(Real Madrid-Barcelona 1-3) Barcelona did not lose in all the previous five “El Clasico” matches, by 17-2 goals. In the surprising opening sixth for Real Madrid – Caroline Graham Hansen got a questionable leadership role.
The Norway star set a penalty kick, was named the best on the pitch by UEFA, Barcelona won 3-1 and now it’s time for the all-time host party in the second leg at Camp Nou on March 30th. Then the audience record for a sorority match will likely be broken. It has 60,739 spectators.
But Real Madrid started his dream. Seven minutes and 36 seconds went into the game when Olga Carmona sent Real Madrid at the top of the Champions League quarter-finals. The ball loss by Alexia Putellas was effectively exploited by Real Madrid. Esther Gonzáles played free Carmona who did nothing wrong on his own with goalkeeper Sandra Paños.
Barcelona’s first real chance came after 25 minutes, a shot from Patricia Guigaro that the goalkeeper had complete control over. Then Gonzalez had two big chances in two minutes. The first went in the mail and went out. The other saved the guard.
Barcelona took the reins and took over after the first half. 50 minutes later, Caroline Graham Hansen entered Carmona’s place. Thus, the VAR referees had to work for the first time in the Women’s Champions League. Television footage showed the Norwegian star fell easily after losing control of the ball, and that the penalty kick would be discussed.
The Finnish judge, Lena Letovara, was not in doubt after seeing the TV pictures.
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Captain Alexia Putillas, who scored twice against Real Madrid when the Catalans won the league title 5-0 on March 13, put the penalty kick in the net, upsetting the home team, the hosts and coach Alberto Torrell who ran. He turned the fringe line and tore his hair due to the criminal decision.
The 2-1 goal wasn’t much to discuss. Graham Hansen attempted a pass that was blocked. The ball eventually ended with substitute Claudia Pena, who settled the ball and placed it in the far corner.
In overtime, Putillas was there again, removing all doubt. With a superb shot with her left foot over the goalkeeper, she scored the goal 3-1.
Note! Ingrid Serstad Engin was given a chance to turn things around.
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