Chelsea FC Women have continued their impressive recent record in the UEFA Women’s Champions League with a 1-0 win over Fiorentina Femminile at Kingsmeadow this evening in their last 16 first leg tie.
Club captain Karen Carney struck the only goal of the game from the penalty spot after just nine minutes and The Blues held onto their slender advantage for the remainder of the match.
The decisive moment of the clash came when striker Erin Cuthbert attempted to cross the ball, however, her delivery struck the hand of a visiting defender. Experienced midfielder Carney stepped up to take the resulting penalty kick and made no mistake from 12 yards.
Chelsea were unlucky not to score a second goal as they came up against a goalkeeper in top form in Stephanie Ohrstrom. The Fiorentina stopper did superbly well to deny Blues striker Fran Kirby while she was alert to clutch a Millie Bright header just before the break.
Ohrstrom was in equally as good form in the second half as she saved well from a Madga Eriksson free-kick before pulling off an excellent block to deny Ramona Bachmann. The Swede’s tremendous double save then kept efforts from both Carney and Kirby out of the net.
The final chance of the match fell to Cuthbert but she failed to beat Ohrstrom as Chelsea had to make do with a one-goal advantage ahead of their trip to Italy for the second lag.