Chelsea FC Women are into the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League for a second consecutive season after beating French club Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.
The Blues travelled to their second leg tie in Paris this evening with a 2-0 advantage. The home side levelled matters with two second half goals before Maren Mjelde won the tie for Chelsea at the death.
The first half was short on goalmouth action but high on effort. The Blues didn’t really create any chances of note during the opening 45 minutes but the home side went close with efforts from Ashley Lawrence and Marie-Antoinette Katoto.
Chelsea’s hopes of qualification took a blow just after the break when Kadidiatou Diani met Lawrence’s low cross and directed the ball beyond Blues keeper Ann-Katrin Berger into the net.
Eight minutes later, matters got worse for Emma Hayes’ side when Berger fumbled the ball into her own net to hand PSG a level footing in the tie with more than half an hour remaining.
Berger soon made up for her error when she clawed a Lawrence cross away to safety before Shuang Wang curled an effort just wide for the home side. Jess Carter also cleared the ball off her own goal-line as The Blues hung on.
The game looked destined for extra-time until Mjelde tapped in the winner from a Karen Carney cross in injury time to hand Hayes’ side a semi-final date against tournament favourites Lyon.
Chelsea are back in action on Sunday when they face West Ham United Women at Kingsmeadow.