Chelsea Ladies are into the last 16 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League after beating German club Bayern Munich Frauen on away goals following a 2-1 defeat in Munich on Wednesday evening.
The Blues were leading 1-0 from the first leg before striker Fran Kirby gave Emma Hayes’ side a two-goal lead. Bayern fought back with late goals from Fridolina Rolfo and Lucie Vonkova but Chelsea held on.
The German club had the better of the opening exchanges Mandy Islacker came close to opening the scoring with a volley which sailed just over the bar.
Katie Chapman and Maria Thorisdottir then saw efforts miss the target at the other end before Bayern star Dominika Skorvankova also failed to find the back of the net as the half ended goalless.
The second half saw Leonie Maier miss another half chance to score for the home side before Chelsea took a huge step towards qualification on the hour when Ramona Bachmann set England international striker Kirby clear on goal and the player beat Manuela Zinsberger with a precise shot to give The Blues a 2-0 lead.
Bayern piled on the pressure as they searched for the three goals which they needed to advance into the last 16. Lineth Beerensteyn headed wide before the Germans equalised on the night with 14 minutes remaining when Rolfo netted from close range after Chelsea failed to clear a corner kick.
Lightening struck twice for the home side soon after when they took a 2-1 lead. The Blues again failed to clear a corner kick and Vonkova scrambled the ball into the net.
There were few nails left to chew in the away section of the ground but Chelsea hung on for a 2-2 draw on aggregate, a result which was enough to see them advance into the last 16.