Asisat Oshoala made history on Sunday as she became the first African to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League, following Barcelona’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Before now, the Nigeria international had made her first remarkable feat in 2019 when she became the first African to score in the European competition’s final, after scoring her team’s late consolation in their disappointing 4-1 loss to Lyon.
This time, the 26-year-old made a cameo return from injury to guarantee her side’s first-ever Champions League title exactly a week after they retained their Spanish diadem with eight games to spear.
Melanie Leupolz’s own goal gifted Barcelona a first minute lead, before Alexia Putellas doubled from the spot, then Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen’s first half strikes sealed the historic title victory for the Spanish outfit.
The English champions got off to an unfortunate start as Melanie Leupolz gifted the Catalans, the lead inside, the first minute, after mistaking turned the ball into her own net in an attempt to clear out Lieke Martens’ cross.
Moments later, Chelsea suffered another setback, conceding a penalty for a foul on Jenni Hermoso by Leupolz, and Alexia Putellas made no mistake to double Barcelona’s lead from the spot in the 14th minute.
Aitana Bonmati fined in the third, after receiving a brilliant pass from Putellas six minute later before Martens raced through from the left to set up Graham Hansen for a fourth of the match nine minutes from half time.
After the break, Barcelona held on to their comfortable lead despite the push for a comeback by Chelsea until Oshoala came as Hermoso’s replacement but could not find the net as her late effort was ruled out for offside.
Despite not getting on the scoresheet, the four-time African Women’s Player of the Year will be fulfilled to celebrate her first Champions League title, and also became the first from Africa to achieve the feat.
The European crown summed up her incredible season in Spanish football, scoring 22 goals in all competitions, and has now won seven silverware, including two league titles since arriving the country in January 2019.
With the Spanish and European titles in the bag, Oshoala will focus on adding the Copa de la Reina to her collection of silverware when they go up against Madrid in the semi-final on May 26.
Beyond that encounter, the Nigerian will look to add to her tally while Barcelona will aim to end the remainder of the remarkable Spanish campaign unbeaten with five games left to play this season.