FC Barcelona have collected a very well deserved three points from their trip to Huelva. Following the international break, and with several key players absent, an Oshoala goal made the difference and leaves Barça tied at the top of table with Deportivo after the first five games.
With María León, Jenni Hermoso, Van der Gragt, Losada, Falcón and Martens all unavailable, coach Luis Cortés opted for Patri and Andrea Pereira in the middle of a defence, while up front Barça found it heavy going against a side that just wanted to defend and try their luck on the counter – none of this helped by the poor condition of the surface.
Oshoala’s winner on the half hour was a cracker, and with the game opened up after the goal, but there was no further score. Job done, and Barça remain unbeaten.
Sporting de Huelva: Chelsea, Korina, Elena Pavel (Irene, min 62), Cinta Rodríguez, Fatou Kanteh (Peiró, min 70), Mascaró, Castelló, Sandra Bernal, Yoko Tanaka (Princella, min 76), Peace Efih & Alidou (Navarro, min 70).
Barça: Paños, Marta, Mariona, Hamraoui (Melanie Serrano, min 83), Alexia, Patri, Aitana, Leila, Graham (Candela Andújar, min 89), Andrea Pereira & Oshoala (Laia Codina, min 92).
Goals: 0-1, Oshoala (min 29).