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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 – Women – News – Tokyo 2020 hopefuls shine on road to Gothenburg

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Olympic Football Tournaments 2020 - Women - News - Tokyo 2020 hopefuls shine on road to Gothenburg

UEFA Women’s Champions League


Fran Kirby celebrates scoring a goal in the UEFA Women's Champions League semi-finals


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  • Barcelona and Chelsea attain UEFA Women’s Champions League last
  • Barça edged Paris 3-2 on combination, Chelsea beat Bayern 5-3
  • Final on 16 May in Gothenburg at 21:00 CET

Several gamers who’re anticipated to shine on the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 performed key roles in serving to their golf equipment advance to the UEFA Women’s Champions League last, the place each Barcelona and Chelsea might be determined to raise the continental membership trophy for the primary time.

Barcelona opened the day with a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain thanks to Dutch star Lieke Martens’ first-half brace. Marie-Antoinette Katoto replied virtually instantly after Martens’ second, nevertheless Barça proved to be too robust in the long run and have been deserved winners, reserving a spot within the last for the second time of their historical past. The Spanish giants misplaced 4-1 to Olympique Lyonnais of their first last look in 2019.

Martens has scored 5 targets in her final 5 matches for Barcelona in all competitions.

Fantastic Fran

One participant who might be trying to make an impression on the Olympic Games for the primary time might be Fran Kirby. Scoring two targets within the semi-finals to lead her membership to their first-ever Champions League last will definitely assist her as she continues to put together for the worldwide event.

Kirby opened the scoring after simply 11 minutes after combing with one other Tokyo 2020-bound star in Australia’s Sam Kerr. A Sarah Zadrazil stunner put the end in critical doubt for Emma Hayes’ aspect, nevertheless an extended-distance strike from Ji Soyun obtained the Blues again on observe.

Denmark’s Pernille Harder headed within the decisive objective within the 84th minute earlier than Kirby put the cherry on high, ending off a counter assault in stoppage time to arrange a last at Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, on 16 May towards Barcelona.

Chelsea’s victory was their first of their six Champions League semi-last matches, because the Blues beforehand misplaced 4 and drew one.

The targets

What they mentioned

“To each coach at dwelling, I’m going to say: this hundreds of hours of travelling, hundreds of setbacks, working with groups and completely different moments. I’m so happy with myself. I’ve obtained to this degree via my laborious work, my dedication, and I’m lucky to be working for a soccer membership that I am keen on. I work for a set of gamers who have been all the time in management – I by no means felt I used to be, however they did every thing doable.

“We knew they were going to change something; we had to change something too. We dealt with their threats and they gave us the space to counter, which is where we got the first goal from. We conceded far too many set pieces but we adjusted that and put bodies on the line. I played them a video, before the game, of a UFC star talking to herself, saying ‘I am the best, I am the best.’ The cameras asked her about it afterwards and she said, ‘but I am the best.’ Someone described us as ‘mentality monsters’, and we are the best. We’re in this position because we deserve it.”
Chelsea coach Emma Hayes, talking to BT Sport

“Two years ago, in Budapest, we went to really live the experience of our first Champions League final, but this time we are going to Gothenburg to win.”
Barcelona coach Lluis Cortes

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