and it took two fine saves from Soberg to deny first Muller and then Kessler an equaliser, the second requiring help from Meghan Klingenberg. However there was nothing the keeper could do on 53 minutes as Muller burst through on goal and calmly finished to level the scores.
 
The German side were left to do it all again though as Tyreso cleared their heads and got themselves back in front. Once again they were indebted to Marta, who received the ball in the area and turned to curl an unstoppable shot past Almuth Schult and into the far corner for her second goal.
 
Wolfsburg pressed hard once again and were back on level terms again ten minutes later, albeit via a goal tinged with controversy. The ball was put out of play as the impressive Klingenberg went off injured and with Tyreso expecting it to be returned, Wolfsburg played on and attacked with Popp setting up substitute Verena Faisst to drill home a low shot.
 
There only looked to be one winner from this point and with ten minutes remaining, Kessler tricked her way past two defenders and her low cross was bundled in by Muller from point blank range.
 
Tyreso tried to muster a response but Wolfsburg stood firm, the last chance going when Boquete lifted an injury time free kick harmlessly over the bar. 
 
VfL Wolfsburg: Almuth Schult, Luisa Wensing, Stephanie Bunte, Nilla Fischer, Josephine Henning, Lena Goessling (sub Ivonne Hartmann 90mins), Nadine Kessler, Martina Muller, Anna Blasse, Selina Wagner (sub Verena Faisst 45mins), Alexandra Popp. Subs not used: Merle Frohms, Noelle Maritz, Laura Vetterlein, Jovana Damnjanovic, Conny Pohlers.

Tyreso FF: Carola Soberg, Meghan Klingenberg (sub Elisabet Klinga 69mins), Whitney Engen, Linda Sembrant, Line Roddik, Caroline Seger, Lisa Dahlkvist (sub Thaisa 83mins), Christen Press, Veronica Boquete, Marta, Malin Diaz (sub Madelaine Edlund 67mins). Subs not used: Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Rilany, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Mayara.

 
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