Among other news around women’s football today, Women’s Champions League returns with a bang this week, with some initial updates!
The UEFA Women’s Champions League aka UWCL finally resumed this week to commence this new 2021-22 season.
The competition has undergone a reform this season to include group stages and this updated structure hasn’t disappointed us.
There is a game at hand now for all 16 participating clubs and that includes seasoned teams and complete newcomers.
Barcelona vs Arsenal promised to become the headline fixture while Bayern Munich received a surprise result.
Arsenal’s trip to holders Barcelona was the fixture that fans were anticipating the most on matchday one.
Next, exciting games with big names like PSG vs Real Madrid and Chelsea vs Juventus are all coming up soon.
But already, across just eight games finishing so far, the UWCL has witnessed a net of 25 goals this season.
Football Today – Women’s Champions League Returns with a Bang
Barcelona beat Chelsea 4-0 in the Women’s Champions League final in May (football results) and they became Europe’s best team.
While the men’s first team at Camp Nou may well be in dire straits, the women’s Barcelona team is thriving. In fact, they may just be the best team in this season of Women’s Champions League, as in the last.
For instance, Barcelona’s women took to the pitch to start their title defense on Tuesday with full flow against Arsenal.
Here, as with Chelsea in the 2020-21 final, they won with four goals, cruising 4-1 past Arsenal in this opener.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich received a shock from Champions League newcomers – Portugal – well rather, the women footballers from Portuguese club Benfica.
It was an historic night in Portugal on Tuesday. Benfica participated in the group stages of the competition in what is just their fourth ever season.
And for an even more daunting opening challenge, they took on last season’s semi-finalists Bayern Munich.
Still, they showed why people should begin to get excited about Portuguese football. That’s because Benfica ended in a goalless draw with the German champions, scoring no goals but, crucially, conceding none either.
Elsewhere, in Group A, last year’s finalists, Chelsea, fought with two-time winners Wolfsburg. And Wolfsburg lived up to its billing, while Chelsea’s defence shook, in this match that drew 3-3.
On the other hand, Lyon have started their campaign strong again, with Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Hacken.