UEFA Women's Champions League: Wolfsburg returns to final

Wolfsburg would likely rank as the greatest team in the history of European women's soccer if it didn't have to take a backseat to Lyon in recent years.

The German club advanced to the UEFA Women's Champions League final for the fifth time in the last eight years when it beat Barcelona, the 2019 runner-up, 1-0, in the semifinals in San Sebastian.

Sweden international Fridolina Rolfo scored the game's only goal in the 58th minute after Barcelona had piled on the pressure.

Barca had a 16-10 edge in shots but only managed to put one shot on target. Nigerian Asisat Oshoala's header was saved by Wolfsburg keeper Friederike Abt after it appeared to deflect off deflect off the hand of Wolfsburg defender Kathrin Hendrich. (There was no VAR to review the call.)

Norwegian Caroline Graham Hansen and Spanish internationals Mariona and Jennifer Hermoso also missed chances for Barcelona.

Wolfsburg won the Champions League in 2013 and 2014 and lost to Lyon in the 2016 and 2018 finals, the first and third of four straight Lyon titles. It recently won its fourth straight Frauen-Bundesliga title and captured its sixth straight DFB-Pokal Frauen.

Lyon and Paris St. Germain will play in the other semifinals on Wednesday.

Aug. 25 in San Sebastian
Wolfsburg 1 Barcelona 0. Goal: Rolfo 58.
Wolfsburg -- Abt; Wedemeyer, Blodworth, Henrich, Doorsoun; Rolfo (Wolter 68), Popp (Oberdorf 86), Engen, Huth; Pajor (Bremer 77), Harder.
Barcelona -- Panos; Torrejon, Maria Leon, Pereira, Ouahabi (Martens 86); Hamraoui (Losada 86), Hermoso, Alexia (Guijarro 77); Graham Hansen, Oshoala (Bonmati 65), Mariona.
1 comment about "UEFA Women's Champions League: Wolfsburg returns to final".
  1. R2 Dad, August 27, 2020 at 12:19 p.m.

    (There was no VAR to review the call.)
    UEFA wants us to watch the women's game, but then can't be bothered to actually provide officiating parity when it's their own tournament.  

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