FC Barcelona Femeni looks better than ever, with another 0-6 victory under their belt at the third week of Primera Iberdrola. The defending champions sit comfortably on top of the table before they leave for international duty. The goal scorers were Asisat Oshoala, Kheira Hamraoui, Alexia Putellas, Mariona Caldentey, Caroline Graham Hansen and Bruna Vilamala.
In this editorial review, our top editors will review the team’s performance against Huelva.
Just another day at the office
Sporting’s pitch has been one of the hardest visits in the last years for Barça. Perhaps because of the quality of the pitch (this year upgraded to “decent turf”) perhaps because of the heat of the Spanish South, Barça always struggles to win as visitors. However, with total control of the game, Barça won yet again by 6 while keeping a clean sheet. There isn’t much else to say, the Culers controlled the game as usual, and the few chances their rivals had were deactivated either by the defense (good game of Andrea Pereira I must add), or great saves from Cata Coll.
No need to panic, hence, due to the absences of Leila, Paños or Jenni. We have amazing players to substitute them with guarantees. The highlight of the game, besides Alexias’ 120th goal for Barça, is that the game had supporters on the stands. For those who had to watch from home, it added a comic aspect to the game, as we could follow some conversations from the supporters (kudos to the woman shouting people to cover their nose with the mask!). For a country in desperate need of good news, I am happy to see that some people could enjoy Barça’s beautiful football on site.
Laia’s Player of the match: Alexia Putellas. She scored a beauty to make 120 goals with Barça, which positions her as the second highest scorer in Barça’s history, just 3 goals away from Sonia Bermúdez. Not only did she score a beauty, but she also assisted Bruna Vilamala in her first official goal with the first squad. A quiet leader and a great example for future generations.
An unforgiving Barça
16 goals in just three league games before the international break, Barcelona showed once again why they are the current league champions. It was a very different match from the game that the blaugranas won by only one goal last season at Huelva. This time around, Barça knew it wouldn’t be easy but being up by three goals before the end of the half shows their drive to win. The team has won the first four matches of this season with a difference of at least four goals and have yet to concede.
Last season they were ruthless at the Johan Cryuff stadium, and it looks like this season they want to do the same away from home, having won both away games by four or more goals. Huelva today had no other option than to play with their entire team in the defence to have any chance of stopping Barcelona from scoring. In the few times that the home team did try to score, Cata Coll was there, coldblooded and ready to protect her clean sheet. The absences of Jenni Hermoso and Sandra Paños weren’t even noticed. The cherry on top of the game was young player Bruna Vilamala getting on the scoresheet for the first time with the senior team.
Natalie’s Player of the Match: Alexia has been showing more and more that she deserves to be recognized as one of the best midfielders in the world. Not only was her goal incredible; chipping the goalkeeper from the edge of the box and getting her third goal in three games, but she also assisted Bruna’s goals with a defence-splitting pass. She led the midfield alongside Patri and Vicky to create dangerous chances on goal and was able to use her great footwork to break through Huelva’s defence.
A spectacular performance
Barça Femeni won 6-0 against Sporting Huelva, this is their 3rd Consecutive Liga win. The team had a very strong start with their first corner coming within minutes, the corner was quickly taken, and the shot hit a Sporting defense, and the ball ended up again in a corner. The start was high on the pressure as always, and it rewarded the team with another early goal coming from Asisat Oshoala. It started with a great filtered pass from Mariona to Oshoala inside the area and the Nigerian forward hit the short post with her right to beat the goalkeeper. Within a few minutes, the French midfielder Kheira Hamraoui used a commotion in the Sporting Huelva area to her full use and scored Barça’s second goal. Barça completely dominated the game, while Sporting Huelva tried to defend itself as best it can in the first half. As a result, they created many more close chances that were either cleared or saved, but the pressure was very high. Just before the half time, Alexia Putellas got on the scoring sheet with her historic 120th goal. She controlled the left area of attack, looked up, drilled the ball and placed it in Chelsea’s left side to make it 3-0 for Barça before half time.
The second half saw Barça’s forward Mariona Caldentey expand the lead within 10 minutes. The Barça forward headed a corner cross from the left and surpassed Chelsea to make it 4-0. Barcelona is exalted to have Alexia, Aitana and Vicky who can make defence-splitting passes at regular intervals. The Barça winger Graham Hansen took advantage of a ball inside the area to place the ball to the right of the goalkeeper at 76′ minutes. Within barely a minute we got a debut scorer on the scoreboard with the goal coming from Bruna Vilamala. The youngster was not nervous and looked in her zone as she scored her first in Las Azulgrana’s senior jersey. Barça prevailed with a new 0-6 win, making it 3 games in the row, scoring 16 goals, conceding none and getting 9 out of the possible 9 points making them the league toppers.
Afreen’s Player of the match: Alexia Putellas. She scored her 120th goal as a Barça player today making her the 2nd highest scorer in this history of Barça Femeni. In a pure Cortés fashion, we have a healthy squad rotation. The squad depth allows Cortes to rotate players without losing any quality. It enables them to play high pressure throughout the 90′ minutes without being dependent on any one player. That is the reason why the team has scored so many goals and have conceded none. There are always fresh pairs of legs at the field with ample time given to the youth players.