Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg played her first game in 625 days as Sonia Bompastor's side made a winning start to the new UEFA Women's Champions League campaign against Hacken.
Finishes from Melvine Malard and Catarina Macario - the latter's sixth of the season - plus an own goal from Stine Larsen, ensured a 3-0 victory on Les Fenottes's UWCL return.
The 2018 Ballon d'Or Feminin winner and competition record goalscorer ended her near-two-year horrorshow layoff following a succession of debilitating injuries with a late cameo off the bench.
Named on the bench ahead of kick-off, the chance of a first match since January 2020 represents the end of a long wait for Hegerberg following a difficult period plagued by fitness issues.
Over 20 months on from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, the former Norway international - whose haul of 53 finishes is an all-time record in the UWCL - was brought on in the 79th minute.
The 26-year-old played out the rest of the match without issue, as Lyon wrapped up their 3-0 victory against the Swedish outfit at Bravida Arena in Gothenburg.
Ada Hegerberg is 𝗕𝗔𝗖𝗞 ❗️— Goal (@goal) October 5, 2021
The five-time Champions League winner with Lyon and the all-time record scorer in the competition (53) has made her first appearance off the bench since January 2020, after recovering from a host of injuries 💪 pic.twitter.com/yazERY81Fe
Macario continues hot streak
While her team-mate will have captured the headlines after her long lay-off, USWNT star Macario's finish shortly after half-time continued her superb start to the season for Lyon.
The 22-year-old, signed this year after leaving Stanford University, has been one of the most consistent performers of the new term so far, with half-a-dozen goals across all competitions to her name.
It continues a fine year for the attacking midfielder, who has already enjoyed SheBelieves Cup success and an Olympic bronze medal at international level since January.
Macario makes it 2-0 to Lyon 💥🎯 pic.twitter.com/p3cKv1Li9t— DAZN Football (@DAZNFootball) October 5, 2021
The bigger picture
With her first minutes locked in, Hegerberg will be on the lookout to notch up her recovery to full fitness, with a further UWCL test set for next Thursday against Benfica.
She will hope to add to her record haul in the competition, while on the domestic front, she will aim to help Lyon keep their perfect start to the season intact.
The club have won their first five league games to stay three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain at the summit.