Wolfsburg’s solidity meets Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals

Wolfsburg will be FC Barcelona’s rival after beating Arsenal 2-0, much inferior to the German team for almost the entire second leg and unable to improve on the 1-1 first leg. After eliminating Real Madrid in a historic atmosphere at the Camp Nou, the Barça team can analyze their next opponent in the round prior to the grand final.

For now, they will see a solid, balanced and well-worked team. These three factors prevailed over Arsenal’s anarchic game, more timid than Wolfsburg and one step below its rival. Already in London, Jonas Eidevall’s team showed signs of weakness after rescuing a tie at the buzzer with a goal from Carlotte Wubben-Moy. Days later, he needed a turn to surprise in Germany. This one did not arrive.

Anecdotally, the match started ten minutes late because the operators at the VfL Wolfsburg Arena had to work hard to collect the large amount of confetti thrown onto the pitch by the German fans. In addition, a symbol of peace was worn in the center of the field throughout the match in reference to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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As soon as the referee Ivana Projkovska decreed the start of the clash, peace remained in the central circle. Wolfsburg did not spare Arsenal and became a steamroller that hardly gave the English team a chance.

During the first act, he had three clear chances. Two ended in a goal, although one did not go up to the scoreboard. In the first, Jill Roor, ex-Arsenal, was right after clearing a corner kick from Felicitas Rauch inside the area; in the second, Tabea Wassmuth scored, but was left without her tenth goal in the Champions League: it was annulled for offside; and in the third, Svenja Huth found the feet of goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.

Down 1-0, Arsenal tried to reverse the situation in the second half. She managed to take a step forward and even had a good chance in the boots of Vivianne Miedema with half an hour to go. There wasn’t much else. Leah Williamson’s own goal in the last leg ended any hope for Arsenal, deservedly eliminated by Wolfsburg, now a new rival of one of the favorites for the title: Barcelona.

Wolfsburg, 2- Arsenal, 0

Data sheet

2.- Wolfsburg: college; Wilms, Hendrich, Janssen, Rauch; Roord, Lattwein (Popp, 45+3), Oberdorf (Blomqvist, d. 86), Huth; Jónsdóttir (Pajor, d. 79) and Wassmuth.

0.- Arsenal: Zinsberger; Maritz (Wienroither, d. 79), Wubben-Moy, Williamson, Catley (Foord, d. 46), McCabe (Parris, d. 71); Little, Miedema, Maanum (Nobbs, d. 70); Heath and Blackstenius.

Goals: 1-0, m. 9: Roord; 2-0, m. 73: Williamson, own goal.

Referee: Ivana Projkovska (Macedonia).

Incidents: match corresponding to the second leg of the quarterfinals of the Women’s Champions League played at the VfL Wolfsburg Arena in front of nearly 8,000 spectators.