FC Barcelona are the first team through the quarter finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League after following the 5-0 win over FC Minsk at the Estadi Johan Cruyff with a 3-1 win in the Belarusian capital. It’s the fifth year in a row that they have made the last eight as they look to repeat last year’s journey all the way to the final.
With Pamela Tajonar back in the side it was a very young and different site that took on a home side that spent much of the game trying to keep the score respectable, defending avidly as Barça played the possession and pressing game.
Mariona and Hamroui had early chances that showed that the Catalans were keen to score more goals rather than be complacent about the first leg score, while Minsk were content to settle for long balls to lone striker Ogbiagbevha. Aitana Bonmatí came close before the break, but there was no score at the interval.
Young Carla Armengol went on for her debut and almost scored, but against the run of play the home side actually scored first when one of those isolated balls up to Ogbiagbevha produced dividends and goalkeeper Tajonar was beaten.
Unaffected, Barça carried on as they had done and Alexia soon pulled level by nodding in a free kick. Mariona and Patri Guijarro soon added goals of their own, and Barça had confirmed a splendid 8-1 aggregate victory and can now look forward to seeing what the next challenge is going to be.
Minsk: Voskobovich, Shuppo (Belaya, 82’), Yushko, Ogbiagbevha, Kozyupa, Galay, Shmatko, Njolle, Cisse, Khimich & Linnik (Duben, 82’)
FC Barcelona: Tajonar, Maria León (Carla Armengol, 45’), Melanie, Mariona, Hamraoui (Guijarro, 65’), Alexia, Aitana, Pereira, Candela, Falcón & Pina (Graham, 65’)
Goals: 1-0, Ogbiagbevha (60’); 1-1, Alexia (66’); 1-2, Mariona (80’); 1-3, Patri Guijarro (88’)