Barcelona jumped out to an early lead in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final and never let up in a 4-0 win over Chelsea.
Just seconds into the game, Barcelona capitalized on a failed Chelsea clearance that led to an own goal from Melanie Leupolz. Barcelona forward Lieke Martens’ initial shot hit off the crossbar, causing chaos in Chelsea’s box and eventually ricocheting off two Chelsea players and into the goal.
Chelsea conceded an own goal 35 seconds into the #UWCL final 😳(via @UCLonCBSSports)pic.twitter.com/PSomGG1m0N— B/R Football (@brfootball) May 16, 2021
Chelsea conceded an own goal 35 seconds into the #UWCL final 😳(via @UCLonCBSSports)pic.twitter.com/PSomGG1m0N
Only 13 minutes later, Barcelona struck again when Jenni Hermoso was taken down in the box, drawing a foul. Alexia Putellas converted the penalty kick to put Barcelona up 2-0 over Chelsea.
GOAL for @FCBfemeni, as Alexia Putellas buries the penalty kick!#CHEvBAR | 0-2 | #UWCL pic.twitter.com/YiZ0iMak4a— The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) May 16, 2021
GOAL for @FCBfemeni, as Alexia Putellas buries the penalty kick!#CHEvBAR | 0-2 | #UWCL pic.twitter.com/YiZ0iMak4a
Barcelona, unyielding, continued to punish Chelsea’s defense, scoring again in the 21st minute. After a clever build-up play, Aitana Bonmati made a darting run into the box to beat her defender and slot the ball into the back of the net, giving Barcelona a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Barcelona in the 2019 #UWCL final: Trailed Lyon 3-0 after 19 minutes.Today vs. Chelsea: Up 3-0 after 20 😳(via @UCLonCBSSports)pic.twitter.com/wvD5ozwgL0— Planet Fútbol (@si_soccer) May 16, 2021
Barcelona in the 2019 #UWCL final: Trailed Lyon 3-0 after 19 minutes.Today vs. Chelsea: Up 3-0 after 20 😳(via @UCLonCBSSports)pic.twitter.com/wvD5ozwgL0
With Chelsea struggling to maintain possession, Barcelona continued to push on the attack.
In the 36th minute, Martens again picked apart Chelsea’s defense, beating her defender down the flank and setting up Caroline Graham Hansen, who punched in Barcelona’s fourth goal.
Barcelona understood the assignment. #UWCL pic.twitter.com/DBizI7Ef0Y— Our Game Magazine (@OurGameMagazine) May 16, 2021
Barcelona understood the assignment. #UWCL pic.twitter.com/DBizI7Ef0Y
Chelsea started the second half with more possession, as Barcelona opted to sit back and absorb the Blues’ attacks. Despite getting numbers up, Chelsea couldn’t get organized enough to pose an offensive threat in the final third.
As a result, Barcelona managed to uphold their 4-0 first-half lead until the final whistle, securing the win.
🎉 BARCELONA ARE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE! 🎉#UWCLfinal | 🏆🔵🔴— UEFA Women’s Champions League (@UWCL) May 16, 2021
🎉 BARCELONA ARE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE! 🎉#UWCLfinal | 🏆🔵🔴
The win gave Barcelona their first Women’s Champions League title in club history and capped a perfect season. Barcelona went undefeated in their 26 league games.