FC Barcelona notch unique record after winning Women’s Champions League

Barca scored in the opening minute against Chelsea and never looked back in a 4-0 win in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Barcelona Femeni celebrate their victory over Chelsea in the Champions League final, Image credit: Twitter/FCB Femeni

Barcelona Femeni won the Women’s Champions League for the first time after a brilliant 4-0 win over Chelsea in the final in Gothenburg on Sunday. Luis Cortes’s side had the win wrapped up after a phenomenal first-half performance that saw the team score four times in the opening 45 minutes. This sees Barcelona become the first team to win the Champions League with both their men’s and women’s team.

Barca got off to a superb start with Lieke Martens hitting the crossbar inside 30 seconds and then went ahead seconds later when Kirby’s clearance hit Charles and looped over goalkeeper Berger.

The second goal arrived on 13 minutes from the penalty spot. Jenni Hermoso was fouled in the area by Leupolz and Alexia Putellas calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

It got even better for Barca seven minutes later. Martens, Hermoso and Putellas combined to tee up Aitana Bonmati to fire home a superb third goal.

Barca were cruising and added a spectacular fourth before the break. Martens flew down the left, nutmegged Millie Bright and set up Caroline Graham Hansen to tap home.

Barcelona Strike Early

The four goals meant the game was all but wrapped up by half-time. Chelsea did improve after the break but did not create too many moments of danger. They barely even tested Sandro Panos in the Barca goal.

Barca continued to threaten and had the ball in the back of the net again. Substitute Asisat Oshoala scored but saw it disallowed for offside.

It didn’t matter though because moments later the final whistle blew and Barca were crowned European champions for the very first time.

CHELSEA STRUGGLE

Chelsea Manager Emma Hayes and her squad walk away from their first ever Champions League final as the runner-up. Impressive in their quest to reach the final, the Blues struggled to truly find their way into the game after going down to an own goal in the opening minute. The trio of Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr, and Pernille Harder were largely kept out of the game. This was down to a combination of Barca’s counter press eliminating them and Chelsea struggling to develop any meaningful attacking moves.




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