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Barcelona 0-1 Chelsea

Chelsea hand Barcelona's first home defeat since 2019

2024/04/20 15:23

Chelsea delivered a remarkable display at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, securing a 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their Women's Champions League semi-final and handing the Spanish side their first home defeat since February 2019.

Despite Barcelona's dominance in possession, they struggled to create clear chances until the 16th minute when Aitana Bonmati initiated a promising attack.

Chelsea's confidence grew as the first half progressed, culminating in a goal just before half-time.

Sjoeke Nusken set up skipper Erin Cuthbert inside the box, and the Scottish international expertly found the net past Catalina Coll.

The hosts pushed hard in the second half and thought they had earned a penalty early on, but VAR intervened, ruling out the decision due to offside interference.

The Blues also felt they were denied a penalty, but VAR disagreed after Irene Paredes' challenge on Mayra Ramirez.

Despite Barcelona's relentless pressure, Chelsea's defence remained solid.

In stoppage time, Alexia Putellas missed Barcelona's best chance, failing to convert from close range. 

This win means Emma Hayes' side will take a vital advantage back to London where they take on the reigning European champions in the second leg at Stamford Bridge on 27 April.



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2024-04-20 17h38m by edavidson
Wow, what a performance from Chelsea! As a fan, I couldn't be more proud. The team showed determination and skill against a tough opponent. And that goal from Cuthbert, pure class.
2024-04-20 17h12m by lhalliday_bart
Wow, what a game! Chelsea definitely showed up and deserved that win. Can't wait for the second leg.
2024-04-20 16h36m by sjacksons_9_2_1
As a Chelsea fan, I have to admit that was an incredible performance by the Blues! They showed great confidence and skill on the field, and securing a win against Barcelona on their home turf is no easy feat. Erin Cuthbert's goal was a thing of beauty, and the team remained strong even when VAR decisions didn't go our way. Bring on the second leg!
2024-04-20 16h11m by ocollinsworth
Great performance from Chelsea! They really showed their strength and determination against a tough Barcelona side. The goal just before half-time was crucial and showed their ability to capitalize on opportunities. VAR may have denied us a penalty, but the team never gave up and secured the win.
2024-04-20 15h56m by nlawson12
Wow, what a game! Chelsea definitely showed their strength and skill against Barcelona. So proud of our ladies for securing a 1-0 victory in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final. And to do it at Barcelona's home stadium Incredible!
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