(Wolfsburg-Barcelona 1-0) One Norwegian woman is guaranteed in Sunday’s Champions League final.
Ingrid Syrstad Engen (22) and Wolfsburg kept away for Caroline Graham Hansen’s Barcelona, who have not lost a single game since the Champions League final against Lyon in Budapest on 18 May last year.
The decision fell in the 58th minute. Then Barcelona failed to clear away a post from Svenja Huth which was played free by Syrstad Engen. Thus, Fridolina Rolfö could send the Germans in the lead.
For the last half hour, Wolfsburg kept the Catalans away, and can thus prepare for the team’s fifth Champions League final.
– It has not dawned on me, we are south of me in the Champions League final! It is a dream, says Syrstad Engen to VG after celebrating in the locker room at the beautiful Reale Arena in San Sebastian.
– It’s almost like I have to cut my arm. This peaks an absolutely fantastic season. It can not get much better – yes, if we win the final. Now it’s about winning it too, says the 22-year-old.
On her way to the locker room, she barely managed to give Caroline Graham Hansen a good hug.
– She was going straight to the interview so there was no time to talk so much with her. I know what this meant for “Caro”, but I’m glad I’m in the final and I wish her the best.
Before the match, Syrstad Engen made it clear that she was happy to have had this chance and “I will not mess it up”.
She took care of the chance, and the national team player did a solid job in midfield.
Downturn for «Caro»
Caroline Graham Hansen, with five seasons in Wolfsburg, had a couple of good opportunities in the semifinals.
“Caro” showed up on a couple of occasions in the first half and had a great chance in the 40th minute. Then she pulled off a player, turned inwards, but the shot went just to the side for goal.
In the 51st minute, “Caro” got another scoring opportunity. This time, the 25-year-old chose the wrong solution and went for a pass instead of finishing from close range.
– We did everything – except to score. We had enough chances to score at least three goals, while they got a goal out of nowhere. It feels heavy, but we must congratulate them and wish them luck in the final. We ourselves must go home and train more, Graham Hansen said in an interview with BT Sport.
“Caro” was injured and saw Wolfsburg lose the Champions League final against Lyon in 2016. Two years later, she had only 45 minutes in the 4-1 loss to the French when Ada Hegerberg scored one goal for Lyon.
Tomorrow night we know if there will be another Norwegian in Sunday’s final in San Sebastian. Then PSG and Karina Sævik will face Lyon, who have won the tournament four years in a row.
Correction: It was stated in an earlier version of the case that Ada Hegerberg scored three goals in the Champions League final against Wolfsburg in 2018. Hegerberg scored one goal. It was changed 23.54, on 25.08.20.
Published: 25.08.20 at 21:51
Updated: 25.08.20 at 23:55