Chelsea FC Women have taken a huge step towards the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League with a 2-0 quarter-final first leg victory over Paris Saint-Germain Feminines at Kingsmeadow this evening.
There was little to separate the two sides until Hannah Blundell and Erin Cuthbert netted late goals for The Blues.
The first half was a real battle with neither side really getting any clear sight of their opponents’ goal. Blues striker Cuthbert came closest to breaking the deadlock but PSG defender Irene Paredes got her body in the way of the Scot’s shot.
Goal machine Fran Kirby was introduced from the bench early in the second half and the England international was soon troubling the visitors’ defence. The 25-year-old dragged a shot across goal as Chelsea began to show more of an attacking threat.
PSG almost took the lead against the run of play when Ashley Lawrence took aim at goal but Blues keeper Ann-Katrin Berger pulled off a stunning save to prevent the ball from nestling in the back of the net.
Emma Hayes’ side took the lead 17 minutes from time when Blundell fired a stunning effort into the net from 20 yards out.
The opening goal settled any lingering Chelsea nerves and The Blues took a two-goal lead two minutes before time when Cuthbert struck with a clinical finish.
Chelsea will take their two-goal lead to France for the second leg on Wednesday.