Turbine Potsdam joined Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Women's Champions League final thanks to a narrow 1-0 second leg victory over Duisburg after a 2-2 draw in the first leg.
By David Brenchley
Japanese striker Yuki Nagasato hit the winning goal five minutes before the interval for the holders when she latched on to Viola Odebrecht pass and bent the ball around the goalkeeper from just inside the penalty area.
Duisburg carved out the first few openings as Kozue Ando forced Anna Felicitas Sarholz into action early on but then Potsdam, who twice took the lead in Duisburg, were woken up.
Anja Mittag and Nagasato both scraped the crossbar while Isabel Kerschowski then rattled the woodwork from a corner just minutes before Nagasato struck.
And it was Potsdam who took the momentum onwards and could have extended their lead in the second period through Mittag, Fatmire Bajramaj and Nagasato but their side move forward to Craven Cottage on May 26.
Potsdam will now look to become the first team since Umea in 2004 to retain their Champions League crown and Nagasato has pledged to play a vital role in that clash.
"I am already really looking forward playing Lyon again," she said. "I will score at least once in the final. Last year we had to go through a penalty shoot-out, but this time we want to win it in regular time.
"We showed team spirit, though it wasn't easy as two of our important defenders, Bianca Schmidt and Josephine Henning, were missing."
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