Chelsea 0-4 Barcelona: women’s Champions League final player ratings

Keira Hamraoui and Lieke Martens were outstanding for Barcelona while Melanie Leupolz and Sophie Ingle had a tough night in Gothenburg

Chelsea (4-3-3)

Ann Katrin-Berger Not her most assured evening but Chelsea’s demolition was not the German goalkeeper’s fault. 5

Niamh Charles An ersatz full-back and looked horribly panicky in the first half. Pickpocketed by Bonmatí in the build up to the third goal but improved significantly after the break. 5

Millie Bright A night to forget for the England centre-back as she discovered her normally solid partnership with Eriksson was not invincible after all. 5

Magdalena Eriksson A night Chelsea’s captain had long dreamed of but not the return to her native Sweden she had envisaged. 5

Jessica Carter Shredded by the pace of Barcelona’s wing play and, all too typically, brushed aside by Caroline Graham Hansen in the preamble to the second goal. Like Charles improved later. 5

Melanie Leupolz The German was unlucky to score a freakish own goal in the opening minute but not at her best. Withdrawn at half-time. 4

Sophie Ingle Supposed to anchor midfield but struggled in the face of Barcelona’s omnipotence. Booked for a bad challenge on Hamraoui and lucky not to be sent off for a second yellow. 4

Ji So-yun Forced into too many uncharacteristic forfeitures of possession. Looked increasingly rattled. 4

Fran Kirby Rarely afforded the chance to show off her exceptional talents. Unusually final balls went awry but first-half system did not suit her. 6

Sam Kerr The Australian was unusually subdued and was eventually taken off as her customary telepathy with Kerr faltered. 5

Pernille Harder The Denmark international was overly subdued, failed to make her experience count. Should have scored. 5

Subs: Guro Reiten (for Leupolz ht) 8, Erin Cuthbert (for Ji 73) 6, Beth England (for Kerr 73) 6

Sophie Ingle
Sophie Ingle looks dejected after Barcelona score their fourth goal. Photograph: Adam Ihse/PA

Barcelona (4-3-3)

Sandra Paños Not her hardest 90 minutes but did extremely well to repel Harder’s second-minute half-volley. 6

Marta Torrejón Hardly overstretched until Chelsea switched formation in the second half; clearly prefers going forward but stayed strong. 6

Patricia Guijarro The natural central midfielder was out of position at centre-back and she occasionally looked it when Chelsea went direct. 6

María León Appropriately, her middle name is Pilar and she helped hold up Barcelona’s backline, frustrating Kerr and Kirby. 6

Leila Ouahabi Underworked until Hayes switched systems but asked some questions she struggled to answer after the break. Booked. 6

Aitana Bonmatí Enjoyed an excellent game in midfield and scored the third goal thanks to well timed a late run into the box. 9

Keira Hamraoui Barcelona’s enforcer, excelled in central midfield. Demoralised Chelsea by dictating play and controlling the tempo. Outstanding. 9

Alexia Putellas Converted a penalty to make it 2-0 and played superbly. Few would have guessed she was struggling with a thigh injury. 9

Caroline Graham Hansen Revelled in helping Martens terrorise Chelsea’s full-backs and tapped in the fourth. Withdrawn after 62 minutes. 8

Jennifer Hermoso Won the penalty for Putellas and also helped create the third goal for Bonmatí courtesy of an inspired angled first-time pass. Should have scored. 8

Lieke Martens Barcelona’s attacking catalyst and simply superb. The Netherlands winger did everything but score. An exceptional talent. 9

Subs: Mariona Caldente (for Hansen 62) 6, Vicky Losada (for Putellas 71) 7, Asisat Oshoala (for Hermoso 71) 6, Ana-Maria Crnogorčević (for Torrejón 82) n/a,
Melanie Serrano (for Ouahabi 82) n/a


Louise Taylor

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