Chelsea FC Women have qualified for the knockout stages of the FA Women’s Continental League Cup despite a penalty shootout defeat to Reading at Kingsmeadow this evening in their final group match.

The Blues were held to a 1-1 draw by Kelly Chambers’ side before losing the bonus point with a 4-2 penalty shootout defeat.

Reading took a surprise lead inside 15 minutes at Kingsmeadow when Jess Carter committed a foul and Jo Potter curled the resulting free-kick into the net.

Chelsea responded and Magda Eriksson could only divert an effort marginally wide before Beth England was denied by visiting keeper Rachel Laws.

The second half saw Potter again go close but this time Carly Telford got her fingertips to the midfielder’s free-kick.

Drew Spence then struck an effort just over the bar before Deanna Cooper and Carter were expertly denied by Reading keeper Laws.

Chelsea levelled matters 20 minutes into the half when Cooper took aim from 30 yards and the ball flew into the net.

Emma Hayes’ side pushed for a winner but the match ended 1-1 and the destination of the bonus point was to be decided by a penalty shootout.

England and Cooper both missed from 12 yards as The Blues ended the group stage with a 4-2 defeat.