Chelsea Ladies’ hopes of reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League have been given a huge boost after The Blues defeated German club Bayern Munich Frauen 1-0 in the first leg of their Round of 32 tie at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday evening.
Drew Spence netted the only goal after just 10 minutes and The Blues held firm for the remainder of the match to take a one-goal advantage into the return fixture in Germany.
Close season signing Maria Thorisdottir headed an early chance over the bar for The Blues before they opened the scoring with their first real attack of the match when neat play between Spence, Hannah Blundell and Ramona Bachmann resulted in the ball being played into Spence’s feet six yards out from goal and the player slotted an effort into the corner of the net.
Eight minutes later, Dominika Skorvankova saw a chance hit a Chelsea post as the visitors tried to find a way back into the match before Millie Bright headed just wide at the other end.
Melanie Behringer then fired wide for Bayern before Nicole Rosler’s thunderous effort was tipped over by Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl.
The second half saw the Swede again needing to be sharp to deny both Skorvankova and Fridolina Rolfo from levelling the scores before Melanie Leupolz and Skorvankova both fired efforts wide of the target.
Katie Chapman and Bright both failed to capitalise on rare sights of goal to test visiting keeper Manuela Zinsberger while Lineth Beerensteyn was just as wasteful for Bayern as the match ended 1-0 to Chelsea.
The second leg takes place in Germany next Wednesday and is scheduled to kick-off at 7pm.