Thursday, 16 November 2017

Chelsea Ladies reach UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals for the first time


Ladies booked their place in the quarter-finals after securing a 1-0 (4-0 aggregate) win over Swedish club Rosengard on Wednesday. Emma Hayes' side came into their last-16 Champions League second leg with a 3-0 lead from the first leg, and proceeded to dominate the game in Malmo before Ji So Yun scored the away goal the Blues were looking for to settle the tie.

The 26-year-old forward netted with 35 minutes left on the clock, which sealed a 1-0 win on the night and a 4-0 aggregate victory that sends Chelsea Ladies into the quarter-finals of the competition for the first time.

The Blues - competing in their third successive European campaign - beat highly-rated Bayern Munich in the last 32 to set up a tie with Rosengard. Despite the experience of the Swedish side, goals from Fran Kirby, Ramona Bachmann and Gilly Flaherty at Kingsmeadow ensured that Hayes' side went into the second leg of the tie full of confidence.

Yun's strike on Wednesday then added gloss to the overall scoreline, and Chelsea will now feel optimistic they can see off their opponents in the quarter-finals - which will be played on 21 and 22 March - and reach the last four of the Champions League.

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