Barcelona stunned Chelsea in a 4-0 win to lift Women’s Champions League and become the first Spanish side to win both the men’s and women’s Champions League. The La Liga table leaders scored all four goals inside 36 minutes, with Melanie Leupolz’s own goal during the first minute of the game in Gothenburg, Sweden and further goals from Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Hansen.
“Congratulations, champions, you are unstoppable,” tweeted Barcelona president Joan Laporta. “You are a reference. You are an example. You are one of the big reasons that make Barca more than a club. You moved us with your magnificent victory”. They also recorded the biggest winning margin in a final since the Women’s Champions League started. Follow us for more live football match updates.
Barcelona ended Lyon, who had won this competition for the past five seasons in a row, reign after being eliminated by Paris Saint Germain in the last four. “We deserve it. It has been a lot of work since the final in Budapest. We had a goal to get back to the final and win it and we’ve done it,” said Bonmati, who won player of the match.It was a second Champions League final for Barcelona.
Two years ago it was Barca who found themselves 3-0 down inside 20 minutes against seven-time winners Lyon side in the Champions League final in Budapest before going on to lose 4-1. Barcelona women wrapped up the Spanish league title with eight games to spare. They have scored 78 points, winning all 26 games to lift the Primera Division title.
It was Chelsea’s first Champions League final and the first time an English side had reached the showpiece since Arsenal lifted the trophy in 2007. Emma Hayes’ side missed to add a European crown to their Women’s Super League and League Cup triumphs this season. “Today was difficult because the game was over before it began,” said Hayes. “We will learn from because this is the next step up.”
“It’s obviously disappointing. We didn’t have the start to the game that we wanted and I think in these types of games against these opponents, you can’t concede sloppy goals. … They had four chances in the first half and put four chances in the back of the net,” Chelsea defender Millie Bright told a news agency.
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