Barcelona have not conceded three goals in a match since losing 4-1 to Lyon in the 2019 Champions League final.
Manchester City are on the verge of elimination from the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League after a shock defeat in their first knockout match against Barcelona.
Asisat Oshoala opened the scoring in the 35th minute. The goal fell in the 29th minute after Demi Stokes tripped Oshoala and Barca’s Mariona Caldentey converted a second penalty.
City’s Chloe Kelly missed a great chance to reduce the deficit after her 55th minute penalty kick. Minutes were kept.
Jenny Hermoso scored for the third time after Alexia Putellas hit the post.
Gareth Taylor’s side need to score at least three goals in their next home game at the Academy Stadium in Manchester on Wednesday (4pm BST) to avoid relegation.
I don’t think it’s a difficult task, Taylor told Sport. I think we can turn this around. It’s within reach.
The way this team has played this season and the goals we have scored, I think we can do it, no problem.
City suffers without Captain Houghton
England centre-back Steph Houghton suffered a hamstring injury in the first half. City had defensive problems and goalkeeper Ally Ruback kept England in the game in the first half.
Rebek was at her best when she saved a shot from Oshoala, and she also made wonderful saves on Aitana Bonmati and Putellas just before the break.
Barcelona were well in the game in the first half after Oshoala’s first goal, but City created some chances through counter-attacks.
Chloe Kelly’s second penalty kick is saved by Barcelona goalkeeper Sandra Panos.
Caroline Weir tamed the Bark goalie, Sandra Panos, Kelly and Ellen White missed the target from chance positions.
Towns’ coach Taylor will be wondering what would have happened if Kelly had scored the decisive goal to make it 2-1 after Lauren Hemp was brought down in the box.
Barca Diamond Tactical
Spanish champions Barcelona have won all 20 league games this year, scoring 99 goals and conceding only three.
The 2019 Champions League finalist showed his experience of knockout football by repeatedly forcing City’s defenders into mistakes with devastating pressing.
A free kick intercepted by Caldentej and a late goal from Hermoso ensured Barcelona’s star men reached the semi-finals for the fourth time in five seasons.
City’s turnaround seems unlikely given that Barcelona have not conceded three or more goals in a game since their 4-1 loss to Lyon in the 2019 Champions League final.
We need to be better at both subjects
Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor: I think there was a chance. There is no doubt that they limited the chances they created, but we certainly had many good chances.
Normally we would have put them away and I think the result could have been different, but for me it’s always a break and we are able to score so many goals to get past them. That’s something we’ll work on for next week’s game.
On a free throw from Miss Chloe Kelly: I think a goal at any point would have changed the game, because away goals are very important.
It was a good opportunity. Chloe [Kelly] has done a great job for us this season taking penalty kicks for us and will continue to do so.
It’s not just the penalties, it’s the good chances we got and, given our form, it’s disappointing not to score.
But I want to make sure we don’t give away as many chances as we did in this game today. Barcelona are a very good team, but we need to improve on both fronts.
frequently asked questions
Who eliminated Barcelona in the Champions League?
Bayern Munich crushes Barcelona, Catalans eliminated from Champions League in humiliating battle Bayern Munich crushed Barcelona 8-2 on Friday night, eliminating them from the Champions League in humiliating fashion.
Why has Manchester City been knocked out of the Champions League?
Manchester City’s exclusion from the Champions League has been overturned by the sport’s arbitration panel. UEFA’s arbitration panel has overturned Manchester City’s two-year suspension from the Champions League for a serious breach of UEFA’s financial fair play rules. The fine was reduced from EUR 30 million to EUR 10 million.
Banning the Champions League in Manchester?
The club, one of the richest teams in the world, risks a two-year exclusion from Europe’s most important football tournament. His victory is a blow to the credibility of UEFA’s cost control rules.
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