Women A – Wolfsburg: A true champions' effort (0-2)

Women A – Wolfsburg: A true champions' effort (0-2)

FC Barcelona's ladies' team's Champions League challenge has come to an end against the defending champions However, they still go down in history as the first team from the Spanish Superliga to make it to the quarter finals

It was never going to be easy after losing the first leg in Germany 3-0, and indeed it wasn’t to be, but Xavi Llorens’s side does have the consolation of knowing that they are the first team from the Spanish Superliga ever to make it so far in Europe’s premier ladies’ club competition.

Still hope

It was a rainy morning at the Miniestadi as Barça pressed from early on in the hope of a goal to give them some hope of mounting a comeback. Willy, the main change with respect to the first leg, came close with a chip that visiting goalkeeper Schult just managed to turn away.

Some excellent defending held the Germans at bay for most of the first half, and with Willy particularly incisive down the left, for much of the game Barça were looking the more dangerous of the two teams.

Psychological goal

But the defending champions gradually started to settle into their game, and Barça had Ràfols to thank on more than one occasion for some tremendous goalkeeping. But on the stroke of half-time, she was finally beaten. Goessling threaded the ball through to an unmarked Kessler, who made no mistake to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

All over

The goal knocked the wind out of Barça, and following the break, Wolfsburg looked extremely composed, and although Karol hit the bar twice, it was clear that the Catalans were never going to be able to get the five goals they now needed.

With a quarter of an hour left on the clock, Müller broke through the home defence to score the Germans’ second of the day, making it 5-0 on aggregate. Barça’s European adventure is over, but the girls have every reason to proud of what they have achieved.

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