By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons captain, Asisat Oshoala and her Spanish Primera Division Women’s side, FC Barcelona have emerged as 2020/2021 UEFA Women’s Champions League winners after a 4-0 victory over English Women’s Super League side, Chelsea in the final on Sunday in Gutherburg, Sweden.
As early as the first minute of the final, FC Barcelona scored the opening goal. The Catalan hit the bar with a drive from the edge of the box as the ball went into the back of the net off an unfortunate rebound by Chelsea’s Melanie Leupolz.
In the 14th minute, FC Barcelona doubled their lead from the penalty spot after a foul on Jenni Hermoso.
Barcelona’s skipper, Alexia Putellas played the resulting penalty through the middle of the net to leave Ann-Katrin Berger without hope. The penalty came from a driving run down the right which saw Caroline Graham Hansen brushing aside Jess Carter and cut in back to Jenni Hermoso who was blocked off.
Eight minutes later in the 22nd minute, FC Barcelona extended their lead to three.
Lieke Martens wriggled her way down the left and played the ball into the edge of the box which brings Jenni Hermoso out. A laser-guides pass through the lines tracks the superb late dart of Aitana Bonmati who draws Ann-Katrin Berger and rolled the ball into the net.
FC Barcelona finished the game with their fourth goal in the 36th minute. The Spanish side flicked on the turbo and sweeps the ball out to Lieke Martens. The Dutch winger heads for the box, struggled off the tussle from Niamh Charles, and from the byline squares it for Graham Hansen to tap into an empty net.
Asisat Oshoala who didn’t start the game replaced Jenni Hermoso in the 71st minute. She put the ball at the back of the net in the 92nd minute but she was offside and it wasn’t till she touched the ball that the flag went up.
Oshoala at the end of the day became the first African player to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League trophy with FC Barcelona.
FC Barcelona also emerged as the first Spanish Primera Division Women’s side to win the trophy.
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