Watch the goals of the Copa de la Reina
Barça’ Women have won the Copa de la Reina Clásico semi-final, and will face Sporting Club de Huelva in the final on Sunday.
Barça Women have advanced to the Copa de la Reina final for the second year in a row.
After defeating Real Madrid 4-0 in the semi-final, they will face Sporting Club de Huelva at
11.30 a.m. CEST on Sunday, May 29. Martens, Aitana, Mariona, and Oshoala all scored to give
the team an easy victory.
Jonatan Giráldez made changes from the UWCL final in Turin, allowing Oshoala and Martens
an opportunity to show their attacking prowess. Hermoso and Graham Hansen were both
absent due to injuries.
As soon as the whistle for kick-off in the Santo Domingo stadium blew, Barça went on the
offensive, forcing a series of corners. Clearly, the goal was to maintain control of the game
and put any lingering memories of the UWCL final to rest.
On 12 minutes, after a protracted period of possession, Mariona crossed from the right and
Alexia glanced a header against Misa’s left post. Two minutes later, Alexia turned provider,
firing in a left-footed cross that Oshoala headed against the same upright.
Alexia again got involved in the opening goal, this time getting to the right byeline and
cutting the ball back for Martens to steer inside the left post (1-0, 19th minute). Real Madrid
saw they needed to come out and press in order to get back into the game, but Barça
remained in command, almost scoring another through Aitana after a mazy run
and left-foot curler denied by Misa. The score at halftime was 1-0.
Barça’ vs Real Madrid: Three goals in the second half
Despite Real Madrid’s best efforts after the break, it didn’t take long for Barça to secure their place in Sunday’s final. Martens threaded a ball through to Oshoala on the left, who had her shot stopped, but she transferred the ball to Aitana, who scored from inside the area to make it 2-0. Martens took a corner from the left six minutes later, and Mariona unmarked in the penalty box to head home (3-0, 53rd minute).
On 60 minutes, coach Jonatan Giráldez made a triple sub, including captain Alexia, possibly with an eye on the grand final. Rolfö was pushed into the assault and was a part of one of the game’s best movements. As Real Madrid retreated, Oshoala crossed the halfway line and handed the ball to Rolfö. Her wonderful slide rule pass found Oshoala, who had kept running but had been stopped by Misa. However, she would score after 75 minutes, with replacement Pina threading a ball from left to right for Oshoala to take around the keeper and make it 4-0.