PLAYER RATINGS: Jess Carter endures difficult evening at left-back while Fran Kirby looked most likely to make something happen as Chelsea are thrashed in Champions League final
- Chelsea were beaten 4-0 by Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League Final
- Sportsmail’s assess the best and worst performers from the clash in Gothenburg
- Jess Carter struggled at left-back and Melanie Leupolz also had a difficult night
- Fran Kirby looked most likely to create an opening as she grew into the game
Chelsea suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Women’s Champions League final.
An early own goal from Melanie Leupolz put Barcelona ahead, with Alexia Putellas later scoring a penalty. Aitiana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen were also on target as Barcelona prevailed.
Sportsmail’s Kathryn Batte assesses the best and worst performers.
Makeshift left-back Jess Carter endured a miserable time as Chelsea lost against Barcelona
Ann-Katrin Berger – 6
Could do little with the goals she conceded. Needed more protection from her defenders.
Niamh Charles – 5
Struggled up against the experienced Lieke Martens. A step too far for the young full back.
Niamh Charles struggled as she found it difficult up against the experienced Lieke Martens
Millie Bright – 6
Was left exposed by those in front of her. Positioning for the fourth goal could have been better.
Magdalena Eriksson – 6
The Blues’ captain was helpless to stop the Barca onslaught. A night to forget in her national team’s stadium.
Jess Carter – 4
Extremely difficult evening for the makeshift left back. Should have done better for the second, third and fourth goals and was given the runaround by Hansen.
Melanie Leupolz – 5
Credited with a freak own goal before giving away a soft penalty. Substituted at half-time.
Melanie Leupolz scored a freak own goal in the first minute and later conceded a penalty
Sophie Ingle – 5
Couldn’t stop Barca’s midfield dictating the game. Was lucky to get away with a yellow card for a late tackle on Hamraoui.
Ji So-yun – 6
Unusually sloppy in possession and failed to create any significant chances.
Fran Kirby – 6.5
Her clearance cannoned off Leupolz for the opening goal. Got better as the game went on and looked the most likely to create something.
Fran Kirby improved as the game went on and looked the most likely to create an opening
Pernille Harder – 5
Missed two great chances to equalise before Barca went 2-0 ahead then missed another in the second half. A third Champions League final defeat for the Dane.
Sam Kerr – 6
A couple of nice flicks to create Harder’s chances but a quiet night for the WSL Golden Boot winner.
Reiten (for Leupolz, 45) – 6
England (for Kerr, 72) – 6
Cuthbert (Ji, 72) – 6
Manager: Emma Hayes – 5
No historic quadruple for the Chelsea coach. Gamble of starting Carter over Andersson didn’t pay off.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes’ gamble of starting Jess Carter over Jonna Andersson didn’t pay off
Riem Hussein (GER)
Reacted to Hermosa’s scream when awarding Barca a harsh penalty which proved crucial. Could have given Eriksson a penalty in the second half.
Sandra Panos 6, Marta Torrejon 7, Patricia Guijarro 7, Maria Pilar Leon 7, Leila Ouahabi 7, Aitana Bonmati 8, Kheira Hamraoui 7, Alexia Putellas 8, Lieke Martens 9, Jennifer Hermoso 7, Caroline Graham Hansen 7.5
Caldentey (for Graham Hansen, 61) – 6
Losada (for Putellas, 71) – 6
Oshoalo (for Hermosa 71) – 6
Serrano (for Ouahabi 82)
Crnogorčević (for Torrejon, 82)
Manager: Lluis Cortes – 8
Martens was the outstanding performer for Barcelona as she caused Chelsea many problems
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