A sensational second-half comeback propelled Barcelona to a 3-2 victory over Wolfsburg in the women’s Champions League final on Saturday afternoon.
Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas described her side’s 3-0 humbling in last year’s Champions League final against Lyon as ‘traumatic’.
Fridolina Rolfo – who eliminated Barcelona with Wolfsburg in the semi-finals three years ago – completed a stirring turnaround in the 70th minute.
For the third year in a row, the Champions League final erupted in a flurry of early activity.
Ewa Pajor needed less than 200 seconds to blast Wolfsburg ahead at a packed Philips Stadion on Saturday.
This season’s top scorer in the competition bullied Lucy Bronze off the ball on the edge of the box before battering her ninth Champions League goal of the season beyond Sandra Panos’ dive.
Barcelona quickly recovered their collective composure, penning Wolfsburg back and flooding down the flanks as Irene Paredes and Caroline Graham Hansen squandered two clear chances from inside the six-yard box.
In just their second meaningful attack of the first half, Pajor turned provider, picking out her skipper Alexandra Popp.
On multiple occasions throughout the first half, Barcelona had funnelled their attacks down the left flank, finding room for a low ball into the box which rolled harmlessly across the area.
Graham Hansen and Aitana Bonmati took turns tormenting Wolfsburg’s beleaguered left-back Felicitas Rauch before picking out Guijarro’s late bursts, with two unerring finishes separated by as many minutes.
If Barcelona meticulously manoeuvred their way back into the contest, Wolfsburg gifted the Spanish champions the lead.