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Five talking points from Barcelona 1-1 Chelsea (2-1 agg)
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William Furness
Barcelona will face Wolfsburg or Arsenal in the Champions League final
Barcelona will face Wolfsburg or Arsenal in the Champions League final

Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou saw Barcelona qualify for the final with a 2-1 aggregate win.

A tense game exploded into life in the later stages as Caroline Graham Hansen's 64th-minute goal was cancelled out by Guro Reiten moments later.

Barca held on and will now wait to see who comes out on top in Monday's other semi-final between Wolfsburg and Arsenal, with that game poised at 2-2 from the first leg. 

Emma Hayes will be frustrated with the result but now has to switch focus to chasing a third successive Women's Super League and FA Cup double. 

Barcelona flex muscles  

Barcelona are one of the best teams on the planet and they showed exactly why during this game.

Roared on by 70,000 fans, they limited Chelsea to few chances and took the all-important goal when the opportunity came. 

Barca will be disappointed with conceding just after opening the scoring but saw the game out in a very professional manner.

It is no surprise they have won 60 straight domestic matches at home, while the last time they did not win a Champions League game on their own soil before tonight was against Lyon in 2018.

Barcelona can now look forward to the final, where they will hope to win their second Champions League after their success in 2021.

Chelsea spirit 

Chelsea appeared dead and buried when Hansen put Barcelona 2-0 up on aggregate.

But Reiten had other ideas and Hayes will be delighted with how her team responded to conceding.

Sam Kerr was sent through and took a touch, which Barcelona goalkeeper Sandra Panos smothered but Reiten was in the right place to rifle the ball into the back of the net. 

Despite exiting the competition, the Blues can take heart from their fightback. 

Chelsea piled on the pressure but came up short
Chelsea piled on the pressure but came up short

Walsh influence 

Kiera Walsh left Manchester City for Barcelona last summer and her influence on the side is already huge.

She was a key figure in central midfield against Chelsea, constantly breaking up play and protecting her back four when they tried to create.

To the surprise of many, the England star came off in the 60th minute and Barcelona paid the price almost immediately.

Chelsea's goal was sourced through the middle of the park — a move that could have been snuffed out had the 25-year-old midfield general been on the pitch. 


Return of Putellas 

One of the biggest stories came off the pitch as Alexia Putellas returned to Barca's squad for the first time in 10 months.

The Ballon d’Or winner suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last year. 

She was not deemed fit enough for a cameo just yet but it was a fantastic sight to see her back in the dugout. 

Barca fans will be hoping she can build up enough fitness to feature in the final in early June.

This return would a major boost as she is their captain and was a key player prior to her injury.

Alexia Putellas was on the bench after 10 months out
Alexia Putellas was on the bench after 10 months out

Nervous first half 

The first half was a nervous affair with both sides failing to conjure up anything of note.

The Camp Nou witnessed constant Barcelona possession and the hosts mustered up nine shots while Chelsea failed to have one in the first 45.

But the Blues did produce one attacking pattern that could have seen them go into the break with the score level on aggregate. 

Kerr had the ball on the edge of the box and she passed it to Jessie Fleming. 

The Canadian was crowded out but saw Niamh Charles, who had a clear sight of goal. 


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