Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona (Apr 20, 2024) Game Analysis

An Erin Cuthbert strike gave Chelsea a shock 1-0 win over defending champions Barcelona in their Women’s Champions League semifinal first leg at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

Barcelona, who have not lost at home since February 2019, dominated early on but it was Chelsea who took the lead in the 40th minute as Sjoeke Nusken laid off the ball for Cuthbert who fired her shot into the top corner.

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The Women’s Super League champions received a lifeline after Barça had a penalty award for handball overturned in the second half after a VAR check showed a player offside in the build-up.

Erin Cuthbert’s goal gives Chelsea the advantage in the tie.

Barça had 66% possession but struggled in the final third against Chelsea’s diligent defence.

Salma Paralluelo nearly equalised in the 85th minute and Alexia Putellas missed a golden opportunity in the dying moments of the game.

Record eight-times champions Olympique Lyonnais host Paris St Germain in an all-French semi-final first leg later on Saturday.