Second European final awaits Nigerian after Calatans’ semi-final victory over French giants
Asisat Oshoala was in action for Barcelona as she progressed to the UEFA Women’s Champions League final, following a 2-1 semi-final second leg triumph over Paris Saint Germain on Sunday.
The Nigeria international was in the 1-1 draw in the first leg against the French giants a week ago, after returning from a month-long spell on the sidelines with a foot injury.
In Paris, Jenni Hermoso gave the visitors a lead in the 13th minute but Marie-Antoinette Katoto leveled things a few moments later to force a dead end to go to the Georges Lefevre municipal stadium.
In the reserve draw, the ladies of Lluis Cortes knew a win will guarantee a second final in three consecutive attempts and Leila Ouahabi placed Lieke Martens to open the lead in the eighth minute.
Despite their slim lead, Barcelona maintained massive attacks and found the back of the net as Martens doubled the lead with his brace on assist from Caroline Graham Hansen in the 31st minute.
PSG, however, mounted the pressure and finally found an answer when Marie-Antoinette Katoto withdrew one three minutes later.
After the break, both sides created several chances, including via substitute Oshoala, but couldn’t add more as the hosts claimed victory at Ciudad Deportiva Real Madrid Campo.
The result means the Catalans have reached the final of the competition, where they face the winner between English club Chelsea and German giants Bayern Munich on May 15.
Oshoala was in action for the last 11 minutes of the game after replacing Aitana Bonmati in the 79th minute.
In her debut season, the Nigerian made history by becoming the first African to score in the Champions League final and also the Catalans’ first in 2019, after a 4-1 loss to Lyon.
This season, the Super Falcons star has also achieved another historic feat, scoring Barcelona’s 100th Champions League goal in their quarter-final victory over Manchester City at Monsa.
With four Champions League goals this season so far, Oshoala hopes to celebrate his first European title later this month.
However, his immediate task will be to add to his tally of 15 league goals for Barcelona to surpass their 20 goal mark last season.