Oshoala makes Women’s Champions League history

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History was created on Sunday evening in Gothenburg, Sweden as Nigeria star Asisat Oshoala became the first African player to win the Uefa Women’s Champions League title.

Oshoala, a four-time Africa Women’s Football of the Year winner was part of the Barcelona team that put on an impressive performance to thrash Chelsea 4-0 to clinch the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history.

In 2019, she became the first African to score in a Women’s Champions League final as Lyon beat Barcelona 4-1.

Barcelona got off to the best possible start when Lieke Martens hit the crossbar and Fran Kirby’s attempted clearance bounced off Chelsea midfielder Melanie Leupolz before spinning into the net in the opening minute.

Chelsea struggled to deal with Barca’s punishing press and they went 2-0 behind in the 14th minute when Leupolz was penalised for fouling Jennifer Hermoso in the box, and Alexia Putellas made no mistake from the spot.

Bonmati made it 3-0 seven minutes later, rounding off a superb passing move from a Barca throw-in with a confident left-foot finish.

That discussion failed to resolve their defensive woes as Lieke Martens skipped past Niamh Charles on the left wing and centred for Norwegian winger Caroline Graham Hansen to steer home a fourth in the 36th minute.

Chelsea’s switch to a more direct style produced an improvement in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Catalan club from coasting to victory.

By FARPost Reporter

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