UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinals in full as Chelsea and Barcelona set to renew hostilities

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UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinals in full as Chelsea and Barcelona set to renew hostilities

Ayoola Kelechi 00:35 - 29.03.2024

The stage is set for the last four battle in the UEFA Women's Champions League

The UEFA Women’s Champions League has reached the semifinal stage, setting the stage for high-stakes encounters and thrilling football action including a repeat of last year’s cracking semifinal encounter between Barcelona and Chelsea.

Chelsea advance despite draw

Chelsea secured their spot in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semifinals despite a 1-1 draw at home against Ajax. Mayra Ramirez's first-half goal was cancelled out by Chasity Grant's equaliser for Ajax, but Chelsea advanced with a 4-1 aggregate win following their 3-0 victory in the first leg.

Despite the draw, Emma Hayes' side demonstrated resilience and composure to progress to the next stage of the competition.

Lyon dominate Benfica

Lyon, the eight-time champions, clinched a convincing 4-1 victory against Benfica, with braces from Delphine Cascarino and Kadidiatou Diani. Lyon's comprehensive win ensured a 6-2 aggregate triumph and a place in the semifinals.

The French powerhouse displayed their attacking prowess and defensive solidity to overpower Benfica and maintain their pursuit of European glory.

Barcelona and PSG also seal progression

Barcelona overcame a spirited challenge from SK Brann to win 3-1 at home, securing a 5-2 aggregate victory. Aitana Bonmati opened the scoring with a superb effort, followed by Fridolina Rolfo and Patricia Guijarro adding to Barcelona's tally.

PSG cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over BK Hacken, increasing their aggregate advantage to 5-1. Both Barcelona and PSG showcased their quality and determination to secure their places in the semifinals.

Semifinal matchups revealed

The semifinal draw has set up tantalizing matchups for fans. Chelsea will face reigning champions Barcelona in a highly anticipated showdown. Barcelona had knocked Chelsea out at the same stage last season, setting the stage for a thrilling encounter between two of Europe's top clubs. The clash promises to be a battle of tactics, skill, and determination as both teams vie for a place in the final.

On the other side of the draw, French rivals Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain will clash for a spot in the final. This ensures that at least one French side will feature in the championship match, adding extra intrigue to the competition. Lyon's rich history in the competition contrasts with PSG's ambition to claim their maiden Champions League title, making this semifinal encounter a compelling spectacle for fans.

Anticipation builds for UWCL semifinals

With the semifinal ties now confirmed, anticipation is building for what promises to be a captivating stage of the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

The battles between Europe's top clubs will showcase the finest talents in women's football as they vie for continental glory. Fans can expect thrilling encounters, tactical masterclasses, and unforgettable moments as the journey to the final reaches its climax.

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