A very effective Barça Women’s side defeated Valencia with goals from Mapi León, Lieke Martens, Marta Torrejón and Andonova; the latter the author of an Olympic goal in the second half. Fran Sánchez’s side recovered from the defeat against Athletic last week to win a game that keeps them alive in the fight for the League title.

Mapi León took just four minutes to open the scoring at the Antonio Puchades Stadium, and the visitors constant attacking thrust saw them dominate play. In the 34th minute, Lieke Martens latched on to a wonderful pass from Alexia to double Barça’s lead, and there was still time before the break for Marta Torrejón to make the game safe.

In the second half Barça Women controlled possession, and although Martens had several chances, she was unable to add to her tally.

Andonova’s magic

In the 61st minute, the Macedonian midfielder scored with a strike that will surely be seen around the world; an Olympic goal direct from a corner that surprised the Valencian goalkeeper and the entire stadium. Valencia would have the last word, Marta Peiró grabbing a consolation in the last minute.

Match Details

Valencia CF Women, 1
FC Barcelona Women, 4

Valencia CF Women: Vreugdenhil, Van den Berg, Ivana, Sandra (Gio Carreras, min 62), Joyce, Mari Paz, Carol (Marta Peiró, min 66), Carro, Débora, Karpova (Szymanowsky, min 46) and Cubedo (Paula Sancho, min 62).
FC Barcelona Women: Paños, Melanie, Losada, M. Torrejón (Marta Unzue, min 83), Alexia, Patri, Mapi (Ruth García, min 70), Duggan (Bárbara, min 66), Fabiana, Andonova and Martens (Olga García, min 77).
Goals: 1-0 Mapi (min 4); 2-0 Martens (min 34); 3-0 M. Torrejón (min 45); 4-0 Andonova (min 61); 1-4 Marta Peiró (min 90).
Official: Contreras Patiño. Yellow cards for Carro (min 59), Mari Paz (min 78) and Débora (min 89).
Incidents: At the beginning of the game, a minute of silence was held in memory of the Policeman who died on Thursday in Bilbao.

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