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Chelsea 0-4 Barcelona: Catalans dominant in Women's Champions League final rout

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A frantic opening 36 minutes propelled Barcelona to a 4-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday, giving the Catalans their first-ever UEFA Women's Champions League title.

Barca struck inside the opening minute, forcing a freak own-goal by Melanie Leupolz just 35 seconds in after hitting the crossbar just seconds prior. The stunning start set the tone for the rest of the first half as Barcelona used a high-energy press and some opportunistic finishing to put the game out of reach well before the halftime break.

Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmati, and Caroline Hansen all added to Barca's tally, giving the Spanish side a four-goal lead at the 36-minute mark. A shellshocked Chelsea managed to get to the half without giving up any more goals, but the damage had long been done by that point.

A much-improved second half by the Londoners did little to close the gap between the teams as Barca was content to sit on the lead and allow Chelsea to come at them. In the end, the giant mountain was just too big to climb for the Blues, giving Barcelona the victory and the title.

DAZN provided up-to-the-minute commentary and analysis of Sunday's match. Here's how it all went down.

 

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Fulltime: Chelsea 0-4 Barcelona

That's it! The match has ended and Barca have won their first UWCL title!

85' Time's running out

Both teams now seem to have accepted the result, although Chelsea's still giving a half-hearted effort to find at least a consolation goal.

75' Fifteen minutes remaining

Chelsea's been in control this half, but the final product has been lacking. With just a quarter-hour left, you'd expect the kitchen sink to be thrown pretty shortly.

 

63' Barcelona comfortable

Chelsea has had the lion's share of the ball in this half, as Barca seems all too happy sitting on the four-goal lead without taking any risks.

 

52' Chelsea's much more composed to start this half

The Blues are very direct and purposeful in the opening stages of the second half.

Will it be enough?

46' Second half underway

Barcelona's one half of football away from a Champions League title.

Halftime: Chelsea 0-4 Barcelona

Outside of a five-minute stretch, it's been one-way traffic for Barca.

It's hard to see a way back for Chelsea, but the Blues will have 45 minutes to pull off a miracle.

36' Goal Barcelona!

Chelsea 0-4 Barcelona
Martens dances down the left and drives in toward goal while balancing on the byline before she crosses for a tap-in by Hansen. Barca are dominant.

31' Match has slowed down

Barca has settled into possession and toned down the frantic pace of the opening 20 minutes. With a three-goal lead, the Catalans are quite comfortable letting Chelsea try to take the ball from them.

 

20' Goal Barcelona!

Chelsea 0-3 Barcelona

Some wonderful work sees Bonmati receive the ball at the top of the box and use a superb first touch to free herself to slide the ball under an onrushing Berger.

14' Goal Barcelona!

Chelsea 0-2 Barcelona
It's a calm finish by Putellas, and Chelsea have a mountain to climb.

12' Penalty to Barca!

The Catalans will have an opportunity to go two up after a player is taken down in the box.

8' Chelsea growing into the game

The Blues are seeing more of the ball and appear to have gotten over the initial shock of the opening moments.

4' Barca still pressing

The lead is nearly doubled as Barcelona's press is too much for Chelsea so far. Only a decent save by goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger has spared Chelsea's blushes.

1' Goal Barcelona!

Chelsea 0-1 Barcelona

Barca start off with a bang, first striking the crossbar then forcing an own-goal on the subsequent goalmouth scramble!

A dream start for the Catalans but Chelsea look shellshocked.

Kick off!

We're underway in Gothenburg.

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