Barcelona on their way to the Champions League final after getting past Chelsea

Barcelona Femeni were able to mount a comeback and beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona: Semi-final Second Leg - UEFA Women's Champions League
Chelsea FC v FC Barcelona: Semi-final Second Leg - UEFA Women's Champions League / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

For the fourth consecutive season, Barcelona will play in the Champions League. This after the Catalan side beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, overcoming a 1-0 defeat in the first leg.

Barcelona knew they could not afford a repeat performance from the first leg. Manager Jonatan Giraldez made one switch from last week, opting to start Lucy Bronze at right-back, which meant Ona Battle started at left-back with Fridolina Rolfo playing on the left wing. Mariona Caldentey was the player sacrificed.

Knowing they needed a goal, Barcelona started out on the front foot, keeping most of the possession and trying to find a way to penetrate the Chelsea defense. While Chelsea stood firm, early on, the display was much better with crisper passing and control from Barcelona.

The breakthrough the reigning European champions were looking for came in the the 25th minute. Patri Guijarro spotted Aitana Bonmati and delivered the pass, Bonmati tried to set herself up for the shot and did so. Her shot took a deflection as the ball went past the outstretched arm of Hannah Hampton.

The goal woke Chelsea up a bit with Catarina Macario volleying one from just outside the edge of the box, forcing Cata Coll to make a huge save.

The controversial, and game changing, moment came in the 59th minute. Already on a yellow, Kadeisha Buchanan was given a second yellow after a foul on Guijarro and was sent off. While there was contact, a second yellow did appear to be harsh.

Up a player, it seemed inevitable that Barcelona would get a second. Again, the Chelsea defense was able to withstand the pressure. But Barcelona once again broke through in the 73rd minute as Barcelona were awarded a penalty after a foul on Bonmati.

Rolfo stepped up to take the penalty and converted, putting Barcelona 2-0 up on the night, and 2-1 on aggregate.

Down a player and down a goal late, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes threw everything out there, making a triple substitution, bringing on Ève Périsset, Fran Kirby and Millie Bright.

With plenty of space going forward, Barcelona tried for a third goal that would once and for all end the tie. But whether it was a poor final ball or poor decision making, they were unable to kill the game off. The substitutions did spur Chelsea on a bit as they went for it in stoppage time.

But Barcelona held firm in possession and with some gamesmanship of their own. Chelsea's last effort ended up in a cross straight to Cata Coll. Before Coll could put the ball back in play, the referee blew the whistle, confirming Barcelona's win.


The win puts Barcelona through to the Champions League final in Bilbao. Their fourth consecutive Women's Champions League final where they await the winner between Lyon and PSG.