In a remarkable manner, Barcelona commenced their journey in the UEFA Women’s Champions League with an impressive 5-0 triumph against Benfica. Prior to the match at Estadi Johan Cruyff, the team proudly exhibited their recently acquired Ballon d’Or women’s team of the season award to the enthusiastic supporters.
Although facing an initial challenge from Jessica Silva, the reigning European champions swiftly regained their composure and established their dominance. Within the first 15 minutes, Alexia Putellas initiated the scoring by skillfully redirecting Caroline Graham Hansen’s shot into the net with her head. Nevertheless, Putellas seemed to sustain an injury while celebrating the goal and had to be replaced.
Barcelona maintained control over the match and Esmee Brugts extended their advantage with a header from a cross by María Pilar Leon. Putellas, who was later substituted because of her injury, scored her second goal of the evening before halftime, courtesy of a brilliant cross from Graham Hansen. Just before the end of the first half, Aitana Bonmati added a fourth goal by forcefully striking the ball past the goalkeeper. Bonmati maintained her remarkable display in the latter half, netting her second goal of the evening with an additional contribution from Graham Hansen. Asisat Oshoala secured the win with a breathtaking overhead kick in the 60th minute, resulting in a 5-0 lead for Barcelona.
In a separate game, Lyon showcased their superiority by overpowering Slavia Prague with a resounding 9-0 victory. Sara Dabritz initiated the scoring within the initial three minutes, followed by goals from Danielle van de Donk, Vanessa Gilles, Eugenie Le Sommer, and Kadidiatou Diani. Ada Hegerberg also made her mark on the scoreboard by converting a penalty, while Gilles notched her second goal of the evening.
Eintracht Frankfurt emerged victorious with a 2-1 win against Rosengard, thanks to goals from Tanja Pawollek and Barbara Dunst. Despite letting in a late goal, Frankfurt managed to maintain their lead and secure the victory.
Brann clinched a 2-1 win over St Polten, with Natasha Ansai finding the back of the net in the 79th minute to score the winning goal. In the game, Signe Gaupset and Maria Mikolajova also managed to score goals.
Looking forward, there is an eagerly awaited encounter between Real Madrid and Chelsea scheduled for Wednesday. The highly anticipated match will be aired live on TNT Sports, commencing at 20:00 UK time. Supporters have the option to subscribe to TNT Sports via different television providers such as discovery+, BT, EE, Sky, and Virgin Media.