Chelsea conceded 4 targets within the first 36 minutes as Barcelona blew them away to win their first Women’s Champions League in Gothenburg.
Chelsea trailed 33 seconds in when an tried clearance hit Melanie Leupolz and went in for an personal purpose, and Alexia Putellas’ penalty made it 2-0.
Aitana Bonmati completed an intricate transfer and Caroline Graham Hansen tapped in to place a rampant Barca out of sight.
Despite a spirited second-half show there was no manner again for the Blues.
Barcelona grow to be the primary membership to win each the lads’s and ladies’s Champions League, and this was the largest ever successful margin in a girls’s remaining.
Emma Hayes’ Chelsea aspect had hoped so as to add a European crown to their Women’s Super League and League Cup triumphs this season, as they appeared to grow to be solely the second English aspect in historical past, after Arsenal in 2007, to finish the quadruple.
It was Chelsea’s first Champions League remaining – and the primary time an English aspect had reached the showpiece since Arsenal lifted the trophy in 2007 – and it confirmed with a nervous begin, and failure to show the tide as soon as issues started to unravel.
In the primary assault of the sport Lieke Martens struck the bar for the Spanish champions from outdoors the field and from a subsequent cross Fran Kirby’s tried clearance rebounded off team-mate Leupolz and freakishly looped in over goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger.
Chelsea’s Pernille Harder missed a golden probability to degree, capturing over when unmarked from Jess Carter’s deep cross, they usually have been punished as Leupolz caught Jennifer Hermoso along with her trailing leg within the field and Putellas calmly despatched Berger the flawed manner from the spot.
Putellas then performed a beautiful first-time cross for Bonmati to fit residence a 3rd inside 20 minutes earlier than Martens beat Niamh Charles and confirmed composure to select Hansen for well-worked fourth purpose.
Chelsea have been excessive on endeavour after the break however didn’t create any notable possibilities, whereas Barca’s Asisat Oshoala had a last-gasp purpose dominated out for offside.
Progress for Chelsea regardless of humbling defeat
Chelsea had overcome bogey aspect Wolfsburg and fellow German giants Bayern Munich to succeed in the largest sport in membership soccer, 14 years since an English aspect had final been there.
Hayes’ Blues had not even certified for final yr’s competitors and had beforehand twice fallen on the semi-final stage, so ending as runners-up is a giant step ahead each for the membership and the ever-growing profile of the WSL.
And it has been a memorable marketing campaign which has seen them win a file fourth league crown, whereas they might but add the FA Cup to their League Cup for a home treble.
Attacking duo Kirby and Sam Kerr have dazzled, scoring 52 targets between them this season, however they might not get a foothold in Sweden and the Australia striker was withdrawn with 20 minutes left.
And whereas Carter and Charles have impressed in makeshift full-back roles in current months, they struggled towards the world class extensive play of a Barcelona aspect who’ve gained all 26 of their home league matches and scored 128 targets within the course of.
Barca proper the wrongs of 2019
It was a second Champions League remaining for Barcelona and the teachings discovered from their earlier expertise proved invaluable this time spherical.
Against seven-time winners Lyon in 2019 they discovered themselves 3-0 down inside 20 minutes earlier than happening to lose 4-1.
Two years later and it was they who have been handing out that punishment, exhibiting a ruthless edge that Chelsea don’t but have on the very best European stage.
Barca knocked out Chelsea’s largest home rivals Manchester City within the quarter-finals and whereas the WSL now appears to be attracting the very best revenues and largest names in Europe, this exhibits the extent of its prime golf equipment continues to be a bit under the main one or two groups on the continent.
The Spanish aspect’s triumph brings an finish to Lyon’s run of 5 Champions League titles in a row.
- 8LeupolzSubstituted forReitenat 45′minutes
- 5IngleBooked at 38mins
- 10JiSubstituted forCuthbertat 73′minutes
- 20KerrSubstituted forEnglandat 73′minutes
- 8TorrejónSubstituted forCrnogorcevicat 82′minutes
- 15OuahabiBooked at 67minsSubstituted forSerranoat 82′minutes
- 11PutellasSubstituted forLosadaat 71′minutes
- 16HansenSubstituted forCaldenteyat 62′minutes
- 7HermosoSubstituted forOshoalaat 71′minutes
Match ends, Chelsea Women 0, Barcelona Femenino 4.
Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 0, Barcelona Femenino 4.
VAR Decision: No Goal Chelsea Women 0-4 Barcelona Femenino.
Offside, Barcelona Femenino. Aitana Bonmatí tries a by way of ball, however Asisat Oshoala is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona Femenino) proper footed shot from the precise aspect of the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Kheira Hamraoui.
Attempt blocked. Lieke Martens (Barcelona Femenino) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Mariona.
Attempt saved. Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women) proper footed shot from outdoors the field is saved within the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.
Offside, Barcelona Femenino. Melanie Serrano tries a by way of ball, however Asisat Oshoala is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Beth England (Chelsea Women) header from the centre of the field is excessive and extensive to the left. Assisted by Guro Reiten.
Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outdoors the field is blocked. Assisted by Beth England.
Attempt missed. Pernille Harder (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outdoors the field is excessive and extensive to the left. Assisted by Beth England.
Substitution, Barcelona Femenino. Melanie Serrano replaces Leila Ouahabi.
Substitution, Barcelona Femenino. Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic replaces Marta Torrejón.
Marta Torrejón (Barcelona Femenino) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).
Attempt blocked. Patri Guijarro (Barcelona Femenino) header from the left aspect of the field is blocked. Assisted by Mapi León with a cross.
Corner, Barcelona Femenino. Conceded by Sophie Ingle.
Corner, Barcelona Femenino. Conceded by Niamh Charles.
Offside, Barcelona Femenino. Lieke Martens tries a by way of ball, however Asisat Oshoala is caught offside.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Erin Cuthbert replaces Ji So-Yun.