Barcelona Femeni have been crowned champions for the third year in a row after beating Real Madrid 5-0 on Sunday at the Estadi Johan Cruyff.
The hosts were without a host of key players due to injuries, such as Mariona Caldentey, Asisat Oshoala, Lieke Martens and Irene Paredes, but still romped to victory.
Barcelona Femeni had won their first 23 La Liga games of the season and knew they could seal a third consecutive title if they beat Real. But they did not just beat Real. They thrashed their rivals 5-0 in a one-sided Clasico. Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas scored twice, while Patri Guijarro and Jenni Hermoso were on target too. There was also an own goal by Babett Peter.
Barca have now scored 136 goals in 24 matches and conceded just six.
They claimed the treble last season when they won La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa de la Reina. Having already clinched the Spanish Super Cup earlier this season, they are in contention for the quadruple this time around.
Later on Sunday, Putellas and Co visited the Nou Camp, where they paraded their trophy in front of fans ahead of the men’s match between Barca and Osasuna.
Barca had to wait until almost half-time before taking the lead when Alexia Putellas scored via a deflected shot from range on 41 minutes.
Two minutes later Alexia had struck again with a right-footed shot that flew across goal, past goalkeeper Misa and into the back of the net.
Barcelona’s third goal came on the hour from Patri Guijarro and was the pick of the bunch. The midfielder let fly with a rising shot from just outside the area that nestled in the top corner.
The champions didn’t stop there either. The fourth goal came from an own goal after a strong run and cross by Caroline Graham Hansen was turned into her own net by Madrid defender Babett Peter.
Jenni Hermoso then sealed the win by beating goalkeeper Misa at her near post with a fierce shot after great work from Alexia once again.
The win means it’s yet another title for this brilliant team who have won all 24 league games this season, scoring 136 goals along the way and conceding just six. It’s also the first trophy of what could be many with the team still in contention to do the treble again.
Barca Femeni go on to play Real Sociedad next in the quarter-finals of the Copa de la Reina, and then it’s Real Madrid again in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.