Chelsea have been knocked out of the Women’s Champions League by Barcelona despite an impressive draw at the Nou Camp in the second leg of their semi-final tie.
Emma Hayes’ side, thrashed by Barca in the final two years ago, knew they had to score in Spain to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit.
Facing a side who had won their last 19 home games in Europe, Chelsea’s task became harder when Caroline Graham Hansen slotted in the opener after a devastating counter-attack in the 63rd minute.
But the Blues responded four minutes later – while the majority of the more than 70,000 fans inside Nou Camp were still celebrating – when Guro Reiten coolly struck home after Sam Kerr’s smart run in behind.
Chelsea pushed for the winner as they still trailed on aggregate but it never came as Barcelona confirmed their place in the final for a third successive year.
It ends Chelsea’s pursuit of a Treble but they remain firmly in the Women’s Super League title race and will compete with Manchester United for the Women’s FA Cup.
More to follow.
- 8TorrejónSubstituted forCrnogorcevicat 73′minutes
- 4León Cebrián
- 14BonmatíSubstituted forda Silva Ferreiraat 84′minutes
- 21WalshSubstituted forEngenat 60′minutes
- 12Guijarro Gutiérrez
- 20OshoalaSubstituted forParallueloat 60′minutes
- 9Caldentey Oliver
- 5Fernández Velasco
- 13Coll Lluch
- 18da Silva Ferreira
- 30López Serrano
- 15PérissetSubstituted forRytting Kanerydat 82′minutes
- 17FlemingSubstituted forHarderat 76′minutes
- 22CuthbertBooked at 90mins
- 11ReitenBooked at 18minsSubstituted forJamesat 76′minutes
- 19Rytting Kaneryd
Match ends, Barcelona Femenino 1, Chelsea Women 1.
Second Half ends, Barcelona Femenino 1, Chelsea Women 1.
Attempt saved. Mariona Caldentey (Barcelona Femenino) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Geyse Ferreira.
Corner, Barcelona Femenino. Conceded by Jess Carter.
Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (Barcelona Femenino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women).
Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) is shown the yellow card.
Offside, Barcelona Femenino. Fridolina Rolfö tries a through ball, but Geyse Ferreira is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Lauren James (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sam Kerr.
Substitution, Barcelona Femenino. Geyse Ferreira replaces Aitana Bonmatí.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Johanna Rytting Kaneryd replaces Ève Périsset.
Delay in match because of an injury Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona Femenino).
Attempt saved. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ève Périsset.
Corner, Barcelona Femenino. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.
Caroline Hansen (Barcelona Femenino) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women).
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Lauren James replaces Guro Reiten.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Pernille Harder replaces Jessie Fleming.
Attempt blocked. Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Guro Reiten.