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Unzúe, during the game

Unzúe performed solidly for FC Barcelona. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

The players applaud the fans

The players were grateful to the fine crowd that braved the rain at the Miniestadi. PHOTO: MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

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.

MATCH STATS

Womens A, 0
Wolfsburg, 2

Femení A: Ràfols, M. Unzué, Melanie, Miriam, Soni (Jelena, min 70), Corredera, Ruth, Willy (Karol, min 57), Alexia (Gema, min 84), Virginia & Torrejón.

Wolfsburg: Schult, Wensing, Jakabfi (Blässer, min 86), Fischer, Popp, Kessler (Wagner, min 83), Magull (Odebrecht, min 69), Bunte, Müller, Henning & Goessling.

Goals: 0-1, Kessler, min 45+2; 0-2, Müller, min 74.

Incidents: The game was preceded by a tribute to the U14 ladies team who won their league. The girls came onto the pitch before the warm-up and posed for a picture with the first team.

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