France Champions Olympic Lyon have become the first team to reach 100 UEFA women’s club games, adding to their many records.
It was a journey that started 12 years ago in front of around 100 people in a qualifying round match in North Macedonia, and one that has taken the UEFA Women’s Champions League by storm.
On Wednesday, Lyon became the first club to play 100 matches in UEFA women’s club competition,a 4-0 win away to Fortuna Hjørring in the first leg of the round of 16.
From that opening game in what was then known as the UEFA Women’s Cup – a 12-0 defeat of Slovakia’s Slovan Duslo Šala in Strumica – they may not have improved on their margin of victory but they have gone on to claim most of the club records in the competition, not least their six titles, including a current run of four in a row.
Lyon in UEFA Women’s Cup/UEFA Women’s Champions League
First game: Qualifying round v Slovan Duslo Šala, 9 August 2007, W12-0
First team: Pons; Renard, Georges, Bompastor, Nécib, Lepailleur, Henry (Thomis 46), Cruz Traña (Brétigny 53), Simone (Faye-Chellali 55), Kátia
First goalscorer: Camille Abily (7 minutes)
Time before first goal conceded: 530 minutes (in 2-1 win against Sparta Praha, second qualifying round, Stade de Gerland)
First holders knocked out: Arsenal, 2007/08 quarter-finals
First loss over 90 minutes: 1-3 v Duisburg (a), 2008/09 semi-final second leg (17th game)
First elimination before semi-finals: 2013/14 round of 16 v Turbine Potsdam (7th campaign)
Final wins: 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Other final appearances: 2010, 2013
All Lyon’s competiton records