Chelsea Ladies have taken a huge step towards the last eight of the UEFA Women’s Champions League with a 3-0 victory over Swedish club Rosengard in the first leg of their last 16 tie at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday evening.
Fran Kirby, Ramona Bachmann and Gilly Flaherty got the goals as Emma Hayes’ side recorded a hugely impressive victory on a historic night in Kingston upon Thames.
Katie Chapman went close for The Blues early in the match while South Korean ace Ji So-Yun saw her effort deflected onto the bar. Flaherty also nearly bundled a shot into the net as Chelsea were hugely unfortunate not to score.
Bachmann then forced a save from visiting keeper Zecira Musovic while Blues full-back Maria Thorrisdottir was unable to direct a close range effort on target. Chapman again tested Musovic before Ella Masar went agonisingly close to opening the scoring for the visitors at the other end.
Ji twice went close to scoring either side of a Chapman effort before Chelsea finally broke the deadlock when England international Kirby cleverly beat Musovic after breaking free of the Rosengard defence. Kirby went close to doubling her tally on two occasions before the break but the half ended 1-0 to The Blues.
The second half saw Millie Bright clear a Hedvig Lindahl punch off the line while the Swedish keeper was kept busy with some routine action.
Chelsea notched their second goal of the match when former Rosengard player Bachmann found the back of the net just after the hour with an effort which flew across Musovic.
It was soon 3-0 to Hayes’ side when the visitors failed to clear the danger provided by a free-kick and defender Flaherty fired the loose ball into the net.
Magda Eriksson almost made it four late on but was unable to beat Musovic as the match ended with a three-goal advantage for Chelsea.
The second leg takes place in Malmo in seven days time.