Barcelona 3-0 Manchester City
Manchester City suffered its worst-ever defeat in its UEFA Women’s Champions League history, falling to Barcelona 3-0 at Brianteo Stadium in Monza, Italy. The Cityzens were on a 10-league-game winning streak before their loss at the hands of Barcelona.
On the other hand, Barca Femeni remains undefeated in league and UWCL play, with 25 wins and a +114-goal differential. Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala opened the scoring in the first half, followed by a penalty conversion by Spain’s Mariona Caldentey early in the second half. Thirty-year-old forward Jennifer Hermoso sealed the deal with a goal in the dying minutes of the game, making her the top scorer of the UWCL knockout phase with five goals.
Full time in Leg 1 of the UEFA Women's Champions League quarterfinal:— The Equalizer (@EqualizerSoccer) March 24, 2021
Barcelona 3, Manchester City 0
Barca dominate to take a major advantage into next week. This Asisat Oshoala opened the scoring, and Barca never looked back. #UWCL pic.twitter.com/mz5nFQtpaH
The two will meet again on Wednesday, March 31, at 11 a.m. ET at Manchester City Academy Stadium to play their second leg. The Sky Blue will have to deal the Blaugranes a huge blow at home to qualify to the semifinals. No team has scored more than one goal against Barcelona this season.
Chelsea 2-1 VfL Wolfsburg
German powerhouse Wolfsburg fell to Chelsea 2-1 despite outshooting the Blues 22 shots to six. Emma Hayes’ Chelsea only had three shots on goal and converted two in the second half via forwards Sam Kerr and ex She-Wolf Pernille Harder to secure the win. Hayes hailed goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger as the best goalkeeper in the world after a heroic performance that proved to be key in Chelsea’s first-leg victory.
As for the German side, Wolfsburg was the better team on the pitch on Wednesday. The uprights, Berger and Blues defenders stopped the She-Wolves from scoring what could have been at least five goals before Kerr’s opening goal. Head coach Stephan Lerch’s players performed up to the highest standard and will look to replicate their high-attacking efforts next week.
Wolfsburg and Chelsea will meet again at Ferenc Szusza Stadium in Budapest on Wednesday, March 31, at 8 a.m. ET to play their second leg.
Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Olympique Lyonnais
Lyon asserted their dominance over PSG in UWCL play in Le Classique Feminine on Wednesday with a 1-0 away win at Parc des Princes. The game was as tight as anyone expected, but a controversial penalty call ended up separating the two French rivals. Lyon’s designated penalty taker Wendie Renard converted from the penalty spot in the 86th minute to give her team the first leg away win.
Formiga handball in the box, penalty to Lyon pic.twitter.com/NimmCAkGtm— Hedonist (@The_Hedonist_6) March 24, 2021
PSG and Lyon will meet again on Wednesday, March 31, at 12:30 p.m. ET in Lyon to play their second leg. A couple of goals and a clean sheet would be enough for PSG to knock out its rivals in the quarterfinals.
Bayern Munich 3-0 Rosengard
Bayern dominated Swedish side Rosengard in the first leg of the quarterfinal tie. Goals from Linda Dallmann, Klara Buhl and Lineth Beerensteyn separated the two sides.
Rosengard will host Bayern Munich in Malmo on Thursday, April 1, at 1 p.m. ET for the second leg.