27 minutes: Brann wins her first corner after Gaupset makes an electric run, she just keeps going and she takes a shot which is deflected for the free kick.
26 minutes: Brann looks to fight back here with Gaupset taking two quick shots but Endler reads it well to collect.
24 minutes: The goal came from a very poor back play from Brann. They hesitated in the box and Hegerberg pounced, she scored and scored her 61st goal in 64 matches in the competition.
Hegerberg adds to his list!
22 minutes: Lyon succeeds in the last third, he passes to Egurrola whose shot goes very wide. Some of these plays are questionable on Lyon’s part, if they were more patient during preparation they could have two or three now.
20 mins: The corner is launched but Egurrola’s header is directly at Mikalsen. Lyon, unsurprisingly, recovers the ball quickly and regains possession.
18 minutes: Diani closes again! She makes a good run to the side of the box and tries to cross, Mikalsen touches it and it goes out for a corner.
18 minutes: There was some frantic but effective defending in the Brann box, the ball was fumbled but they eventually got away with it. Brann has yet to pack a real punch in this encounter, they will need to get Lyon out of a few things if they want to get anything out of this.
16 minutes: It was so, so close! A shot came from Lyon and although Mikalsen stopped it, she didn’t control and the ball almost fell into Hegerberg’s path. Fortunately for the goalkeeper, her defenders cleared before the record scorer to end the match. All I can hear in this cover is fans drumming and chanting. What do you think of club groups? Let me know by email.
14 minutes: The hosts come back, this time through Bacha but his cross is clearly headed by Gaupset but that doesn’t keep Lyon away for long with Diani crossing. Bacha tries to reach the end but is caught, no penalty is awarded. despite the boos from the crowd.
12 minutes: Dabritz finds the ball at her feet in midfield and makes a good run but she shoots too early and Mikalsen recovers easily.
11 minutes: Brann recovers well from Lyon’s constant attack and goes off alone, Lund crosses into the area but Renard moves away.
9 minutes: Morroni is tackled and she stays down, the game continues until Renard puts it out. She can continue and Lyon goes straight into action, Hegerberg finds himself one-on-one with Mikalsen but the goalkeeper wins.
7 minutes: Brann will be frustrated by this, they started well but Diani had too much space and in this situation the Frenchwoman would punish the teams.
A nice pass from Egurrola finds Bacha, she quibbles and Diani jumps – what a success.
6 minutes: Dabritz takes the free kick but it is well read by Brann’s defenders.
5 minutes: Some sloppy passes from Lyon are disappointing them at the moment, they have the game but the execution is not clinical enough. The hosts launch another attack but Eikeland challenges Dabritz and she wins a free kick.
4 minutes: Brann launches his first attack and Gaupset manages to enter the area but Diani regains possession to ward off any danger. Lyon looks to regain control of the game but Egurrola makes a weak pass and Eikeland intercepts, she takes a shot but Endler recovers.
2 minutes: Lyon pass the ball to Bacha who crosses but it hits the top of the net, a good start from the hosts though – showing their intentions from the start.
Here we go, we are on our way. Can Brann cause an upset? We’ll find out over the next 90 minutes.
The players are out at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, who will win this one? I think Lyon will get there, they are so difficult to stop.
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A fun fact for you, Lyon won all WCL group matches against Norwegian teams. Brann hopes to break that record tonight.
Full-time results in previous kickoffs: Rosengard 0-6 Barcelona and St Polten 0-0 Slavia Praha.
Top scorer in the Women’s Champions League and Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg will play this evening against one of her country’s clubs in Brann in Norway. Not only is it a club from his country, but his older sister Andrine plays for them. Lyon manager Sonia Bompastor said: “Ada is very happy to welcome them to Groupama Stadium and to play there (in Norway) next week. She is very proud to be Norwegian. Facing a team from her country motivates her even more.
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Before Lyon’s third group match in the WCL After getting some exciting contract news, Vanessa Gilles is extending her stay at the club until 2025. She arrived in 2022 on loan from Angel City of the NWSL. She said: “When I came here I said no one can say no to Lyon. I didn’t hesitate. »
There are three other lights which takes place today. Rosengard against Barcelona and St Polten against Slavia Praha have already started. The scores are Rosengard 0-4 Barcelona and St Polten 0-0 Slavia Praha, these matches take place in the second half. The third match, Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt, will kick off at the same time as Lyon v Brann and I will keep you updated on that scoreline as things develop.
Team news is here! Lyon opted for a front trio with Ada Hegerberg and Kadidiatou Diani in the lead.
Lyon: Endler, Carpenter, Renard, Gilles, Morroni, Van de Donk, Egurrola, Dabritz, Bacha, Hegerberg, Diani.
Brann, meanwhile, started Larissa Crummer – the striker who scored the only goal in the 1-0 win over Slavia Praha last time out in the competition.
Brann: Mikalsen, Anasi, Østenstad, Tynnia, Kvamme, Kielland, Haugland, Lund, Eikeland, Gaupset, Crummer.
Good evening and welcome to the Women’s Champions Leaguetonight we have a Lyon against Brann.
Eight-time WCL winners Lyon top Group B but are only ahead of Brann on goal difference. The French club have so far beaten Slavia Praha 9-0 and St Polten 2-0. Brann, meanwhile, recorded a 2-1 result against St Polten and beat Slavia Praha 1-0.
Lyon will be favorites to win this match and will leave some space between them and Brann on the group table. But Brann has proven he can deliver results so far this season and is capable of springing a surprise – if he does it would be the biggest of the campaign so far.
We will come back soon to today’s other meetings, but first to the team’s news. Stay tuned for updates ahead of kick-off at 8pm GMT.