Barcelona vs Chelsea – Football Match Report – April 27, 2023 – ESPN – ESPN

Barcelona reached the Champions League final for the fourth time in five years after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Camp Nou on Spotify on Thursday.

Caroline Graham Hansen, who scored the winner in last weekend’s semi-final first leg, broke the deadlock after the break, but Guro Reiten’s 67th-minute equalizer set up a nervy finale.

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But Barca — who beat Chelsea 4-0 in the 2021 final — reached their third consecutive final in front of a crowd of just 72,000 and set up a meeting with Arsenal or Wolfsburg in Eindhoven. June.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes praised her side’s performance, insisting that the tie was lost with a 1-0 defeat in the first leg.

“We are disappointed,” he said. “I don’t know many teams that come here as brave as us. You have to survive the first part of the game, there are huge crowds and an incredibly scary atmosphere.

“The players handled it well and got into the game. In the second half we dominated, yes they had changes, that’s normal, but I’m very proud of the players.

“I’m not disappointed. We’re not going because of the home tie. There’s nothing to come here. If there was more time in the game, I think we would have won it. They were panicking, you could hear it. The touch line. Even their manager was booked. They were not used to it.

“We’re out because we’ve conceded so much at home, there’s nothing to do here.”

However, Hayes’ Barcelona counterpart Jonathan Giraldez said his side deserved to win both games.

“A semi-final is both legs,” he said. “We were good in the first leg and I thought the result could have been bigger with the chances we created. And again I thought we were good today for most of the game.

“We didn’t take the openings we created in the first half. I don’t know how many chances we created in the first 60 or 70 minutes. After their goal, Chelsea were more aggressive and we had to compete, but I didn’t. The feeling they created Not even doing it.”

Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putelas was named in the Barca squad for the first time this season after recovering from an ACL injury, but he watched from the bench in the first half as his team-mates dominated from the start.

An early goal by Graham Hansen was disallowed for handball and Asisat Oshoala and Mariona Caldenti both had good chances over the bar as Barca failed to test visiting goalkeeper Anne-Katrin Berger despite controlling play.

Fridolina Rolfo then shot wide from distance as it looked like the second half would follow the same pattern.

However, Chelsea eventually came into the tie, putting more bodies forward before being caught on the break in the 63rd minute.

Caldenti’s knock down was picked up by Aitana Banmati, who stepped up to set up Graham Hansen. The Norway winger slotted home to open the scoring.

Chelsea’s response was immediate. Sam Kerr latched on to a ball over the top and was denied by Sandra Panos, but the ball fell to Reiten, who made no mistake from 10 yards, hammering into the roof of the net.

Kerr was then thwarted by an Irene Paredes block as the English side pushed for the goal that would have taken the tie into extra time, with Lauren James introduced looking for an extra spark in attack.

Barca also remained a threat. A late shot by substitute Salma Paraluello was tipped over by Berger as the board indicated four minutes of stoppage time.

There were no final chances for Chelsea though, and no minutes for Putelas, who will now focus his attention on the final and making amends for last season’s 3-1 loss to Lyon at the final hurdle.

“I talked to Alexia about the possible situation,” Giraldez added. “The game was open and high-tempo, so I didn’t want to take any risks. We’ll try to get him minutes on Sunday.”

Chelsea will turn their attention to domestic matters knowing that if they can win their games in hand, they will go top of the Women’s Super League. A second Champions League final will have to wait.

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