Barça Women have made history. For the first time, they will be in the final of the UEFA Women’s Champions League, after beating Bayern Munich in the semifinal of the competition. A huge crowd of 12,764 people, a Club record for a women’s home match, watched the game at the Miniestadi.
A penalty from Mariona in added time at the end of the first half ensured Barça’s presence in Budapest, but they’ll be without Hamraoui, who was sent off in the second half for two yellow card offences.
Bayern had the first chance with a shot from Škorvánková, however, as the half wore on, Lluís Cortés’ side imposed their style to take control. In the 18th minute, Martens enjoyed the first clear opportunity for the hosts, but, in the 31st, Barça almost went behind.
A warning from Bayern
After a corner, Leupolz, the Bavarian captain, struck a superb shot that rattled the woodwork. That warning was heeded with Barça’s quality shining through again. After two very clear chances from Hamraoui and Marta T., Lieke Martens won a penalty after a foul from Gina Lewandowski. Mariona made no mistake from the spot to give Barça Women the half-time lead (min 45 1-0).
The second half started with problems for Barça, Däbritz going close. You could feel the tension rising, and when Hamraoui was sent off, this only increased. Sandra Paños then pulled off a match-winning save, flying high to her left to push Däbritz’s header onto the post and out of danger.
Suffering with reward
The German team took a step forward in the last few minutes, but left spaces at the back. However, neither Mariona nor Andressa Alves were able to beat Benkarth again. The stoic resistance of the hosts defence paid off, and it’s they who will be in Budapest in search of the greatest challenge in their history: lifting the women’s Champions League.