On Monday evening, Wolfborg won a nerve-wracking encounter against favorites Arsenal, sealing a 3-2 win in extra time at a packed Emirates Stadium in London.
A badly damaged Arsenal, with stars Miedema and Mede both recovering from serious injuries, took the lead first through Stina Plaxtenius with a pass from Viktoria Belova. Just before half-time, Jill Rohr equalized against her old club with a beautiful shot from the 16th minute.
In the second half, Arsenal seemed to advance quickly, but the Video Assistant Referee intervened due to offside. Wolfsburg captain Popp then calmed the pitch with his header to make it 1-2. Jennifer Beattie gave Arsenal the final straw in the final stretch when she made it 2-2 and forced extra time.
In extra time, Dutch club Wolfsburg qualified for the final. Pauline Bremer still led the team of Len Wilms, Dominique Janssen and Jill Roord to the final.
Final in Eindhoven
The three Dutch Wolfsburg players hope to perform again in the final and thus achieve their first victory in the Champions League. Wilms, Janssen and Roord have all won the cup with big ears in the past.
The three Dutch players have a difficult task ahead of them in the final match at Philips Stadium. Barcelona’s stars qualified for the semi-finals at the end of last April by eliminating Chelsea from the tournament.
Barcelona Women are once again enjoying an unprecedentedly strong season. For the second year in a row, they became champions by winning all the matches (!) in the competition and for the third year in a row they reached the Champions League final.
In 2021, Chelsea won 4-0, but last year Olympique Lyonnais was stronger than Barcelona in the final 3-1.
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