Wolfsburg face Barcelona on Tuesday for a place in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final. The winner of this will have an appointment set with the winner of Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon on Sunday in San Sebastian. Each team achieved individual success on the return to the pitch, with Wolfsburg winning the German double in July and Barcelona defeating Spanish rival Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday’s game.
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 25 | Time2pm ET
Position: Anoeta – San Sebastian, Spain
Live broadcast: CBS All-Access
Wolfsburg: The German side worked quickly to the quarter-finals as they advanced to the semi-finals by defeating Glasgow City 9-1. Their best striker, Pernille Harder, came out with four goals on the same day, scoring two in each half. Harder impressed with long-range and header goals, while Norway international Ingrid Syrstad Engen added two of her own and Felicitas Rauch also made it to the scoresheet. The team will face much stiffer opposition when Wolfsburg line up against Barcelona, and will likely be forced to fight for possession, unlike in the quarter-finals.
Barcelona: The runners-up of 2019 faced a tactical battle in the quarter-finals against Atletico Madrid. Despite a severely reorganized roster from Madrid due to positive cases of COVID-19 among key players, Barcelona have been challenged by Madrid’s overall organization and defensive form. A combination of dangerous looks and lack of refinement saw the Catalan side needing until the 80th minute to break through on goal. A clever bicycle attempt by Asisat Oshoala caused enough chaos in the area for midfielder Kheira Hamraoui to hit the ball in the back of the net. Barcelona will have to do more with their chances at the start of the match against a Wolfsburg team that is performing their finish.
Barcelona will do more with their chances, but Wolfsburg will continue their offensive push and pull out the victory.
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