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Chelsea, Barcelona to meet in Champions League final


Valiant efforts by Pernille Harder and Fran Kirby helped Chelsea overcome a 2-1 first-leg deficit with a 4-1 victory over Bayern Munich on Sunday, sending them to the Women’s Champions League final, where they will meet FC Barcelona.

Previously, the club had made the semi-finals in 2017-18 and 2018-19 but did not advance to the final. The Blues become just the second English club to reach the final after Arsenal, who won it all in 2007. 

Barcelona enters the match having beaten Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-final. Previous runs include having been runners up in 2018-19 and making the semi-finals in 2019-20. They hope to become the fifth champion from a different nation after Germany, Sweden, England and France. 

Currently, Barcelona leads the Spanish Women’s Primera División while Chelsea sits one point back from Manchester City having played one less game. 

Five-time defending champion Lyon is notably absent after being knocked out by PSG in the quarter-finals.

The final will be played Sunday, May 16 in Gothenburg, Sweden.