Chelsea humbled by Barcelona in Champions League final

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Chelsea humbled by Barcelona in Champions League final

Chelsea’s bid to win the Women’s Champions League for the first time in the club’s history ended in misery following a 4-0 defeat by Barcelona in Sunday’s final.

Emma Hayes’ Blues became the first English side to reach the European showpiece since Arsenal won the competition 14 years ago.

But her side were who avenged their 4-1 final defeat to Lyon in 2019 to claim their own maiden Champions League title.

Chelsea’s Melanie Leupolz put through her own net after just 33 seconds in Gothenburg before Alexia Putellas doubled Barcelona’s advantage from the penalty spot 14 minutes later.

Aitana Bonmati added a third after 20 minutes, with Caroline Graham Hansen tapping home a fourth for the Spanish side nine minutes before the interval as the match was all but wrapped up before half-time.

Hayes kept faith with the same players that beat Bayern Munich 4-1 in the second leg of their semi-final clash earlier this month.

But were left facing a mountain to climb inside the opening minute following a blistering start by their opponents.


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Lieke Martens’ spectacular effort rattled the crossbar with just 25 seconds gone and when the Blues failed to clear their lines the ball struck Leupolz and looped in over Ann-Katrin Berger’s head.

Chelsea appeared overawed by the occasion and almost conceded again moments later when Jenni Hermoso dragged her shot wide.

In a chaotic opening to the final, the Blues could have drawn level with Pernille Harder wasting two promising opportunities.

And they were made to rue the missed openings when Hermoso was blocked off in the box and referee Riem Hussein pointed to the spot.

Putellas sent Berger the wrong way to score her side’s second and it was to get even worse for the Londoners six minutes later when Barcelona struck again.

Martens’ pass found Hermoso who played in Bonmati to score past a helpless Berger.

In 2019, Barcelona conceded four times inside 30 minutes on their way to a humbling 4-1 final defeat. But on Sunday, it was their turn to score four times in the opening period.

After 36 minutes, Martens raced into the box, keeping Niamh Charles at bay before pulling the ball back for Graham Hansen who made no mistake for Barcelona’s fourth, and ultimately final blow.

Hayes’ side emerged for the second half displaying a resolute determination but despite seeing plenty of the ball they were unable to find a consolation on a sobering evening.

The defeat ends Chelsea’s quadruple bid, a week after they sealed the Women’s Super League title with a 5-0 victory over Reading.

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Alisson header a dizzying shot of pure undiluted Barclays

Sometimes there’s nothing else to do but just sit back and wallow in some sheer undiluted Barclays.

We were 20 seconds away from having nothing to talk about apart from the ineffectiveness of Liverpool’s huffing and puffing, musings about whether they really deserved a crack at Champions League football after the season they’ve produced, analysis of Large Samuel’s record of pulling Liverpool’s pants down and some golden boot chatter of interest to quite literally nobody apart from Harry Kane and Mo Salah themselves.

. Wonderland. The man in black becoming, by our reckoning, the first man to score a Premier League goal while wearing a trouser. Definitely the first Premier League goalkeeper to score a header.

That last bit is genuinely key to all this. It’s not just that it’s Alisson, who has been through so much recently. It’s not just that it’s Liverpool, a club of such size that anything they do for better or worse will always be amplified, and it’s not just that it was a crucial 95th-minute winner that may well have dire consequences for the loser of Tuesday night’s clash between Chelsea and Leicester while keeping Liverpool’s season alive.

It’s all of those things and more. Because it is without question the best goal scored in the Premier League by a goalkeeper. It is, in everything apart from the scorer’s attire, an entirely proper goal. It’s a great header. It’s a real actual proper goal.


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There are two types of goals that goalkeepers score in the Premier League. The long clearance horribly misjudged by the opposite number – think of your Tim Howards or your Paul Robinsons and the Asmir Begovics of this world. Alternatively there is the keeper-up-for-late-corner goal, which usually involves panic, a crowd scene, some undignified six-yard-box pinball and a scuffed finish.

What they never are is properly good goals like this one was. There’s a reasonable argument that keepers should do better when they go up for late corners because the opposition are thrown. There’s an extra man to deal with and nobody knows whose responsibility he is. The fact goalkeepers so rarely actually do score from these corners is because they’re rubbish at it as it is not their job.

Alisson was having none of that, gambolling unopposed into the West Brom penalty box after what seemed like quite a late decision to go for it and then arching his back and flexing those neck muscles to send a picture-perfect header into the far corner.

With all due respect to Chelsea and Leicester, it feels quite important that do now actually qualify for next season’s Champions League and ideally win it. It would have been quite funny anyway given how staggeringly bad they have been at times during this campaign, but it’s now on a different level altogether. It’s only five days since Liverpool fans were wailing and gnashing their teeth about the Manchester United line-up against Leicester. Barclays comes at you fast.

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