Barcelona booked their place in a 3rd consecutive ladies’s Champions League last with a 1-1 draw towards Chelsea on Thursday at Camp Nou, progressing 2-1 on mixture.
First-leg goalscorer Caroline Graham Hansen broke the impasse after 63 minutes however Guro Reiten shortly levelled from a rebound after Sam Kerr was denied.
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In entrance of over 72,000 followers, the 2021 winners held on to achieve a fourth last in 5 years.
Chelsea confirmed loads of grit to remain within the tie towards a superior Barca, turning into the primary aspect to cease them from successful in a house match all season throughout all competitions.
Barcelona have been with out England defender Lucy Bronze after knee surgical procedure, whereas Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas was on the bench for the primary time this season after her ACL harm final July.
However the Spanish star was not risked in its place in a tense and hard-fought recreation which went all the way down to the wire.
Graham Hansen thought she had fired Barcelona forward once more early on however the strike was disallowed as she used her arm to manage the ball.
Nigeria worldwide Asisat Oshoala slashed wildly off track when properly positioned because the hosts dominated the ball however struggled to search out the opening purpose.
The Champions League trophy continues to elude Sam Kerr. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
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Aitana Bonmati confirmed improbable footwork within the space however couldn’t discover the online, as Barcelona gave the Blues a lesson in possession soccer however not ending.
Graham Hansen danced throughout the field early within the second half however had her path to purpose blocked as Jonatan Giraldez’s aspect continued to manage the match.
Eventually the Norwegian winger pounced after a fantastic burst downfield by Bonmati, who performed in Graham Hansen to complete clinically.
Chelsea conjured an on the spot response when Erin Cuthbert received the ball with a robust deal with on Mariona Caldentey, permitting Melanie Leupolz to launch Kerr.
Barcelona goalkeeper Sandra Panos thwarted the Australian striker however Reiten was readily available to complete because the ball bounced her approach.
Panos fielded a swerving Cuthbert drive from distance as Chelsea sought a purpose to pressure extra-time, with Emma Hayes’ aspect lastly on prime.
Barcelona sought to kill the tie on the break and substitute Salma Paralluelo got here shut with a low strike tipped away by Ann-Katrin Berger.
Brazilian striker Geyse missed a very good alternative for Barcelona in stoppage time because the hosts saved Chelsea at bay and celebrated wildly with their followers at full-time.
Barcelona will face both Arsenal or Wolfsburg within the last in Eindhoven on June 3.
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