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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Holders, FC Barcelona retained the 2023/2023 UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) title after a hard-fought 2-0 win over Lyon in Bilbao to claim their third European title on Saturday.

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The Spanish champions had the first chance of the game in the sixth minute as Salma Paralluelo left footed shot from the centre of the box was saved in the centre of the goal. Four minutes later, Fridolina Rolfö left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Lucy Bronze right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left in the 20th minute. Eight minutes later, Patri Guijarro right footed shot from the left side of the six-yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Immediately Guijarro right footed shot from the centre of the box was too high. Five minutes before the end of the first half, Wendie Renard’s header from the centre of the box was saved in the centre of the goal.

Kadidiatou Diani right footed shot from outside the box was too high in the 43rd minute as the game ended goalless after the first period.

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Both sides continued to search for the opener in the second half. Vanessa Gilles's header from the centre of the box was saved in the centre of the goal in the 58th minute before the Catalan side opened the scoring.

Aitana Bonmatí left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the high centre of the goal in the 63rd minute broke the deadlock for Barcelona off Caldentey's assist. Mariona Caldentey draws two defenders and flicks the ball into the path of the marauding Aitana Bonmati, who glides into the box and her shot nicks off the shins of Vanessa Gilles and over Christiane Endler into the net.

The record European champions searched for the lever afterward with chances from Amel Majri and Diani.

Substitute, Alexia Putellas doubled the lead in the additional minutes of the second half as her left footed shot from the left side of the box reached the top left corner to secure the title to win a quadruple in sending coach Jonatan Giraldez off on a high note to the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

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Lyon have won all four of their Women’s Champions League games against Barcelona before this final match.

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Barcelona have won 17 of their last 18 matches. They have kept just one clean sheet in their last five Women’s Champions League matches.

Both teams have scored in six of Lyon’s last seven matches. Nine of Lyon’s last 10 Women’s Champions League matches have featured at least three goals.

These two sides have shared the last eight Women's Champions League titles between them, with Lyon winning six and Barca two.

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