Barcelona survives Wolfsburg’s fight and reaches the WCL final with the end of the winning streak | Women’s Champions League

Defending champions Barcelona reached the Women’s Champions League final but failed to win for the first time this season, losing the semi-final second leg to Wolfsburg 2-0 but advancing 5-3 on aggregate.

Barça have won every game in all competitions, including a 5-1 first-leg defeat of Wolfsburg last week. The previous defeat was in June 2021. They will face Lyon in the final on May 21, after the French club beat PSG 2-1 in the semi-final second leg, giving them a 5-3 aggregate victory.

Barça dominated the first half in Wolfsburg, but lacked the final touch. But Wolfsburg broke that aura of invincibility in the second half. Tabea Wassmuth scored in the 47th minute with a long-range shot, her 10th Champions League goal this season, tying her with visiting Alexia Putellas as the competition’s top scorer.

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Midfielder Jill Roord then doubled the lead in the 59th with a low shot in the bottom corner.

Wolfsburg eliminated Barcelona in the 2020 semi-finals and 2014 quarter-finals, but this time they fell short. Barcelona goalkeeper Sandra Paños deflected forward Ewa Pajor’s low shot in the 89th minute in a frantic finish.

Holders are looking to repeat last season’s treble. Barcelona have already won the Spanish championship and are in the semifinals of the Copa de la Reina.

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