52 min: Chance for Cascarino! Lyon continue to look so dangerous in transition. Horan plays a good angled pass to Cascarino, who is forced slightly wide by a sloppy first touch but still manages to leather a rising drive just over the bar. That was a really good effort from a tightish angle.
50 min After a good run from Macario, Malard shoots straight at Panos from the edge of the D.
49 min Henry fouls Bonmati 25 yards from goal, a fair way to the right of centre. Putellas tries a training-ground free-kick and makes a mess of it.
46 min Peep peep!
Barcelona are making a half-time change: Asisat Oshoala is on for Jenni Hermoso.
“You must have performed some sort of ritual before the match, presumably like you do for cracking games, as this certainly is one,” says Yash Gupta.
Trust me, I’ve also kissed plenty of frogs in my 18 years (gulp) of liveblogging.
If that first half doesn’t make you want to read an entertaining, free, informative, free weekly women’s football newsletter, then nothing will.
Pick the bones out of that. What do you mean that’s my job? Well, Lyon are 3-1 ahead but their lead feels precarious, such has been the madness of this game. Amandine Henry’s astonishing goal put Lyon ahead before Ada Hegerberg and Catarina Macario gave them a barely believable 3-0 lead.
Barcelona, who have been a nervous wreck in defence, changed the mood when Alexia Putellas volleyed past Christiane Endler.
Don’t ask me what happens next; I’m still trying to make sense of what just happened.
45+2 min Hegerberg leaves one on Patri and is rightly booked.
45+1 min Cascarino mistimes a volley wide from Macario’s floated cross. It wasn’t an easy chance – the angle was pretty tight – but she’ll be frustrated that she didn’t connect properly.
45 min Four minutes of added time.
44 min This first half has flown by.
43 min “Firstly I’d like to echo the thoughts of Redmond Grimes: it’s great to see the investment in the WSL – and these two are still miles better,” says Adam Kline-Schoder. “I feel like Barcelona have been a bit one-dimensional in their play so far; the patterns aren’t quite there and the ball isn’t being moved quite quickly enough to evade the traps Lyon are cleverly setting for them. What a goal by Henry, what a player Hegerberg is, and what a game this has been. Enjoy!”
The captain Alexia Putellas has dragged Barcelona back into the game. The goal was made by Graham Hansen, who swung over a fairly standard, shin-high cross from the right. Mbock Bathy slipped, which allowed Putellas to run onto the ball and volley emphatically past Endler. That’s a really good finish.
40 min For whatever it’s worth, I still don’t think this game is over. I will, of course, delete this entry and pretend it never happened if Lyon make it 4-0.
39 min Graham Hansen’s cross from the right is beaten away nervously by Endler, who might have been unsighted. Barcelona still look pretty calm going forward; it’s in defence that blind panic has set in.
38 min Hegerberg is giving a masterclass in centre-forward play. As well as scoring one and making two, her link play has been exemplary.
36 min After another rapid break, Hegerberg whips a shot that is beaten away by the flying Panos! Lyon are destroying Barcelona in transition.
Catarina Macario has made it 3-0 to Lyon after more outstanding play from Hegerberg. A desperate, weary clearance from Paredes, in her own six-yard box, was blocked by Malard. She gave the ball to Hegerberg, who played a quick-witted first-time pass across goal towards the unmarked Macario.
Macario miscontrolled the ball, as if in shock that she should find herself four yards out with an open goal, but the ball rolled off the post and into the net.
The instant pass from Hegerberg, which bisected five Barcelona players, was marvellous.
Barcelona are falling apart!
32 min Another chance for Hegerberg! A rubbish ball from Leon was intecepted, and suddenly Hegerberg was one v one with Paredes, the last defender. This time Paredes did well to hold Hegerberg up, and eventually she shot over the bar from the edge of the D.
Water break It’s really warm in Turin, almost 30 degrees, and the players are having a drink.
28 min There’s the second one!
27 min This is pulsating stuff. It’s not going to end 2-0, I’ll tell you that for nothing.
25 min Hegerberg almost makes it three! Paredes played a dreadful, short backpass that was collected by Hegerberg. She tried to go round the outrushing Panos, who lunged feet first to make a vital tackle. Barcelona are a bag of nerves in defence.
It was another high-class goal from Lyon. The indefatigable Bacha played a slick one-two with Malard on the left and arced a beautiful cross towards the far post. The keeper Panos didn’t know whether to stick or twist, and Hegerberg pulled away from Leon to head into the net with utter certainty. She’s done it to Barcelona again!
There might be panic now: Lyon have gone 2-0 up!
22 min Barcelona can’t have gone behind too often in the last couple of seasons. So far there have been no signs of panic or frustration, though that might change if it’s still 1-0 after an hour.
21 min “Couple early thoughts,” says Travis Giblin. “First, WHAT A STRIKE by Henry. As a card-carrying member of the Irish nation I struggle to cheer for any French player named Henry, but that was incredible. Also, in the lead up to the goal, what an effort by Hegerberg. She was clearly missed by Lyon last season.”
Yes, I was so distracted by Henry’s strike that I forgot to praise Hegerberg for holding the ball up in the first place. She did superbly.
20 min Hegerberg wafts a bouncing ball wide of goal from about 22 yards. Lyon aren’t having much of the ball but look dangerous when they do get it.
17 min “The WSL has come on leaps and bounds but these two teams are two steps ahead,” says Redmond Grimes. “It could be a while before we see the likes of Chelsea, Man City or Arsenal win this.”
Indeed. You’d think three years minimum, even with the money in the WSL.
15 min: Great defending from Bacha! Rolfo runs at the substitute Buchanan and drives a low cross towards Hermoso, whose attempted shot is blocked brilliantly by Bacha in the six-yard box. Barcelona have responded admirably to the shock of going behind.
14 min: Lyon substitution Poor Ellie Carpenter is stretchered off to be replaced by Kadeisha Buchanan.