Barcelona confirmed they aren’t going to surrender their European crown simply as they fully dismantled Arsenal to the tune of a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night time.
The early levels had been fully dominated by Barça, who managed possession and turned that into loads of good probabilities. It was only a matter of time earlier than the hosts scored, and it was the wonderful Mariona Caldentey who did precisely that on the half-hour mark as she tapped residence from a rebounded shot.
Alexia Putellas made it two simply earlier than half-time, ending off a superb run from Asisat Oshoala to offer the reigning champions an imposing lead on the interval.
The third objective got here inside minutes of the second half starting. Oshoala received the objective she deserved as she buried a one-on-one with actual composure.
A triple change to their ahead line noticed Arsenal wrestle some management of the sport and after almost grabbing an equaliser via Caitlin Foord, they did get one from Frida Manuum, who bundled residence from a Tobin Heath free kick.
Nonetheless, to finish all hope of a comeback, Lieke Martens grabbed a fourth for the hosts with a wonderful chip with seven minutes to go, however Putellas missed the possibility to make it 5 as her stoppage-time penalty was turned away by Manuela Zinsberger.
Sandra Panos (GK) – 6/10 – Her days off will not be as uneventful as this.
Marta Torrejon (RB) – 8/10 – Some unreal motion down the appropriate. Performed loads of glorious passes to maintain her facet on high.
Irene Paredes (CB) – 7/10 – A really quiet night however did every thing wanted of her. Composed passing and swept up any hazard despatched her means.
Mapi Leon (CB) – 6/10 – Routine stuff from Mapi. Did nothing particular however did not must.
Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (LB) – 6/10 – Did properly in assault however felt slightly shaky each time Mead received at her on the again.
Aitana Bonmati (CM) – 9/10 – Completely all over the place. Suffocated Arsenal each time they received on the ball, and was completely relentless together with her looking out passes.
Patricia Guijarro (CM) – 8/10 – A really clever efficiency on the base of Barcelona’s midfield. Completely happy to drive forwards, move the ball or sit deep. Learn the state of affairs completely.
Alexia Putellas (CM) – 9/10 – There is a motive she gained the UEFA Participant of the Yr award. On a completely completely different stage as she charged ahead and sprayed excellent passes throughout the sphere.
Caroline Graham Hansen (RW) – 8/10 – Triggered issues simply together with her mere presence, which terrified Arsenal. Made some wonderful runs and her link-up play was scary at instances.
Asisat Oshoala (ST) – 9/10 – Some actually clever runs which noticed her create each objectives within the first half, and bagged her much-deserved strike after the break.
Mariona Caldentey (LW) – 9/10 – You may all the time inform she was going to attain the opener. Roamed throughout all the frontline and couldn’t be marked due to that. Unplayable.
Lieke Martens – 7/10 – Instantly earned some good probabilities and took her objective with actual composure.
Fridolina Rolfo – 6/10 – Psychological that she will be able to come on at left-back. Such ridiculous depth in assault.
Bruna Vilamala – N/A – Got here on too late to do something.
Manuela Zinsberger (GK) – 7/10 – Arsenal would have been thumped with out Zinsberger. Made some glorious saves to cease this being embarrassing. Nice penalty save.
Noelle Maritz (RB) – 3/10 – Could not get wherever close to Caldentey and simply appeared off the tempo all through.
Leah Williamson (CB) – 5/10 – Usually did properly however merely couldn’t sustain with Barcelona’s forwards. Some clever strikes and passes.
Jennifer Beattie (CB) – 4/10 – Just like Williamson. Some glorious blocks however actually struggled with Barcelona’s excessive press and fast motion.
Steph Catley (LB) – 3/10 – Overwhelmed by Hansen and Torrejon. Caught out by some very good passing and appeared like she was taking part in in opposition to 4 or 5 wingers directly.
Lia Walti (CM) – 4/10 – Clearly struggled with Barcelona’s press. Her passing abilities had been fully off as she misplaced what ought to have been pretty routine distributions.
Kim Little (CM) – 4/10 – Spent most of her time at right-back attempting to assist cope with Caldentey, however that left the midfield in disarray.
Frida Manuum (CM) – 5/10 – Handled Barcelona’s press higher than most and received herself on the scoresheet ultimately.
Beth Mead (RW) – 3/10 – Got here in slender seeking the ball however was far too remoted. Made it far too straightforward for Barcelona’s full-backs.
Vivianne Miedema (ST) – 4/10 – Did not do something flawed however barely had the possibility to do something anyway. Needed to keep excessive to try to get the ball however no one on her group might get to her.
Katie McCabe (LW) – 3/10 – Spent extra time working as a wing-back. No risk in assault in any respect.
Tobin Heath – 7/10 – Appeared actually harmful when she got here on. Some glorious balls into the field, together with for Manuum’s objective.
Nikita Parris – 6/10 – Added some much-needed vitality following her introduction.
Caitlin Foord – 6/10 – The quieter of the second string of forwards however nonetheless concerned in some good moments.
Jordan Nobbs – 7/10 – Gave some stability to the midfield and stopped the relentless strain from Barcelona.
Mana Iwabuchi – 6/10 – Did not actually get a lot time to do her factor.