Chelsea Ladies are into the quarter-finals of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League after beating Rosengard Women 1-0 in Malmo in the second leg of their Last 16 tie.
Leading 3-0 from the first leg, Emma Hayes’ side were understandably the overwhelming favourites to progress and The Blues won the return leg courtesy of a Ji So-Yun goal.
Both sides went close to opening the scoring early in the match with Ji curling an effort wide while Sanne Troelsgaard did the same at the other end. Ji then forced a superb save from home keeper Zecira Musovic with a well-struck free-kick before Ramona Bachmann fired over after connecting with a corner kick.
Chelsea continued to push for their fourth goal of the tie and Maren Mjede failed to hit the target with a shot while fellow defender Gilly Flaherty headed wide after connecting with another dangerous set-piece.
Hayes’ side took the lead early in the second half when Crystal Dunn played a pass to Ji and the striker fired the ball into the back of the net courtesy of a wicked deflection off Glodis Viggosdottir.
The goal did not end Chelsea’s attacking play and Bachmann saw an effort go wide before Musovic denied Mjedle with a good save from a header. The Rosengard keeper was kept busy and prevented both Bachmann and Mjelde from adding to The Blues’ lead late on before turning a Fran Kirby effort over the bar as the match ended 1-0.
Chelsea now go into the draw for the quarter-finals for the first time in their history with the next round of ties taking place in 2018.