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Emily Wilson·31 March 2023

💫 UWCL Awards: I'll raise you one, cancer comeback and watershed moments

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Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and Wolfsburg are the final four teams in the Women’s Champions League after another thrilling knockout round.

And here are our awards.

The Getting Ghosted Award

When they needed her the most, Sam Kerr was a shadow of herself for Chelsea during their clash with Lyon across both legs.

The Australian is known for being a deadly finisher, even more so in competition finals, but looks off form for Emma Hayes as of late. Normally she would have buried this first-half attempt.

She went on to score her penalty, but the Blues will need much, much more from her in the later stages.

The Been There Done That Award

Wolfsburg qualified for their third semi-final in four years and maintained their perfect record when leading a knockout tie on aggregate (advanced on 25 occasions).

The Changing of the Guard Award

We suggested the titans were toppling after the first leg in France, and it all came crumbling down at Stamford Bridge for record UWCL holders – and reigning champions – Lyon.

Perhaps it was a true watershed moment when captain Wendie Renard had her penalty saved. Time for a new era?

The See You Next Year Award

Roma were the most improved and arguably most impressive side this knockout campaign after holding Barcelona to only one goal in Italy before striking one themselves at Camp Nou.

True up-and-comers for future seasons.

The Inch Perfect Award

This week, fans were treated to some stellar goals, and Mapi León’s takes centre stage. Her strike featured an inch-perfect dip mid-air which was no match for goalkeeper Camelia Ceasar.

We have to give a nod to Frioline Rolfö’s performance too, after scoring the winner in El Clásico the Sweden international bagged two on the night in Barça’s second leg 5-1 victory.

The Au Revoir Award

Following Lyon out in the quarter-final stages is Paris Saint-Germain after a dull quarter-final performance full of questions rather than answers.

Here’s hoping the early exits won’t impact their mentalities as the season inches closer to the end. The rivals go head-to-head in the Coupe de France final and face off in the league a week later with the title on the line.

The Cancer Comeback Award

There are plenty of narratives from Chelsea’s thrilling victory over Lyon, but this one takes the cake.

Ann-Katrin Berger was the hero for the Blues saving two penalties after beginning this season still as a patient for thyroid cancer. An incredible comeback story in just over six months.

“She’s someone who thrives in big moments. She’s probably the best penalty saving goalkeeper I’ve ever worked with, so I felt confident going into the shootout – even if I didn’t look it,” said manager Emma Hayes after the match.

The Punching Above Their Weight Award

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Bayern crumbled in the knockout round for the third time in competition history despite leading on aggregate after the first leg.

Perhaps they still have some tinkering to do before qualifying for the later stages? Wolfsburg know how to do that.

The I’ll Raise You One Award

And, of course, we can’t forget this one. Arsenal’s brilliant team move led to Frida Maanum’s banger of a goal blowing Barcelona’s Mapi León out of the water.

She is Arsenal’s top scorer in the competition this season, with five goals in eight games as the Gunners qualified for the semis for the first time since 2017/18.