Emily Wilson·21 March 2023
Emily Wilson·21 March 2023
More Champions League dramatics took place this week as we entered the quarter-finals of the women’s competition.
Here is what went down on Tuesday.
Scorer: Paralluelo 34′
The second quarter-final of the night was another close encounter as an impressive Roma side held Barcelona to a 1-0 win and everything remains up for grabs.
The opening half was pure domination from the visitors, with 10 shots compared to zero from the hosts after 25 minutes en route to 14 by half-time.
Mapi Leon, Asisat Oshoala and Aitana Bonmatí were frustrated by Roma’s unified defence though, with goalkeeper Camelia Ceasar making some impressive stops.
Eventually all of the hosts’ hard work would be undone when 19-year-old Salma Paralluelo curled home from outside the box just before the break. It was the teenager’s first goal in the competition.
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The teenage starlet then teed up Oshoala after the break for 2-0, but the Nigerian striker couldn’t get her feet sorted and Ceasar again saved comfortably. Two more efforts then fell short for Barcelona through the same name.
Roma eventually caused the hosts some concerns around the hour mark at the other end, as Manuela Giugliano and Emilie Haavi threatened on the wings.
Valentina Giacinti had their best chance deflect over the bar from 12 yards out before goalkeeper Sandra Paños was called into action three times in the dying moments to prevent a potential draw.
Despite 33 attempts to 10, Barcelona now carry a slim advantage heading to Spain while Roma’s performance will be a confidence booster heading into the second leg.
Scorer: Schüller 40′
The first clash of night saw Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich take control of their quarter-final tie with a slim 1-0 win over Arsenal.
It was a nervy opening 15 minutes as both teams tried to settle in and find their groove, but true chances were few and far between.
Stina Blackstenius led the way for the League Cup winers Arsenal with Katie McCabe and captain Leah Williamson also involved but nobody made a real spark on the pitch. Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead remained unavailable with ACL injuries.
Meanwhile, Bayern capitalised on the visitors’ quiet attack and after Lea Schüller’s shot dragged harmlessly wide, she made the most of her next chance and headed home for 1-0.
It could have been 2-0 too, but the German dragged another effort wide which would have been an insurance marker for the hosts.
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Coming out after the break, the visitors pushed for an equaliser and came inches away on a few occasions.
Caitlin Foord’s curling effort hit off the post before Bayern’s defence was left sweating as Williamson’s effort was cleared off the line.
Arsenal players were furious after the second effort saw goalkeeper Maria-Luisa Grohs pick the ball up after a back-pass, but the cries towards the referee fell on deaf ears.
In the final moments, Frida Maanum hit the wrong side of the netting while Manuela Zinsberger prevented Maximiliane Rall from doubling the lead at the other end.
By the full-time whistle Bayern’s resolute defence was the difference as Arsenal’s attack must got back to the drawing board ahead of the second leg at the Emirates.