Barcelona were eliminated in the semifinals of the Women’s Champions League by Wolfsburg, in a highly contested match in which the lack of aim took its toll on the Catalan team (1-0).
Lluis Cortés, culé coach, had already warned the day before that they had grown a lot in recent seasons and that the meeting would have nothing to do with the 2014 tie, which the Germans easily overcame.
The Barça star, the Norwegian forward Graham Hansen, would warn at the first minute that this Barça was serious. He dominated his rival for many moments in the first half, although the Germans are fast and dangerous on the counter and each loss of the Spanish brought suspense.
Hansen was the best of the first period, each ball he touched carried intention or danger, like a corner that Oshoala narrowly missed on the best Blaugrana occasion.
There could have been a penalty from Hendrick, but the women’s ‘Champions’ has no video refereeing, to the dismay of a Barcelona that also suffered in the rapid transitions of the German team, although they went to the changing rooms with even more confidence.
It looked good for a Barça that increased their illusions with a good start in the second half, but, perhaps because the semifinal weighed a lot or due to inactivity, neither Graham Hansen nor Jenny were fine and the German punishment arrived.
Wolfsburg had given some warnings and bit in the 58th minute, in a play that lacked greater Barça forcefulness, which allowed Rolfö to resolve after several rejections in the area.
The German team, physically strong, had the crash where it wanted and Lluis Cortés’s players had to look for a draw that could come from Mariona’s boots.
Wolfsburg is a rock and endured until the end the onslaught of a Barcelona that falls eliminated with the feeling that the result could have been different with a bit of success in the multiple opportunities available.