Lieke Martens leads and wakes up Barça (5-0)


Starting engines is always difficult. After the Christmas holidays, getting back to activity is tricky and sometimes cumbersome. Jonatan Giráldez’s Barça needed patience and tenacity to beat Sporting de Huelva (5-0) on the day they returned to work. With the first title of the season to play – the Super Cup, next week – Barça have approved the procedure and have added three more points that makes them continue to lead alone in the League.

The match began with Barça seizing the ball and following the script expected of the local footballers. Barça took control of the game while Sporting were content to defend on the block and try to press in order to steal the ball to make a counterattack. During the first 45 minutes, no chance of the visitors put the Catalan defense against the ropes.

Martens, team leader

After a short tussle with the defender, Lieke Martens finally tucked the ball home. The Dutchwoman has ruled the umpteenth Catalan opportunity to get the ball between the three posts and beat Chelsea, who has been the protagonist of the visiting team for ninety minutes. The superiority, which was very clear on the green, has not been reflected in the scoreboard and in the half the 1-0 prevailed in the bright on the way to locker rooms.

During the second half, Barça came again and again to the visiting goal, but on a few occasions they came close to the goal in the first minutes. Martens, the team’s leader in the Johan Cruyff Stadium match, widened the gap and gave Barça a chance. With insistence, the Dutchwoman beat Chelsea and scored Barça’s second goal before drawing a smile on the faces of the Catalans with their third goal in the match. From outside the area, Martens sent a pipe that the visiting goalkeeper could not help but see as he passed it mercilessly.

With the push from the front, everything has been easier and the locals have picked up a dizzying pace that has led to the fourth goal of Fridolina Rölfo’s boots from the left side. The fifth, which swallowed Chelasea attached to the stick, was the work of Alexia, who put the icing on the cake in the match with less crowds throughout the season (842 fans).


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