Chelsea Women have reached the last-eight stage in European competition and a tie against Paris St-Germain.
Chelsea continued our recent winning run at the weekend, extending it to four matches courtesy of a hard-fought triumph over Durham which earned us an FA Cup semi-final trip to Manchester City next month. Prior to that we had defeated Liverpool, Bristol City and Arsenal.
Ji So-Yun scored the only goal of the game at New Ferens Park, with the artificial surface and blustery conditions making for a spectacle which some might say was one for the purists. In fact, the South Korean’s composed effort from close range was one of the few moments of class in the contest.
PSG are two points off the lead in France’s Ligue 1, trailing perennial champions Lyon despite only dropping points in two league fixtures this season, both 1-1 draws – one of which was against their long-term rivals. OL are also the only side to defeat them this term and, in the process, eliminating them from the Coupe de France at the start of February. Their most recent fixture was a 2-0 victory at Dijon on Sunday and, like the Blues, they are not in domestic action between the two legs of this tie.
ROAD TO THE LAST EIGHT
The Blues have recorded two thumping aggregate victories to reach the last eight. We took on SFK 2000 Sarajevo in the first round and a 5-0 victory in the first leg set us on our way and included a long-range belter from Millie Bright and first Chelsea goals for Maria Thorisdottir and Adelina Engman. That was followed by a 6-0 triumph at Kingsmeadow, when Fran Kirby netted twice, including her 50th goal as a Blue.
Next up was a meeting with Fiorentina and the Italian side were fortunate to leave our KT1 home with just a one-goal deficit, courtesy of Karen Carney’s penalty, as their goalkeeper, Stephanie Ohrstrom, played an absolute blinder. Her heroics were not repeated in Florence, though, as Kirby bagged a hat-trick and there were further goals for Drew Spence, Erin Cuthbert and Ramona Bachmann in another 6-0 victory. The only blot on our copybook was a red card for Bright which rules her out of tonight’s game. Anita Asante is also unavailable due to injury.
Paris Saint-Germain also made light work of their opponents in the first two rounds. Austrian side St Polten in were beaten 6-1 on aggregate, with four of those goals coming in the away leg, and then it was a tie against Swedish giants Linkopings, where Magda Eriksson and Jonna Andersson used to play. A 5-2 triumph across the two legs saw ensured they progressed with ease.
ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE
The winners of the Chelsea v PSG tie will go on to meet the team which progresses from Lyon v Wolfsburg and in their first leg, holders Lyon beat last year’s runners up 2-1 at home. Eugenie Le Sommer and Wendie Renard scored the first half for the French side but Nilla Fischer’s away goal in the second half keeps that tie well balanced.
Barcelona won their first leg at home by three goals to nil against Norwegian side LSK Kvinner, with England’s Toni Duggan twice on target. Slavia Prague drew 1-1 at home to Bayern Munich.
SECOND LEG TICKETS
As for previous European away games, fans of Chelsea Women intending to travel to the away Champions League game against Paris St-Germain are offered complimentary tickets for the match. Any supporters travelling to France for the game on Wednesday 27 March who wish to benefit from the complimentary tickets should fill in the form on this application page.
This will be the first time the clubs representing the capital cities of England and France square up to each other in women’s football, but we have previously taken on opposition from across the Channel in this competition. Indeed, it was at the same stage last season that we were drawn against Montpellier. Away goals from Ji and Cuthbert put us in the driving seat and then we rammed home our advantage in front of more than 3,000 supporters at Kingsmeadow, winning 3-1 thanks to a brace from Kirby either side of Bachmann’s wonderful curled effort. That took us into the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time in our history.