Sam Kerr’s dream of successful the one title that has eluded her at Chelsea is over for one more 12 months, shattered within the Camp Nou regardless of the Blues’ brave 1-1 draw with sensible Barcelona within the Girls’s Champions League semi-final.
The grasp finisher didn’t get on the scoresheet for a change however Kerr was instrumental in Chelsea’s second-half equaliser which obtained the English champions again into the sport within the 67th minute simply three minutes after Barca had gone forward.
However main 1-0 from the primary leg at Stamford Bridge, Barcelona, roared on by a house crowd of about 70,000 at their Camp Nou citadel, had been capable of see out a deserved triumph on Thursday (Friday AEST), prevailing 2-1 on combination to achieve the ultimate of Europe’s largest membership match for the third season operating.
They may play Arsenal, who’ve Kerr’s fellow Matildas Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley of their ranks, or Wolfsburg, who’re locked at 2-2 after the primary leg of their semi in Germany.
The second leg might be in London on Monday, with the ultimate to be performed in Eindhoven on June 3.
Kerr had hoped to ebook that date within the Netherlands however obtained few possibilities to display her prowess with Barcelona dominating a lot of the first-half possession regardless that it got here to surprisingly little.
The Matildas captain barely obtained a glance in earlier than the break however as Chelsea started to throw warning to the wind within the second half, she grew to become extra concerned earlier than Norwegian Caroline Graham Hansen, the tie’s excellent participant who had already had a objective dominated out for handball within the first half, struck for Barca.
The striker, who had additionally scored Barca’s winner at Stamford Bridge, completed off a lethal counter-attack after being put via brilliantly by the stellar midfielder Aitana Bonmati.