Women’s Champions League: Chelsea hold firm but Manchester City struggle

Chelsea will take a one-goal lead into the Women’s Champions League quarter-final first leg after defeating Wolfsburg in Budapest.

It was the Germans who dominated but goals from Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder led them to a 2-1 win.

Wolfsburg twice hit the woodwork before Ewa Pajor’s bicycle kick was cleared off the line and a strong defensive display paired with some good saves from Ann-Katrin Berger saw Chelsea through.

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Chelsea opened the scoring in the 55th minute when Kerr finished after a superb Fran Kirby through ball and the lead was doubled when Harder scored against her old club.

Dominique Janssen scored what could prove to be a crucial away goal from the penalty spot but Chelsea survived a late onslaught to hold onto the win.

The two teams meet in the Hungarian capital next Wednesday due to coronavirus restrictions preventing Wolfsburg from travelling to the UK.

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Chelsea look like they will be England’s only representative in the semi-final if they progress though, after Manchester City fell 3-0 to Barcelona.

Asisat Oshoala opened the scoring before Mariona Caldentey’s penalty.

Chloe Kelly should have pulled a goal back for City but her penalty was saved before Jenni Hermoso made it three late on from close range.

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