Rosa Kafaji etched her name into the headlines by scoring the decisive goal that propelled Swedish club Hacken into the quarterfinals of the Women’s Champions League with a 1-0 triumph over Real Madrid on Tuesday. The 20-year-old forward showcased her prowess by heading the ball into the top of the net after an hour in Madrid, securing Hacken’s place among the elite eight in the competition.
In an enthralling journey, Hacken now joins the likes of Chelsea, Lyon, defending champions Barcelona, Benfica, and Norwegian side Brann in the quarterfinals. The Swedish club demonstrated resilience and skill in Group D, finishing second behind Chelsea, who emphatically ended Paris FC’s aspirations with a resounding 4-0 victory in the French capital on the same day.
Paris FC had a slim chance to advance, requiring a victory over Chelsea – who were already through – and hoping Hacken stumbled against the already-eliminated Real Madrid. However, Chelsea took control early in their clash, with Jelena Cankovic setting up Fran Kirby for a header after just ten minutes. Mia Fishel added to the tally with a headed goal, marking her first Champions League goal, in the 37th minute.
The introduction of Guro Reiten off the bench added to Paris FC’s woes, as she tapped in the third goal after 74 minutes. Maren Mjelde’s exquisite flicked header five minutes later sealed Paris FC’s fate, ending their inaugural Champions League campaign.
Hacken’s journey, highlighted by Rosa Kafaji’s decisive goal, adds another layer of excitement to the upcoming quarterfinal clashes, making them a formidable contender in the Women’s Champions League.