Three-time African Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala scored the consolation goal for Barcelona Femeni in 4-1 loss to Lyon Ladies in the UEFA Women’s Champions League on Saturday.
Oshoala started on the bench for Barcelona Femeni in the final of the prestigious tournament at the Groupama Arena, Budapest.
For the Spanish side, it was their first appearance in the final of the competition.
The French side quickly got into business as they ripped apart the Spanish side within in the opening 30 minutes.
A quick and alarmingly simple move saw Griedge Mbock pick out Van de Sanden with a ranking downfield ball. The winger scampered down the right, planted a low cross into the box, and watched the Budapest-born Dzsenifer Marozsan tapped in an easy finish for the opener.
A carbon copy of the first goal was scored by the French side. Van der Sanden was again released down the right, she raced in behind the defence and squared low and hard. This time it was Ada Hegerberg waiting to tap in.
Hegerberg was on a hattrick already. And it was a smart finish, hooking in with her left foot, but a preposterously easy goal. It was Amel Majri who waltzed into the box unassailed, squaring from the left for the striker to blast home.
A minute after the half hour, it was a hattrick for Hegerberg and another tap-in. This time it was Lucy Bronze who delivered, and it was a superbly whipped cross that forced a decision from Sandra Panos. The keeper came for it and flapped, leaving an open goal, and the Norwegian turned home first time under pressure.
Barcelona, having not conceded a goal in six Champions League fixtures before this found themselves four down after half an hour. And as reacting-to-breakneck-four-goal-deficits goes, they did fairly well, asserting themselves in the latter stages of the half and even carving out a half-chance or two. But that said, they introduced the speedy Oshoala in the second half.
The former Liverpool and Arsenal star made a positive impact when thrown into the fray for Tony Duggan in the 69th minute. Many had asked why coach Lluís Cortés benched the former BBC World Player of the Year.
An opportunity arrived for Barcelona following the persistence of Oshoala, the Lyon defence hesitated and let a long ball bounce into Losada’s path. She needed to loft a bouncing ball over Bouhaddi and into an empty net, but her shot didn’t drop in time and landed on the roof of the goal. She probably should have scored.
Losada then strode down the right and lofted in a cross to Oshoala. The FC Robo Queens product headed off target under pressure from two defenders.
A deserved consolation for Barcelona arrived in the 89th minute and a deserved goal for the pacy Nigerian, who turned on the afterburners to meet a perfectly weighted defence-splitting pass by Martens. Her first touch took her past the onrushing keeper, and her second slide the ball home. Perhaps she should have played from the start.