UEFA Women's Champions League: Barcelona takes first (big) step in new era of domination

Can any team top what Lyon did in winning five straight UEFA Women's Champions League titles until being ousted in this year's quarterfinals by French rival Paris St. Germain?

Barcelona showed there's more to European women's soccer than OL with a stunning 4-0 win over Chelsea in Sunday's UEFA Women's Champions League final. All four goals came in the first 36 minutes, reversing what happened to Barca two years ago when it lost to Lyon, 4-0, in the final, conceding all four goals in the first 30 minutes.

“The idea is to keep dominating European football,” Barcelona coach Lluis Cortes said. “Winning this game is part of the journey and losing in Budapest [to Lyon] was part of it, too.”

The first goal came after 32 seconds when Dutch star Lieke Martens hit the crossbar and Melanie Leupolz put the ball into her own goal after Chelsea's failed to clear the rebound. Goals followed from Barcelona captain Alexia Putellas from the penalty spot in the 12th minute, Aitana Bonmati and Norwegian Caroline Graham Hansen.

The defeat was a crushing blow to Chelsea, the first English team to reach the final since the FA Women's Super League was formed.

“Today was difficult because the game was over before it began,” said Chelsea manager Emma Hayes. “To concede so early and then we had two good chances, then they got the second through a penalty. The damage was done.”

1 comment about "UEFA Women's Champions League: Barcelona takes first (big) step in new era of domination".
  1. R2 Dad, May 17, 2021 at 11:32 a.m.

    That was ugly. Chelsea were poor when pressed and barely saw the ball in that first 30 minutes. Referee decided not got give an obvious penalty to Chelsea--surprised VAR didn't get involved in that shove in the back inside the 18. EPL-style running and gunning won't work when playing in Europe. This development does not bode well for the USWNT. Barca are not all Spanish--yet. But they are just a couple players short and boy are we going to look bad when they do the same to our ladies. It's getting late in the game, Vlatko. Steamrolling CONCACAF won't fool us this time. France and Spain will be waiting. Germany, Japan, too.

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