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Barcelona draw Frankfurt in Women’s Champions League group stage

Barcelona players celebrate with the UEFA Women's Champions League trophy in June. Photo: Maurice Van Steen / ANP / AFP

Women’s Champions League holders Barcelona were placed in a pool with four-time winners Eintracht Frankfurt while English champions Chelsea were matched with Real Madrid in the group-stage draw on Friday.

In Group A, Barcelona were also drawn with Benfica and Rosengard, two teams they faced at the same stage last season. Barcelona won all four games, beating Benfica by an aggregate of 15-2 and the Norwegians by 10-1 over the two matches.

Barcelona, European champions in two of the last three seasons and Spanish campions for the last four years, are top of La Liga F after winning their first five matches, ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.

As they won their last match away to Atletico Madrid, their line-up contained six players from the Spain team that won the World Cup Final in August, as well as two members of the losing England side.

The only English representative, Chelsea, Super League Champions the last four seasons but losers in their only European final appearance, to Barcelona in 2021, have been drawn by another club chasing a first title, Real Madrid. 

Swedes Hacken, who have not progressed past the quarter-finals, and debutantes Paris FC, who upset twice champions Wolfsburg in qualifying round, fill out Group D.

Group C is also made up of big clubs with their noses pressed up against the glass of the Champions League trophy cabinet — Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma and Ajax.

In Group B, Lyon, who have won the competition a record eight times, drew Slavia Prague, Saint Poelten and Brann.  

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