Barcelona advanced to the Women’s Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday by smashing Roma 5-1, while Arsenal overcame a deficit to defeat Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Emirates and advance to the semifinals 2-1 on aggregate.
competition favorites Last week, in the Italian city, Barcelona had been restricted to a slim 1-0 lead.
But in front of 55,000 spectators at the Camp Nou, the runners-up from the previous season quickly took a 3-0 lead before halftime.
After Mapi Leon’s amazing long-range attempt in the first half, Swedish international Fridolina Rolfo scored twice.
On March 29, 2023, during the second leg of FC Barcelona vs. AS Roma’s UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinal match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala of Barcelona celebrates scoring her team’s third goal. (Image credit: LLUIS GENE / AFP)
After the half, Asisat Oshoala scored close-range and Patri Guijarro headed in the fifth goal from a corner.
Roma was able to draw even with Barcelona, who have won all of their games in the Spanish league and have only lost once all season, to Bayern in the group stage. Annamaria Serturini did this for Roma.
Barcelona has now advanced to the semifinals five times in a row and will play either Chelsea or the reigning champions Lyon in the final four.
Barcelona’s head coach Jonatan Giraldez declared, “We can’t disguise that our objectives are at the top.
Although playing the second leg at home gives us a sense of strength, the Olympics (Lyon) and Chelsea are the greatest in Europe, so it will be challenging.
- Arsenal defeat In front of a record-breaking crowd of over 20,000 spectators for a Women’s Champions League game in England, Bayern – Arsenal overcame a 1-0 first-leg loss to advance to the last four for the first time in ten years.
Even without injured star attackers Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead, Arsenal dominated Bayern in the opening period.
On March 29, 2023, at the Arsenal Stadium in London, during the second leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinal between Arsenal and Bayern Munich, Swedish forward Stina Blackstenius celebrates after scoring her team’s second goal. (Image courtesy of Justin Talis/AFP)
On the 20th minute, Frida Maanum equalized the score with a powerful shot that smacked off the underside of the crossbar.
Stina Blackstenius had the easy chore of capping off an excellent team play with a header into an open goal from Katie McCabe’s cross moments later, giving Arsenal the lead.
The only reason there was a tense conclusion was because of some wasted finishing on Jonas Eidevall’s end.
Excellent opportunities to increase the lead were wasted by Leah Williamson and Caitlin Foord, while Lotte Wubben-Moy struck the crossbar.
Arsenal persevered, however, to prolong Bayern’s wait for the championship.
Chelsea, the defending English champions, retain the advantage going into Thursday’s thrilling quarterfinal matchup after defeating Lyon 1-0 in the first leg.
In the other quarterfinal, Wolfsburg leads Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 with the second leg to be played in Germany.