Barça strikes down Real to lift the Queen’s Cup

Giráldez’s men score in La Romareda and sign the national treble one week before the Champions League final


Barça Femenino defeated Real Sociedad with authority (8-0) this Saturday to win the Queen’s Cup for the tenth time, a title that represents the national treble this season with a new exhibition at the La Romareda Stadium in Zaragoza, with very high motivation one week before the Champions League final.

The Barça team fulfilled its favoritism and took out of the equation a Real team that wanted to be brave but paid for its mistakes and saw its plan cut short very soon. After five minutes, Barça took the lead, adding the Cup to the F League and the Super Cup, before facing Olympique Lyon next Saturday in the Champions League final that will be hosted by San Mamés (Bilbao).

At half an hour, the final was ready for decision (5-0). Barça suffocated with their high pressure and punished the errors of a Real team that wanted to play from behind and failed against a fearsome rival. Jonatan Giráldez’s men took revenge for being eliminated in the Cup last year due to improper alignment and passed over Real.

With some suspense due to the VAR review, Ona Batlle opened the scoring after five minutes, beating the rival defense. Shortly after, Salma Paralluelo had the honor of scoring the second in her house, which gave way to Graham’s double and another one from Batlle. La Real was far from stealing the ball from the culé team and found themselves trapped and struck down with goals in half an hour.

The ‘txuri-urdin’ fans tried to accompany their fans, suddenly awakened from the dream they had made on their way to the final. After the break, Giráldez began to think about the continental final, removing Aitana Bonmatí for Alexia Putellas and shortly after Salma Paralluelo and Patri Guijarro, but Barça continued with their sharp fangs to expand their advantage.

The script was the same, with the sixth from Mariona and the seventh, also with some VAR, from Claudia Pina. Natalia Arroyo also moved her bench, but Mariona’s double came to make it 8-0, which already calmed the Barça hunger for the final half hour. There was no rival for Barça, who excelled in front of the good entrance of La Romareda, more than 25,000 spectators.

Queen Letizia presented the trophy to Alexia Putellas in the box, before going down to celebrate with her teammates another success for an insatiable Barça. With little time for partying, Giráldez’s team are now aiming to defend the Champions League in their fifth final in the last six years, in search of their third European crown.

–RESULT: FC BARCELONA, 8 – REAL SOCIEDAD, 0. (5-0, at halftime).

FC BARCELONA: Sandra Paños; Bronze (Torrejón, min.63), Paredes, Engen, Ona Batlle; Patri Guijarro (Walsh, min.55), Aitana (Putellas, rest), Pina; Graham Hansen (Brugts, min.68), Salma Paralluelo (Rolfo, min.55) and Mariona.

REAL SOCIETY: Elene Lete; Emma Ramírez (Viles, min.81), Aparicio (Etxezarreta, min.71), Manuela Vanegas, Iris Arnaiz (Owusus, min.59), Bernabé (Marcos, min.59); Andreia Jacinto, Franssi, Nerea Eizaguirre; Jensen (Navarro, min.71) and Amaiur.

0 – 1, min.5, Batlle.

0 – 2, min.13, Paralluelo.

0 – 3, min.19, Graham Hansen.

0 – 4, min.26, Graham Hansen.

0 – 5, min.33, Batlle.

0 – 6, min.48, Marion.

0 – 7, min.52, Pina.

0 – 8, min.58, Marion.

–REFEREE: Gil Soriano (C.Gallego). No reprimands.

–STADIUM: La Romareda, 25,617 spectators.