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REVIEW: BARCELONA 9 – DEPOR LADIES 0 (LIGA)

18 Apr 2021
The powerful Barcelona didn’t have mercy of a Depor Ladies living a poor season and with seven casualties for this game. The score was already 7-0 by half-time.

BEFORE THE GAME
The game is considered to be the toughest one on the season as Depor visit one of the best teams in Europe: Barcelona FC. And coach Manu Sánchez had to face with seven casualties. Alba Merino and Ainoa Campo were suspended, while Noelia Bermúdez, Athenea Del Castillo, Kika, Gaby and Carolina Arbeláez were injured.

The coach had to pick six players from Depor Ladies B in order to fill the gaps: Jessica Carro, Sara Álvarez, Carlota Sánchez, Patri López, Eva Dios and Tati. And even then there were only four outfield players on the bench.

THE MATCH
The biggest defeat in the history of Depor Ladies, and it wasn’t a surprise taking in mind the poor season of the team and the long list of casualties for the game. The team was too soft in defence, though the Ladies had two clear chances to score within the first 25 minutes.

Depor had a good start, they were containing the powerful football of the locals, at least briefly, and even had a chance to score through Michelle Romero. Lady Andrade made the play at midfield and later the striker missed the target from close range when she was alone against local keeper Sandra Paños (6’).

But the good start from Depor Ladies was wiped off with the first goal of Barcelona. Losada released the cross from the left and Mapi León defined from the box.  The goal just brought out the nerves of the Ladies and the defence started to show its miseries, almost always unable to contain the lateral game of the rival. Barca started to push for more and the visiting side was suffering. At minute 13, Sullastres made a double save facing Martens and Alexia Putellas.

The second goal arrived soon. It was a quick throw during a free-kick action, the cross of Marta Torrejón was deflected by Noelia Villegas and the ball went in. Just three minutes later, a corner-kick action was headed by Torrejón, the ball hit Patri López and bounced close to the goal line to later be picked by Sullastres.

Depor Ladies were locked at their side of the area, but at minute 24 they had a great chance to score. Lady Andrade stole the ball in defensive tasks after a corner-kick action, then she ran 60 meters only to release a crossed shot that missed the target.

At this point in the game, Barcelona FC were totally controlling the game, but Depor Ladies had already wasted two great chances to score. But since this moment the visiting side was going to fell down, the defensive line was too permissive and there was a rain of goals. At minute 29, Alexia Putellas headed a cross and the ball went close to the crossbar.

And Alexia Putelllas wasn’t going to miss her next two opportunities as she scored a brace in a frame of two minutes. In the first, Graham assisted Alexia and she scored with a strong shot from the edge of the area and into the top corner. Then Patri López made a bad clearance inside the area and Alexia collected the ball to score without opposition.

The first half ended with three more goals for the Catalans. In the first two the big protagonist was Lieke Martens as the Dutch player made the assists. The fifth goal came in a cross from the left that Jenni Hermoso headed home, then a new cross from the left was deflected by Iris and it was the second own goal in the game. In the added time a corner-kick on the left was connected by Jenni Hermoso at the far post, the ball passed the goal line, but the referee gave the goal to Marta Torrejón, who pushed the ball in after a clearance from a defender.

The second half followed the same path though there were only two goals, Depor Ladies were conceding too much against a Barca that didn’t have mercy. After only five minutes, the locals already had three chances to score, and only the lack of aim was preventing more goals.

Jenni Hermoso had the first shot on target in the second half and Sullastres made the save (55’).  In the next play, the Catalans scored the eighth goal. Jenni Hermoso released the cross from the left and Alexia Putellas scored her hat-trick heading the ball at the box.

The first substitution was the entry of Helena Torres for Carlota Sánchez, then Tati Barcia debuted with the first team replacing Michelle Romero. The pace of the game became lower, because the Catalans weren’t having as many occasions as in the previous minutes. The clearest one at the middle of the half was a strong shot of Losada that was saved by Sullastres (71’).

A second player making her debut with the first team was defender Sara Álvarez, who replaced Eva Dios. With the game already decided, the only chance for Barca within the last fifteen minutes was a strong shot of Vicky Losada that went over the crossbar (83’).

There was a ninth goal and it arrived in the added time, and it was a polemic call after the referee whistled a doubtful foul of Villegas over Jenni Hermoso at the left side of the area. Hermoso herself scored from the spot.

MATCH STATISTICS
Barcelona: (4-3-3) Paños – Graham (Mariona 61’), Melanie, Losada, Marta Torrejón (Crnogorčević 71’) – Alexia Putellas (Aitana 71’), Hamraoui, Pereira (Leila 61’) – Mapi León (Codina 61’), Jennifer Hermoso, Martens.
Deportivo: (4-3-3) Sullastres – Cris, Iris, Patri López, Villegas – Lady Andrade, Bedoya, Carlota (Helena 66’) - Eva Dios (Sara Álvarez 86’), Peke, Michelle Romero (Tati 68’).
Goals: 1-0: (9’) Mapi León, 2-0: (17’) Villegas (o.g.), 3-0: (31’) Alexia, 4-0: (33’) Alexia, 5-0: (36’) Hermoso, 6-0: (41’) Iris (o.g.), 7-0: (45+1’) Torrejón, 8-0: (57’) Alexia, 9-0: (90+1’) Hermoso (penalty)
Referee: Paola Cebollada López. No cards were shown.
Venue: Johan Cruyff stadium (864)
 

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