TOPSHOT - Olympique Lyonnais' French defender Wendie Renard (C) holds the trophy with teammates as they celebrate their victory after the UEFA Women's Champions League final football match Vfl Wolfsburg vs Olympique Lyonnais at the Valeriy Lobanovsky stadium in Kiev on May 24, 2018. - Olympique Lyonnais won 4-1, their third trophy in a row. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
The secret of this women's football powerhouse
03:16 - Source: CNN
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Lyon proved, if it still needed proving, that it’s a level above the rest of its European competition, winning a fourth straight Women’s Champions League title.

The French powerhouse hammered first-time finalist Barcelona 4-1 in Budapest, with inaugural Women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg netting a hat-trick inside the opening half an hour.

There were just 16 minutes and 12 seconds between the Norwegian’s first and third goals as Barcelona had no answer to her superior movement and finishing.

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Olympique Lyonnais' Norwegian forward and first woman Ballon d'Or Ada Stolsmo Hegerberg, poses for photographs on February 18, 2019 at the Parc Olylmpique Lyonnais stadium in Decines Charpieu. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/Getty Images)
Ada Hegerberg: Olympique Lyon's superstar
03:19 - Source: CNN

Lyon has exerted its dominance on the Women’s Champions League over the past decade, reaching the final in eight of the past 10 seasons and victory against Barcelona is a record-extending sixth title.

Barcelona got off to the worst possible start, as Germany captain Dzsenifer Marozsán gave Lyon the lead inside five minutes before Hegerberg made it 4-0 before half time.

Lyon players won a record-extending seventh Women's Champions League title.

Barcelona, to its credit, continued to pass and press and should have clawed one goal back on the stroke of half time. Alexia Putellas crept in unmarked at the far post but could only plant her header onto the crossbar.

The second half was a much more even affair and Barcelona could have again reduced the deficit after the hour mark.

Dutch forward Lieke Martens – voted The FIFA Best player in 2017 – found herself in space inside the box but could only skew her effort wide of the post.

Barcelona did eventually get the goal its second half efforts deserved, as substitute Asisat Oshoala got on the end of Marten’s threaded pass and slotted the ball under Sarah Bouhaddi.

Ada Hegerberg celebrates with teammate Amel Majri.

It proved to be little more than a consolation and Lyon hasn’t suffered defeat in the Champions League since losing to Manchester City in 2017 – and even then it won the tie on aggregate.

It’s going to take something quite special to knock this dominant force in women’s football off its perch.