Blues cruise! Chelsea reach the Women’s Champions League semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg while Pernille Harder, Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby are all net … and Bayern Munich is next
- Chelsea beat Wolfsburg to advance to the Champions League semi-finals
- The Blues won the second leg 3-0 to give them a 5-1 overall victory
- Pernille Harder scored from eleven yards after Sam Kerr made an error
- Kerr then made it 2-0 four minutes later with a close-range finish
- Fran Kirby added a third in the 81st minute after a counterattack
Chelsea booked their place in the Women’s Champions League semi-finals when Pernille Harder chased old club Wolfsburg again.
The Blues came 2-1 in the first leg last week, but proved too much for their opponents in the second game at the Szusza Ferenc Stadium in Budapest.
Emma Hayes hailed the victory as a big day for women’s football in England, but insisted she wanted more as the Blues seek a historic quadruple.
Chelsea beat Wolfsburg 3-0 to secure their place in the Champions League semi-finals
Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr were both on target when they took control in the first half
Harder gave Blauw-Zwart a 1-0 lead when she converted a penalty after Kerr made a mistake
“It’s probably my favorite win,” Hayes said after the game.
‘We grow up in Europe. This isn’t just a win to get through to the semi-finals, it’s a nine-year project. It’s a really big day for women’s football in England, but it’s not enough, I want more. ‘
Harder and Sam Kerr were on target in the first leg and both forwards were engaged again, as they scored twice in four minutes to take control of the game before half time.
Kerr won a penalty in the 27th minute when she was bundled to the ground by Sara Doorsoun-Khajeh. Harder stepped up to send Katarzyna Kiedrzynek the wrong way and placed the ball in the lower left corner.
Ewa Pajor had missed a great opportunity to level immediately as she reached out to meet a cross at the back post, but she could only set her finish wide.
She had to pay for that miss, because Kerr made it 2-0. The Australian met Sophie Ingle’s cross in the penalty area and took two hits before turning and firing into the bottom right corner.
The striker put the ball in the lower left corner to send Katarzyna Kiedrzynek in the wrong direction
Kerr made it 2-0 four minutes later when she ran into a cross to turn around and finish in the box.
The Australian’s strike put Chelsea 4-1 ahead when they took control of the game
Fran Kirby lifted the ball over Kiedrzynek and made it 3-0 after a counterattack late in the game
Kerr’s goal meant Wolfsburg had to score four, but they failed to create anything remarkable in the second half and seemed vulnerable to counterattacks.
That vulnerability led Chelsea to score their third. Harder found Ji So-yun on the right, and she slid into it. Fran Kirby lifted the ball over Kiedrzynek.
The Blues will face Bayern Munich in the semi-final, with the German squad taking a 3-0 lead in their second leg match on Thursday.
Their progression means Emma Hayes’ squad is still on track for a historic quadruple bid.
Chelsea won the Continental Cup earlier this month and are two points wrong at the top of the WSL with the club yet to begin their FA Cup campaign for this season.