Chelsea Women’s Team Knocks Out Holders Lyon to Reach Champions League Semifinals
Chelsea’s women’s team reaches the semifinals of the Women’s Champions League after defeating champions Lyon in a penalty shootout following a stunning second leg at Stamford Bridge. With VAR-awarded penalty from Maren Mjelde in the final extra-time kick, the match ended in a 2-2 tie, leading to spot kicks after Chelsea’s 1-0 win in the first leg.
Chelsea’s goalkeeper, Ann-Katrin Berger, was the hero, setting up a semifinal match with Barcelona by saving Wendie Renard and Lindsey Horan’s penalties during the shootout. The match was a thriller with endless chances, from Delphine Cascarino’s stinging shot three minutes in to Lyon’s missed headed chances. Lyon wasted no time bringing Ada Hegerberg at halftime, even though she has only played 20 minutes this season.
The game was much more even after the break with Chelsea creating a couple of chances amid injuries that forced both Melanie Leupolz and Eve Perisset to quit playing within five minutes of each other. In the 200th minute of the tie, Magda Eriksson’s failed clearance skewed at the feet of Sara Dabritz for the Lyon midfielder to fire low across Berger’s goal and find the bottom corner, leading Lyon to take the lead for the first time on the aggregate.
Chelsea clinched the match by scoring four penalties in the shootout, with Maren Mjelde, Sam Kerr, Jorginho, Hegerberg, and Jessie Fleming all converting their penalties.
In the other semifinal, VfL Wolfsburg played out a draw with PSG earlier on Thursday to go through 2-1 on aggregate, setting up a match with Arsenal for the Germans.
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