After Barcelona took the lead in the first minute of the game in Gothenburg, Sweden, with Melanie Leupolz’s own goal, they never looked back and had almost completed the title at halftime with more goals from Alexia Putellas, Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen.
After being four goals down in the first final two years ago and losing 4-1 to Lyon, Barcelona drove through the second half for the largest profit margin in a final since the dawn of the women’s Champions League era.
The result also ended Lyon’s dominance of the competition after the French side were knocked out in the Paris Saint-Germain quarter-finals after winning five straight titles between 2016 and 2020.
Barcelona got off to a flying start when Lieke Martens fired a shot off the crossbar within 30 seconds. After that, an attempt by Fran Kirby ricocheted off Leupolz and shot into Chelsea’s net.
Putellas then doubled the Spanish team’s lead from the penalty spot after Jenni Hermoso was cut off by Leupolz in the Chelsea box, and finished third on 20 minutes when Bonmati passed Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger after a nifty build-up game.
Graham Hansen added a fourth after 36 minutes as she tapped Martens’ cross down the wing after a stormy run.
Chelsea had chances throughout the game, some falling to Pernille Harder, but ultimately had too much ground to get better in the second half.
“It’s obviously disappointing. We didn’t get the start of the game we wanted and I think you can’t get sloppy goals in games like this against these opponents. … They had four chances in the first half and they have four Opportunities in the back of the net, “Chelsea defender Millie Bright told BT Sport.
After finishing the Spanish championship with eight games left, Barcelona can now celebrate European success and become the first club whose men’s and women’s teams have both won the Champions League.