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Barca romp to Spanish cup on women's quadruple charge

Football 2024-05-19, 11:30pm


 Barcelona,  19 May- Barcelona hammered Real Sociedad 8-0 on Saturday to win the women's Copa de la Reina for a record-extending 10th time and continue their pursuit of a quadruple.

Ona Batlle sent the Spanish champions ahead in Zaragoza after just five
minutes and Salma Paralluelo soon headed home the second.

Caroline Graham Hansen continued her superb season by adding the third from
close range after 19 minutes.

The Norwegian winger quickly added her second with a cool finish as merciless
Barcelona kept the pressure up.

Full-back Batlle netted her second for Barcelona's fifth before the break.

Barca coach Jonatan Giraldez took off Ballon d'Or winner Aitana Bonmati at
half time, but Real Sociedad's misery did not let up -- she was replaced by
two-time winner of the award Alexia Putellas.

Barcelona continued to expand their advantage, with Mariona Caldentey netting
a brace while Claudia Pina was also on target.

The Catalans' eight goals scored is a record in Copa de la Reina finals,
beating their own 6-1 victory over Huelva in 2022.

"Today's work is done, but the season's is not -- we still have a final to
go," said Caldentey.

Giraldez's side clinched Liga F for the fifth consecutive season with four
games to spare and won the Spanish Super Cup in January.

The one target remaining is a potential third Champions League triumph when
they face French giants Lyon in the final on May 25 in Bilbao.

Last season Barcelona fell short of the quadruple after being expelled from
the Copa de la Reina for fielding an ineligible player -- Atletico Madrid
went on to lift the trophy.

Victory over Real Sociedad means Barcelona have won the Spanish cup four
times in the last five years.

Coach Giraldez is leaving at the end of the season with his final match the
Champions League final clash against Lyon.

The Copa de la Reina is his ninth trophy at the helm out of a possible 11.