We suffered a second defeat in the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage on Thursday night as we were beaten 4-0 by Barcelona.
Jonas Eidevall’s side delivered a hard-working and committed performance - but it wasn’t enough to trouble the current champions of Europe, who were faultless in all phases of play.
Barcelona started the game by dominating possession and pinning us deep into our half, but it was Jordan Nobbs who came closest in the opening exchanges, trying her luck with a cheeky effort from distance that sailed just over the crossbar.
This boosted our confidence as we started to find our feet in the game and consequently put together some promising passing moves - but following an underhit back pass from Jen Beattie on the halfway line, Aitana Bonmati raced through on goal and coolly finished past Manuela Zinsberger.
Jennifer Hermoso then went on to double their advantage with a simple finish from close range, before wing back Fridolina Rolfo made it three with a stunning strike into the top corner on the stroke of half-time.
The second half proved to be a more evenly-contested affair with Eidevall’s side creating a number of promising chances in transition, but we failed to take advantage and late on Hermoso converted her second of the evening, bundling the ball over the line after we failed to clear the initial delivery.
It must be noted, however, that despite suffering back-to-back defeats and conceding seven goals along the way, Zinsberger once again produced a fine performance between the sticks, including an outstanding double save at the back post to deny the visitors a fifth.
WHAT IT MEANS
We must now prepare to host Leicester City in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League on Sunday.
The game will take place at Meadow Park with kick-off at 6.45pm (UK time).
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