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Kumagai's Lyon champions of Europe again

Budapest: Japan national team captain Saki Kumagai has claimed a fourth consecutive UEFA Women's Champions League title, after Olympique Lyonnais earned an emphatic 4-1 win against FC Barcelona in Saturday's final.

Lyon's victory completes a treble following domestic league and cup titles, and gives the French club a record-extending six European titles, all of which have come since 2011.

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Kumagai entered the fray as a 72nd minute substitute, but, in truth, the match had effectively been won by that point, with Lyon's legion of stars piling on four goals in the opening 30 minutes to take the game away from their Spanish opponents.

Budapest-born Dzsenifer Marozsán delighted the Groupama Arena crowd with the opening goal in the fifth minute, before reigning Women's Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg ran riot, scoring in the 14th, 19th and 30th minutes.



Barcelona managed to find the net through Nigerian international and former Dalian Quanjian star Asisat Oshoala in the 89th minute, but it was scant consolation as Lyon finished another season at the top of the European game.

With her club commitments now at an end for the season, Kumagai will join her Nadeshiko teammates as they prepare for the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019, which begins in less than three weeks.

Japan - ranked seventh in the world - will meet Spain in a friendly on June 2, before they begin their group stage campaign against Argentina in Paris on June 10.

Photos: AFP

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