Barcelona won the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the very first time with a compelling, dominant display as they dismantled Chelsea .
The rout began after just a few seconds after Lieke Martens hit the bar and Chelsea failed to clear, with the unfortunate Melanie Leupolz getting the last touch.
And it was the Germany international who gave away the penalty to allow Alexia to double Barca’s lead in the 14th minute.
Goals from Aitana Bonmati and Caroline Graham Hansen followed before half-time.
Hayes took off Leupolz at half-time and replaced her with Guro Reiten, giving the team a little more width.
Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr both had good chances to get Chelsea on the board, even if it was unlikely that they could stage a comeback.
But Barcelona were not to be denied, remaining absolutely in control – and brought on former Arsenal stars Vicky Losada and Asisat Oshoala for good measure.
Emma Hayes and her side were left tearful and understandably massively disappointed at the final whistle, but Barcelona were deserving victors.