Sam Mewis scored from the penalty spot to inflict a rare defeat on Barcelona.

Manchester City have been eliminated in the Champions League for women by Barcelona. The 3-0 deficit in the first round proved too much to overcome, despite a 2-1 home win over the Spaniards.

City reduced Barca’s deficit to two goals through a goal by Janine Becky in the first half after a shot by Sam Mewis.

But City’s chances were nullified by Asisat Oshoala, who put Barca back into the lead after the break.

Sam Mewis put City back into the lead, but the score remained 4-2 for the visitors.

Gareth Taylor’s men haven’t reached the semi-finals since 2017/18, when they lost to Lyon, but they put in a much better performance than they did in the first leg.

They can now focus on their goal of winning the Women’s Super League title when they visit league leaders Chelsea.

In the semi-finals Barcelona will take on defending champions Lyon or Paris Saint-Germain.

Taylor’s team play Barca.

Taylor said before the match that his side were capable of causing problems for the Spanish league leaders, who have scored 55 goals in 18 matches in the Women’s Super League.

Lauren Hemp’s absence with an ear infection gave Becky the chance to impress and she grabbed it with her sixth Champions League goal for the club.

Barcelona goalkeeper Sandra Panos has conceded her first goal since the El Clasico win over Real Madrid in January.

Alex Greenwood was a danger at dead balls, although she could only curl a free kick into the wall from the edge of the box.

Becky then tested Panos with a good run on the right side, while Rosa Lavelle took the lead after the turn.

Chloe Kelly, who missed a penalty kick in the first game, looked threatening all game and played a beautiful through ball to Ellen White, but her shot ricocheted off the goalkeeper.

White was sent off the field and Mewis slid past for Panos to give City a glimmer of hope, and there was a late breakout when Georgia Stanway rounded the keeper but was ruled offside.

The ruthless Blaugrana have had enough.

Asisat Oshoala took cover after a sweep was blocked in the city.

Although Barcelona won the match, their lead was never really in danger and they could have scored more if they had been more accurate in their finishing.

The Blaugrana have had a good season in the domestic league, scoring 103 goals in 21 consecutive wins, but the latest goal has set them back at crucial moments.

Oshoala scored, but probably should have had a hat-trick, as she was held off by a beautiful block from Lucy Bronze and then a valiant effort from goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck.

Caroline Graham-Hansen, with a clever block and cut back to Oshoal in the Barca goal, wreaked havoc with her speed, but even her best effort was saved by Rebak.

Dutch international Laik Martens, who came off the bench in the second half, underlined the Catalans’ strength, but it wasn’t enough to increase the points tally. Lewis Cortes’ team suffered a rare defeat.

The semi-finals of the first and second rounds will be played on April 24-25 and April 1-2, respectively. May, while the final will be played on 16. The meeting will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 1 May.

 

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