Barcelona Women will face the second leg of their Women’s Champions League quarter-final matchup against Roma Women, which will occur at Camp Nou on Wednesday.
In the first half of the game at Stadio Olimpico, Barcelona showed their dominance over Roma with a well-deserved lead, thanks to Salma Paralluelo’s impressive low strike from the edge of the box.
This was a crucial win for Jonatan Giraldez’s side, as they quickly turned their attention to the Clasico on Saturday, which was decided by Fridolina Rolfo’s penalty.
Barcelona’s 1-0 victory over their rivals Real Madrid in the Clasico maintained their 100% record in La Liga this season, moving them 13 points clear at the top of the table. With such a comfortable lead, it’s no surprise they’re already setting their sights on the Champions League.
Barcelona has won all three of their home Champions League games this season with a combined 18-0 scoreline, giving them the confidence they need to sweep past Roma and set up a semi-final against either Chelsea or Lyon.
Barcelona Women UWCL Form: W L W W W
Last week, Roma made history as they welcomed a staggering 39,454 fans to Stadio Olimpico. Despite a valiant effort on the pitch, the Italian side faced a tough challenge against Barcelona.
While Roma didn’t play over the weekend, the extra rest may be useful as they face the daunting task of defending against Barcelona’s talented offence.
But, the Italian team should be proud of their European campaign so far, as they became the 55th team to reach the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals.
The odds may be against them, but Roma is determined to make history again by becoming the first women’s team since Bardolino Verona in 2008 to reach a European semi-final.
Roma Women UWCL Form: D L W W L
Mariona Caldentey and Claudia Pina are currently struggling with hamstring and ankle injuries and are unavailable for selection.
However, there is some positive news: Alexia Putellas has stepped up her recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. She returned to team training on Monday, which is a great sign of progress, but she is still unavailable for selection.
Unfortunately, Roma will be without Sophie Roman Haug for their upcoming match against Barcelona. The midfielder is sidelined after ankle surgery earlier this month, which is a significant blow for the team.
However, Benedetta Glionna made a positive impact when she came off the bench in the first leg, and she could be rewarded with a starting opportunity on Wednesday.
Barcelona Women’s expected starting lineup:
Panos; Bronze, Paredes, Leon, Rolfo; Bonmati, Walsh, Guijarro; Graham Hansen, Paralluelo, Geyse
Roma Women’s expected starting lineup:
Caesar; Bartoli, Wenninger, Linari, Minami; Glionna, Giugliano, Greggi, Haavi; Andressa, Giacinti
Head to Head
Barcelona Women and Roma Women faced off for the first time last week in the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals. The Spanish side came out on top with a 1-0 victory.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Wednesday, March 29
Time: 04:45 pm, UTC
Venue: Spotify Camp Nou stadium, Barcelona
Roma performed great in the first leg, but facing Barcelona Women at Camp Nou is a different challenge altogether.
Barcelona has a strong home record in the Women’s Champions League this season, winning all three home games by a combined 18-0.