Wolfsburg beat Tyreso 3-2 to retain the UEFA Women's Champions League
Wolfsburg came from behind to retain their UEFA Women's Champions League crown with a 4-3 win over Tyreso in Lisbon.
Last Updated: 22/05/14 10:04pm
Wolfsburg carved out the first opportunity of Thursday evening's final at the Estadio do Restelo in Lisbon after 13 minutes, when Anna Blasse dispossessed Line Roddik and floated a cross into the box for Alex Popp who could only head over.
And Wolfsburg were made to pay for not converting when Veronica Bouquete strode towards the area in the 28th minute.
The Spaniard squared to Brazil star Marta, who wriggled away from one challenge before accelerating past another and lashing the ball into the bottom left corner.
Two minutes later, Swedish outfit Tyreso doubled their lead when Christen Press sprinted away from three defenders before crossing for Bouquete to hit a side-foot volley home.
Wolfsburg should have pulled a goal back just before half-time with a volley from Martina Muller but Tyreso keeper Carola Soberg palmed the ball away before comfortably saving Selina Wagner's follow-up attempt.
But the Germans came straight out of the traps in the second half and scored within two minutes of the restart. Blasse crossed from the right touchline for Popp, who made up for her first-half miss by heading home.
And less than five minutes later, Wolfsburg were level when Muller pounced on a ball over the top and rifled a shot into the bottom corner past the on-rushing Soberg.
But in the 56th minute, Bouquet headed to Marta who performed a Cruyff turn with her left foot before curling the ball right-footed into the corner to reinstate Tyreso's lead.
The lead didn't last long though, as Verena Faisst made it 3-3 in the 68th minute after latching onto a slide-rule pass from Popp before coolly finishing.
And the Germans took the lead for the first time in the match 10 minutes from the end when Nadine Kessler raced down the right before squaring for Muller to bundle home her second of the game.
Bouquete wasted a late free-kick for the Swedes as Wolfsburg hung on to successfully defend the trophy that they won for the first time when they made their debut in the competition last year.