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Lyon V Brann: Women’s Champions League – Live

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28 min: The corner is taken but Endler plucks it out of the air.

27 min: Brann win their first corner after Gaupset has an electric run, she just keeps on going and she takes a shot which is deflected out for the set piece.

26 min: Brann look to strike back here with Gaupset putting in two quick fire shots but Endler reads it well to collect.

24 min: The goal came from really poor play out the back from Brann. They hesitated in the box and Hegerberg pounced, she tapped home and scored her 61st goal in 64 appearances in the competition.

GOAL! Lyon 2-0 Brann (Hegerberg, 23′)Hegerberg adds to her record!

22 min: Lyon work it in the final third, they pass to Egurrola whose shot is way wide. Some of these plays are questionable from Lyon, if they were more patient over the build-up they could be two or three up by now.

20 min: The corner is whipped in but the header from Egurrola is straight at Mikalsen. Lyon, unsurprisingly, have recovered the ball quickly and are back in possession.

18 min: Diani close again! She has a good run on the side of the area and looks to cross, Mikalsen gets a touch to it and it’s out for a corner.

18 min: There is some frantic but effective defending in the box from Brann, the ball pinballed around but they eventually get it clear. Brann are yet to throw a real punch in this encounter, they will have to knock some stuffing out of Lyon if they want to get anything from this.

16 min: That was so, so close! A shot came in from Lyon and while Mikalsen stopped it, she didn’t control and the ball almost fell into Hegerberg’s path. Luckily for the keeper her defenders cleared before the record scorer to get on the end of it. All I can hear on this coverage is the drumming and singing fan, what are your thoughts on club bands? Let me know via email.

14 min: The hosts come again, this time through Bacha but her cross is headed clear by Gaupset but it doesn’t keep Lyon away from long with Diani crossing in. Bacha attempts to get on the end of it but she is caught, no penalty given despite jeers from the crowd.

12 min: Dabritz finds the ball at her feet in the midfield and makes a great run but she takes the shot too early and Mikalsen collects easily.

11 min: Brann recover well from Lyon’s constant attack and set off on their own, Lund crosses into the area but Renard heads away.

9 min: Morroni is tackled and she stays down, play continues until Renard puts it out. She is okay to continue and Lyon pounce straight into action, Hegerberg is found in a one-on-one with Mikalsen but the keeper comes out on top.

7 min: Brann will be frustrated with that, they had started well but Diani was allowed too much space and in that situation the Frenchwoman will punish sides.

GOAL! Lyon 1-0 Brann (Diani, 6′)A lovely pass from Egurrola finds Bacha, she chips and Diani pounces – what a hit.

6 min: Dabritz takes the free kick but it is well read by the Brann defenders.

5 min: Some sloppy passing from Lyon letting them down at the moment, they have the plays but the execution isn’t clinical enough. The hosts set off on another attack but Eikeland challenges Dabritz and she wins a free kick.

4 min: Brann set off on their first attack and Gaupset manages to get into the box but Diani wrestles possession back to clear any danger. Lyon look to take back control of the game but Egurrola makes a weak pass and Eikeland intercepts, she rifles off a shot but Endler collects.

2 min: Lyon work the ball to Bacha who puts in a cross but it hits the top of the net, a good start from the hosts though – showing their intentions early on.

Kick-off! Lyon 0-0 BrannHere we go, we are underway. Can Brann cause an upset? We will 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 do it, they are just so difficult to stop.

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A fun fact for you, Lyon have won all of the WCL group games against Norwegian teams. Brann will be hoping to break that record this evening.

Full time scores in the earlier kick-offs: Rosengard 0-6 Barcelona and St Polten 0-0 Slavia Praha.

Women’s Champions League record goalscorer and Lyon forward Ada Hegerberg will play against one of her nation’s clubs this evening in Norway’s Brann. Not only is it a club that is from her country but her older sister Andrine plays for them. Lyon manager Sonia Bompastor said: “Ada is very happy to welcome them to the Groupama stadium and to go play there [in Norway] next week. She is very proud to be Norwegian. Facing a team from her country further motivates her.”

Photograph: Johannes Simon/UEFA/Getty ImagesSo it is that time of year, Christmas shopping is in full flow and I finished mine today – a stress lifted. How far along are you? Let me know via email.

Before Lyon’s third WCL group match they had exciting contract news, Vanessa Gilles is extending her stay at the club until 2025. She arrived in 2022 on loan from the NWSL’s Angel City. She said: “When I first arrived here, I said that no one can say no to Lyon. I didn’t hesitate.”

Photograph: Daniel Becerril/ReutersThere are three other fixtures taking place today. Rosengard v Barcelona and St Polten v Slavia Praha has already kicked off. The scores there stand Rosengard 0-4 Barcelona and St Polten 0-0 Slavia Praha, those game are into the second half. The third fixture, Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt, will kick off at the same time as Lyon v Brann and I will keep you updated on that score as things unfold.

Barcelona’s Aitana Bonmati fires in their fourth at Rosengard. Photograph: Johan Nilsson/ TT News Agency/ReutersThe team news is in! Lyon have opted for a front two with Ada Hegerberg and Kadidiatou Diani leading the front.

Lyon: Endler, Carpenter, Renard, Gilles, Morroni, Van de Donk, Egurrola, Dabritz, Bacha, Hegerberg, Diani.

Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty ImagesBrann, meanwhile, have started Larissa Crummer – the forward who scored the only goal in their 1-0 win over Slavia Praha last time out in the competition.

Brann: Mikalsen, Anasi, Østenstad, Tynnia, Kvamme, Kielland, Haugland, Lund, Eikeland, Gaupset, Crummer.

PreambleGood evening and welcome back to the Women’s Champions League, tonight we have a Lyon v Brann.

Lyon, the eight-time WCL winners, are top of Group B but they 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, have recorded a 2-1 result over St Polten and defeated Slavia Praha 1-0.

Lyon will be the favourites to win this game and put some space between them and Brann on the group table. But Brann have proved they can grind out results so far this season and are capable of creating an upset – if they did so it would be the biggest of the campaign so far.

We will have a look at the other fixtures taking place today shortly but first the team news. Stay tuned for updates before kick-off at 8pm GMT.

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