Chelsea FC Women are out of this season’s UEFA Champions League after failing to beat reigning champions Lyon at Kingsmeadow this afternoon.

The Blues trailed 2-1 from the first leg and while they battled to a 1-1 draw in the second leg, it wasn’t enough to force extra-time.

Chelsea suffered an early blow when Eugenie Le Summer was given too much space in the box and the striker fired home to make it 3-1 on aggregate to the visitors.

Despite having failed to match their rivals domestically this season, The Blues have saved their best performances for European competition and they were some way from exiting the competition with almost 75 minutes left to play. Chelsea were to have their say just after the half-hour mark when Ji So-Yun stuck a superb equaliser with a stunning free-kick from the edge of the box.

Emma Hayes’ side pushed for the goal which would send the tie into extra-time in the second half and Karen Carney saw a low effort strike the post while both Millie Bright and Drew Spence went close to scoring.

Opponents Lyon have the mentality and focus of champions and they did a professional job in seeing out the game to bag an appearance in next month’s final against Barcelona.

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I am Dan Pentland football writer and reporter at various levels including the English Football League, FA Women's Super League and in UEFA and FIFA affiliated competitions. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk

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