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The Women's Champions League final is approaching. On 3 June FC Barcelona face VFL Wolfsburg in the PSV Stadium in Eindhoven and Barça will be looking for their second victory in the competition in what will be their fourth final in the last five years.
In the Netherlands, Barça Women will face the German club, twice winners of the Champions League in 2013 and 2014 and who are currently second in the Bundesliga behind Bayern Munich, in what will be the sixth meeting between two sides in the competition.
The most recent meetings between the two clubs came last season in the semi-finals of the competition. Jonatan Giráldez's team had just knocked out Real Madrid and they were looking to make it to the final for the second season in a row.
The first leg saw the blaugranes take a crushing 5-1 win at Spotify Camp Nou thanks to goals from Aitana Bonmatí, Graham Hansen, Jenni Hermoso and two from Alexia Putellas put Barça in control of tie. Furthermore, the fixture saw a record attendance for a women's match of 91,648 fans, surpassing the previous best of 91,553 set against Real Madrid in the previous round.
The blaugranes had sufficient advantage in the tie that even a 2-0 defeat in the return leg in Germany could not prevent them making the final in Turin.
The other side of the coin
Prior to last season's semi-final, it was the Germans who had always come out on top against Barça. The first meeting between the two teams came back in 2014 in the quarter finals of the competition. Barça had beaten FC Zurich Frauen to set up a last eight meeting with the reigning champions. Xavi Llorens' team suffered a 3-0 defeat at the VFL Stadium and a 2-0 loss at the Minestadi.
The final clash between the Catalans and the Germans came in 2020 during the COVID-19 affected season. The teams met in the semi-finals in a one legged tie played in the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastián with Fridolina Rolfö, now a blaugrana, scoring the only goal of the game for Wolfsburg.
Good record against German teams
Barça Women have a decent record against Bundesliga opponents. In four meetings against Bayern Munich, the blaugranes have beaten them in a semi final tie and lost just once. Fellow German side Hoffenheim were defeated 4-0 at home and 5-0 away in the group stages of the competition in 2021.
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