Lyon set all-time Champions League unbeaten record with victory over Brondby

Lyon set all-time Champions League unbeaten record with victory over Brondby

Lyon set a Champions League record of 30 games unbeaten to book their place in the competition’s quarter finals with victory over Brondby on Wednesday.

The reigning European champions came from a goal down to beat their Danish opponents 3-1 thanks to goals from England international Nikita Parris, France forward Melvine Malard and a Wendie Renard penalty, giving them a 5-1 aggregate victory.

The result stretches Lyon’s unbeaten run in the Champions League to 30 matches – a record in both the men’s and women’s competition.

The French giants have not suffered defeat in the Champions League since they lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the second leg of the 2016/17 semi finals back in April 2017. Lyon still progressed to the final despite the defeat, beating the WSL outfit 3-2 on aggregate.

The current longest unbeaten run in the men’s Champions League belongs to Manchester United, who went 25 games without defeat in Europe between September 2007 and May 2009, lifting the trophy during the 2007/08 season in that time.

Lyon have been an outrageously dominant force in European women’s football over the past decade, winning a record seven titles since their maiden triumph in 2010/11.

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Lyon are the reigning Champions League holders | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The European heavyweights have won five successive Champions League titles – a feat matched only by Real Madrid in both the men’s and women’s game. Los Blancos won five straight titles between 1956 and 1960 during the European Cup’s formative years. Should Lyon lift the trophy again in this season’s competition, the record will be theirs outright.

Such is their dominance, Lyon are holders of a collection of other Women’s Champions League records. Their nine final appearances, five consecutive final appearances between 2016 and 2020 and 10 semi final appearances cannot be bettered by any other European side in the women’s game.

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