Chelsea cruised into the semi-finals of the women’s Champions League on Wednesday after brushing aside Wolfsburg 3-0 to make the last four 5-1 on aggregate, while Barcelona got past Manchester City 4-2 thanks to a three-goal first-leg lead.
City had an uphill task going into their second leg with Barca in Manchester following last week’s 3-0 defeat in the Catalans’ “home” leg played in Monza, Italy. They got off to an ideal start thanks to Janine Beckie’s 20th-minute opener, the Canada international prodding home after a scramble in the Barca box at a corner.
However Asisat Oshoala, who had already wasted chances to equalise, put the away side level on the night and left City needing to score four to go through. City got another one through a Samantha Mewis penalty but that was the end of the scoring and Barca will face one of Lyon or Paris Saint-Germain in the semis.
The all-French clash between the European champions and PSG will be played on April 18 after a wave of Covid-19 cases at Lyon forced the fixture to be postponed. Lyon lead PSG by a single goal from the first leg at the Parc des Princes as they attempt to claim the top prize in European women’s football for a sixth straight year.
On Thursday Bayern Munich will aim to protect a 3-0 lead of their own against Rosengard in Malmo, with Chelsea awaiting them in the last four should they succeed as expected.