Manchester City are on the brink of exiting the Women’s Champions League at the quarter-final stage after a 3-0 first-leg loss against Barcelona.
Asisat Oshoala opened the scoring in the 35th minute before Barca’s Mariona Caldentey netted a second-half penalty after Demi Stokes tripped Oshoala.
City’s Chloe Kelly missed a golden opportunity to halve the deficit seeing her 55th-minute penalty saved.
Jenni Hermoso tapped in a third late on after Alexia Putellas struck the post.
The second leg takes place at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium next Wednesday at 16:00 GMT.
City suffer without skipper Houghton
With England centre-back Steph Houghton out with an Achilles injury, City struggled defensively as goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck kept the English side in the tie in the first half.
Roebuck was at her best to deny Oshoala when through on goal before her opener and pulled off excellent diving saves to deny Aitana Bonmati and Putellas just before the break.
Barcelona were good value for their first-half lead through Oshoala’s first-time strike, but City did create a number of chances on the counter-attack.
Caroline Weir placed a tame effort straight at Barca keeper Sandra Panos and Kelly and Ellen White both failed to find the target from promising positions with the tie still goalless.
City boss Gareth Taylor will be left wondering what could have been had Kelly scored a crucial away goal to make it 2-1 after Lauren Hemp was brought down in the area.
More to follow.