The Women’s Champions League group stage is almost over and there are just two spots left in the knockout rounds.
This season brought a lot of change to the continental competition with the introduction of qualifying and a group stage, having previously being a straight-knockout tournament. As a result, there have been a mixture of even matches between bigger sides and thrashings for the so-called minnows, some of whom are still semi-professional.
A total of 16 teams from 11 countries entered the 2021/22 Champions League group stage split into four groups of four, with 56 teams already falling out in the qualifying rounds (including Women’s Super League side Manchester City). Like the men’s Champions League, teams could not be placed in a group alongside clubs from their country, while the top two go will through to the quarter-finals.
Barcelona went into the competition as champions, beating Chelsea 4-0 in last season’s final to secure their first Champions League crown, and they have been perfect in their defence so far. The Blaugrana were placed in a group alongside WSL leaders Arsenal, Hoffenheim and HB Koge and won all six of their games to advance to the final eight, while the Gunners joined them having won four and lost two (to Barcelona and Hoffenheim). But Arsenal were left sweating, losing 4-1 to Hoffenheim in their final game when a defeat by five goals would have seen them out.
Runners-up Chelsea currently lead their group, with 11 points from their opening five matches, beating Juventus and Servette (twice including a 7-0 thumping) while drawing with Wolfsburg and Juventus. After the draw with Chelsea last time out, Juventus have taken the upper hand to sit second, three points behind the Blues and above Wolfsburg on head-to-head. Chelsea only need a point to finish top of the group but a defeat of more than two goals would see them out and Wolfsburg through, should Juventus beat Servette as is expected.
In Group B, PSG are through, beating Real Madrid (twice), Kharkiv (twice) and Breidablik with relative ease, scoring 19 goals and conceding zero. Real Madrid have also joined them in the quarter-finals, in their first season in the competition.
Meanwhile Lyon won Group D ahead of Bayern Munich, Hacken and Benfica, with the German side joining them in the quarter-finals.
Women’s Champions League group stage fixtures | Matchday 6 | Latest
Wednesday 15 December
Bayern Munich 4-0 Benfica
Lyon 4-0 Hacken
Barcelona 5-0 Koge
Hoffenheim 4-1 Arsenal
Thursday 16 December
PSG vs Breidablik (17:45 UK time)
Real Madrid vs Kharkiv (17:45 UK time)
Juventus vs Servette (20:00 UK time)
Wolfsburg vs Chelsea (20:00 UK time)
How to live stream the Women’s Champions League online:
US, Germany, Canada: DAZN
Rest of world: Fans of the Women’s Champions League can watch the tournament live on DAZN’s YouTube channel for free.