— ASISAT M.O.N (@AsisatOshoala) June 3, 2023
In a thrilling showdown at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, FC Barcelona Femini emerged victorious, defeating Wolfsburg 3-2 in the UEFA Champions League final. Despite the absence of their prolific Nigerian striker, Asisat Oshoala, who was sidelined due to a hamstring injury, Barcelona showcased their strength and determination, securing their second Champions League title in three years.
Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala Wins The Women's UEFA Champions League With Barcelona. The Best Female Football In Africa…Proudly NIGERIAN🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/Erhac4GhpV
— A. Ayofe (@abdullahayofel) June 3, 2023
Oshoala's unfortunate injury prior to the final forced Barcelona's manager, Lluis Cortés, to make a change in the starting lineup. The 28-year-old forward had been a crucial contributor throughout the season, amassing an impressive tally of 26 goals in all competitions, with five of those coming in the Champions League. However, her absence did not deter the Spanish side from achieving their ultimate goal.
🇳🇬 Asisat Oshoala 2022/23 season in number:
👕 28 games
⚽️ 26 goals
🎯 6 assists
🥶 31 chances created
AGBA BALLER! 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/otyWHQjW6m
— Sholy Nation Sports (@Sholynationsp) June 1, 2023
Stepping into Oshoala's shoes was 19-year-old sensation Salma Paralluelo, who displayed maturity beyond her years. Paralluelo's inclusion in the starting eleven was a testament to Barcelona's depth and the trust placed in their young talents. The Spanish teenager, who has shown immense promise throughout the season, was ready to seize the opportunity on the grandest stage.
Oshoala's impact throughout the competition cannot be overlooked. The Nigerian star's five goals in the Champions League played a pivotal role in Barcelona's journey to the final. Her ability to find the back of the net consistently served as a source of inspiration for the team, proving her worth as one of the most lethal forwards in the women's game.
As the celebrations begin in Barcelona, the triumph in Eindhoven marks a momentous achievement for the club, affirming their status as one of the powerhouses in European women's football. The victory is a testament to the collective spirit and resilience of the team, with each player stepping up in the absence of Oshoala to contribute to the triumph.
Spanish Super Cup
Women's Champions League
Barcelona Femeni do the treble❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/mOIJ9u3f8s
— GOAL (@goal) June 3, 2023
For Oshoala, her disappointment at missing out on the final due to injury will undoubtedly be overshadowed by the joy of lifting the prestigious Champions League trophy with her teammates. The Nigerian star's contribution throughout the competition was crucial to Barcelona's success, highlighting her immense talent and impact on the global stage.
Barcelona Ladies Stage Remarkable Comeback to Clinch Champions League Title
In an exhilarating showdown at the PSV Stadium in Eindhoven, Barcelona Ladies mounted a stunning comeback, overcoming a two-goal deficit to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory over VFL Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women's Champions League final on Saturday afternoon.
BARCELONA COME BACK TO WIN THE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/EUC6wD1AB3
— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 3, 2023
The match began explosively when Poland's forward, Ewa Pajor, opened the scoring for Wolfsburg in the third minute. The early setback didn't deter the German side, as Major turned provider, setting up Alexandra Popp to extend their lead eight minutes before halftime (37).
However, Barcelona came out firing on all cylinders after the break, displaying tremendous resilience and determination. Their comeback began when Patri Guijarro reduced the deficit in the 48th minute, injecting renewed hope into the Blaugrana camp.
Just two minutes later, the Spanish international struck again, restoring parity for Barcelona and sending shockwaves through Wolfsburg's defense. The momentum had clearly shifted in favor of the Spanish Iberdrola champions, and their relentless attacking pressure posed a constant threat to the German side.
With the contest hanging in the balance, it was Fridolina Rolfo who etched her name in the history books, scoring the winning goal for Barcelona Ladies 20 minutes from time. The electrifying atmosphere at the PSV Stadium reached its zenith as Rolfo's strike secured a memorable victory for the Spanish side.
FROM 0️⃣➖2️⃣ TO 3️⃣➖2️⃣, BARCELONA WIN THE WOMEN'S 🆑 🤩 pic.twitter.com/IKT9lM71aF
— 433 (@433) June 3, 2023
Barcelona's remarkable comeback serves as a testament to their unwavering spirit and unwavering belief in their abilities. Their ability to seize control of the game after the break and overturn a two-goal deficit is a testament to the character and quality of the team.
Congratulations to Asisat Oshoala and the FCB Femini team on a spectacular comeback to win the Women UCL 🏆🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/nL2rKYtnjl
— LERRY (@_AsiwajuLerry) June 3, 2023
As the 2022/2023 season draws to a close, FC Barcelona Femini can bask in the glory of their triumph, with Oshoala's injury serving as a reminder of the team's resilience and depth. Looking ahead, the Spanish giants will undoubtedly strive to build upon their success and continue to make their mark on women's football.
— POOJA!!! (@PoojaMedia) June 3, 2023
It should be noted that Oshoala finished the competition as the joint-top scorer with her teammate Aitana Bonmati. They scored five goals each.
This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago