Chelsea fell to defeat against Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, as Arsenal had to dig deep to salvage a draw away at Wolfsburg.
In Chelsea’s game against the Catalonian giants, the Blues entered the game as the underdogs – Barcelona took advantage of this, scoring an early goal thanks to Caroline Graham Hansen.
Chelsea were second-best throughout the 90 minutes, but they put forth a spirited effort nonetheless. They were on the back foot for the majority of the match, as they scrambled to contain Barcelona’s crisp passing play.
Notably, England superstar Lucy Bronze was also brought off with an injury in the game – with Leah Williamson already ruled out, it does not bode well for the Lionesses’ 2023 World Cup campaign.
In the second Women’s Champions League of the weekend, Arsenal played out a classic 2-2 draw with Wolfsburg. The German outfit started very strongly, going 2-0 up before the 30-minute mark thanks to Ewa Pajor and Jane Jonsdottir – likewise, the Gunners did little to help themselves.
Regardless, Arsenal pulled their socks up and battled back. Rafaelle Souza made up for an error that led to a goal in the second half, as she scored a vital header just before the break.
In the second half, the Gunners were arguably the better team – they equalised thanks to Stina Blackstenius, who put in an incredible shift. Arsenal could not find a winner, but they will enter the second leg with everything still to play for.