Barcelona learn to suffer in Manchester

Oshoala celebrates Barcelona's equalizing goal against City in Manchester.

Barcelona also learn to suffer. Until he landed in Manchester, this season he had only lost, on penalties (after drawing one), to Atlético in the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup. The streak was cut against City. In a disputed, well-played duel, the English team showed its power to the Catalans. But Barça resisted. The English won 2-1, but Lluís Cortés’s team had already done their homework in the first leg (3-0) and qualified for the fourth time in the last five years for the Champions League semi-finals.

Cortés’s message began in the previous one and continued with the alignment. The coach repeated the same eleven in Manchester as in the first leg. I didn’t want scares. The problem was that he couldn’t avoid them. Since Gareth Taylor took over at City, the women’s citizen He became a mirror of Guardiola’s male: 4-3-3 and guarding the ball. In the first leg, there was no sign of the powerful team, second in the Premier. Quite the opposite happened in Manchester, where he cornered Barcelona.

And that, at the last minute, he lost one of his flags, Hemp, to an ear infection. A noticeable loss that of the English winger, present in 13 goals (seven goals and six assists) in his last 15 games, the only headache for the Barça defense in the first leg. In fact, Hemp generated the penalty that Sandra Paños stopped from Kemp. The Barça goalkeeper was important in Italy, also in England. The difference, however, was that he had little participation in the first leg, due to how much he had to intervene in Manchester.

Without the ball, the Barça team was missing Graham Hansen’s offensive power. The Norwegian took more than half an hour to appear in the area citizen, in an action that Bronze showed off to send Oshoala’s shot to a corner. The Englishwoman silenced the Nigerian again at the end of the first half. By then, Barça seemed to react to the local dominance, which dominated the scoreboard after Beckie’s goal.

But Graham Hansen had something else to say. The Norwegian went back to look for Oshoala. This time she left the ball within a foot of the small area, for the Nigerian to sign the 1-1. City did not lower its arms. From a penalty, Mewis made it 2-1. And nothing more. Barça recovered the leather and moved away from Paños’ goal to sneak into the semifinals, once again.

Now he must wait until April 18 to meet his rival. UEFA agreed to suspend the return match between Olympique Lyon and PSG (0-1, in the first leg) due to several positive cases of Covid in the Parisian team – although the number was not specified. On the other side of the table, Chelsea surprised Wolfsburg. The English team, leaders in the Premier, beat the last finalist in Germany 0-3 (1-5 on aggregate) and await the winner of the match between Rosengard and Bayern Munich. In the first leg, the Bavarian team won 3-0.

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