Chelsea 0-2 Barcelona (1-2 on agg): Player ratings as Barca reach Women’s Champions League final

Barcelona overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to reach the Women’s Champions League final at the expense of Chelsea.

A club-record crowd watched on as Emma Hayes’ final game at Stamford Bridge ended in agonising defeat, with the ten-player Blues falling to the reigning champions.

Barca will look to retain their crown against either Paris Saint-Germain or Olympique Lyonnais in next month’s final in Bilbao.

How the game unfolded

Hannah Hampton was brought into her first save of the evening when Chelsea failed to deal with a Barcelona corner and Caroline Graham Hansen was able to let fly from just inside the box, with the England goalkeeper getting down low to deny her at the near post.

Midway through the first half, Barcelona levelled the tie on aggregate. Patri Guijarro threaded a pass through to Aitana Bonmati, who shifted away from Niamh Charles and picked out the bottom corner via a deflection off the legs of Kadeisha Buchanan.

Barcelona nearly went ahead in the tie when Bonmati’s back-heel found Graham Hansen running down the wing, and Erin Cuthbert had to be alert to stop the ball reaching Salma Paralluelo who was waiting to tap home.

The hosts should have found the net themselves when Lauren James’ low cross rolled into the path of Melanie Leupolz, whose effort from six yards clanked off the top of the crossbar. Though the offside flag was raised, replays suggested James may have been onside when picked out by Catarina Macario.

Cata Coll produced a fine stretching save to keep out a half-volley from Macario moments later as Chelsea sought to retake the lead.

Another Chelsea chance went begging when Irene Paredes’ back pass was woefully under-hit and intercepted by Sjoeke Nusken, but her pull-back just evaded James and Barca got away with one.

After the break, Nusken rattled the post after a sweeping Chelsea move. James pirouetted her way through midfield and switched play for Ashley Lawrence, and her cross was met by Nusken, only for her effort to trickle wide via the upright.

Just as Chelsea seemed to be ramping the pressure back up again, they were reduced to ten players after Buchanan picked up her second booking for a challenge on the top of Guijarro’s foot where she appeared to take the ball first. As this was a second yellow card and not a straight red, the decision couldn’t be reviewed by VAR.

Salma Paralluelo headed just over shortly after Buchanan’s dismissal and Ona Batlle brought a low save out of Hampton, while Johanna Rytting Kaneryd tested Coll at the other end.

With just under 20 minutes remaining, Barcelona were awarded a penalty. Bonmati was knocked by Jess Carter into the legs of Lawrence and fell to the floor, and the on-field decision was allowed to stand following a lengthy VAR check. Fridolina Rolfo stepped up and slotted home to put Barca ahead on aggregate.

Chelsea tried to rally and summon a goal to send the tie to extra-time but their efforts proved futile and Barcelona held on.

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Hampton kept Chelsea in the tie / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

GK: Hannah Hampton – 7/10 – Made some decent saves and helped alleviate pressure with her impressive kicking skills.

CB: Jess Carter – 6/10 – For the most part defended well and with confidence, but it was her light shove into Bonmati that led to the world’s best player colliding with Lawrence and earning a penalty.

CB: Kadeisha Buchanan – 4/10 – Unfortunate that a deflection off her led to Barcelona’s tie-leveller and probably shouldn’t have received a second booking for her challenge on Guijarro. Nevertheless, both actions changed the game.

CB: Niamh Charles – 5/10 – Couldn’t deal with the trickery and agility of Barcelona’s midfield and frontline.

RM: Johanna Rytting Kaneryd – 6/10 – Got up and down the right flank with her emboldening energy much to Barcelona’s annoyance.

CM: Erin Cuthbert – 6/10 – Another Chelsea player who didn’t stop running and fought for every inch. Couldn’t quite replicate her goal-scoring heroics of the first leg.

CM: Melanie Leupolz – 5/10 – Taken for a spin in the midfield battle but you couldn’t fault her commitment or attitude.

CM: Sjoeke Nusken – 6/10 – Dropped into the back three after Buchanan’s red card having spent much of the game crashing into Barcelona’s box.

LM: Ashley Lawrence – 6/10 – Troubled the visitors with her ghosting runs down the left and excellent delivery from crosses.

CF: Lauren James – 6/10 – Slowed play down by dropping into midfield and looking to beat Barcelona defenders one by one.

CF: Catarina Macario – 5/10 – Couldn’t get involved in the game enough even when Chelsea were in the ascendancy. James proved to be the focal point instead.


SUB: Guro Reiten (63′ for Macario) – 6/10

SUB: Aggie Beever-Jones (76′ for Leupolz) – 6/10

SUB: Millie Bright (84′ for Rytting Kaneryd) – 5/10

SUB: Fran Kirby (84′ for James) – 5/10

SUB: Eve Perisset (84′ for Lawrence) – 5/10

Subs not used: Zecira Musovic (GK), Sophie Ingle, Maren Mjelde, Jelena Cankovic, Nathalie Bjorn


Emma Hayes – 6/10 – Chelsea played admirably and were hard done by with some decisions but ultimately lacked that killer edge to speed away from Barcelona.


Bonmati and Rolfo provided Barcelona’s goals / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

GK: Cata Coll – 7/10 – Like Hampton did herself justice with a string of fine saves. Also exceeded when Chelsea tried to drop crosses and corners on her head.

RB: Lucy Bronze – 7/10 – Brought in for some much-needed experience and fulfilled that quota. Barcelona were much calmer for her presence.

CB: Irene Paredes – 6/10 – Fortunate that a back-pass to Coll wasn’t punished by Chelsea. Otherwise endured a quiet game.

CB: Ingrid Engen – 6/10 – Filled in well at centre-back and was barely troubled in dangerous areas by Chelsea’s attackers.

LB: Ona Batlle – 6/10 – Tucked inside onto her natural right foot in attack and helped Barcelona defend narrower going the other way.

CM: Keira Walsh – 7/10 – Sat at the base of midfield dictating the tempo that Chelsea tried so desperately to slow down.

CM: Patri Guijarro – 8/10 – Came up with the assist that started Barcelona’s comeback. Brought that extra bit of ingenuity which her side missed in the first leg.

CM: Aitana Bonmati – 8/10 – You could take away her goal and winning of the penalty and still see that Bonmati was the best player on the pitch. Those contributions proved to be winning bonuses.

RW: Caroline Graham Hansen – 7/10 – Showed flashes of her brilliance though didn’t trouble Chelsea for extended periods.

CF: Salma Paralluelo – 6/10 – Didn’t hold the ball up well enough against Chelsea’s physically imposing back three, though did have more luck running in behind even if she didn’t provide any goals herself.

LW: Fridolina Rolfo – 7/10 – Like Graham Hansen was made to work for space to operate on the wing. Converted the crucial penalty to send Barcelona into the final.


SUB: Mariona Caldentey (67′ for Batlle) – 6/10

SUB: Claudia Pina (86′ for Graham Hansen) – 6/10

SUB: Alexia Putellas (90′ for Bonmati) – N/A

Subs not used: Sandra Panos (GK), Gemma Font (GK), Jana Fernandez, Marta Torrejon, Bruna Vilamala, Esmee Brugts, Vicky Lopez, Martina Fernandez


Jonatan Giraldez – 7/10 – Barcelona weren’t at their best but they got the job done and will have a chance to defend their title in Bilbao.

Player of the match – Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)

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Bonmati was excellent / Catherine Ivill – AMA/GettyImages

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