Chelsea lost the Women’s Champions League final after being beaten 4-0 by Barcelona.
The Spanish team took the lead after just 33 seconds when Melanie Leupolz scored an own goal – a clearance ricocheted off the Blues midfielder and into the net.
Barca’s Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen also got the scoresheet in the first half as Chelsea were outclassed.
Putellas scored from the penalty spot in the 14th minute after Leupolz fouled Jenni Hermoso in the box.
Seven minutes later, Bonmati recovered a pass from Putellas in front of goal and shot past goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger.
Lieke Martens scored the fourth goal, dribbling down the left side and passing to Caroline Graham Hansen.
She blew it up in the net at close range in the 36th minute at an empty Gamla Ullevi stadium in Gothenberg, Sweden.
It was Barcelona’s first Women’s Champions League title – they had previously lost the final to Lyon 4-1 in 2019.
Barca are the first Spanish team to win Europe’s best club competition, recently dominated by seven-time champion Lyon.
Chelsea were the first English team to reach the final since 2007, when Arsenal won the competition.
The Blues have won the Women’s Super League title and the League Cup this season and are still in the FA Cup.
But Sunday’s loss added to a gloomy weekend for the West London club as a whole, with the men losing to Leicester in the FA Cup final a little more than 24 hours before.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-16 21:23:00