Erin Cuthbert’s semi-final strike against Lyon named Women’s Champions League Goal of the Year

Three of Chelsea Women’s goals from the Champions League quarter-final onwards have been selected in the top 10.

Following on from the announcement yesterday that Erin Cuthbert, Millie Bright and Karen Carney are named in the Champions League all-star squad, Cuthbert, Ji So-Yun and Hannah Blundell’s wonder strikes have been ranked among the best from this season's competition.

Cuthbert’s goal away to Lyon in the first leg of the semi-final was named by the UEFA technical observers as the best goal, Ji’s free-kick at home to Lyon came seventh and Blundell’s effort against PSG ranked ninth.

The top 10 goals:

1. Erin Cuthbert (Lyon v Chelsea) – semi-finals
2. Dzenifer Marozsan (Wolfsburg v Lyon) – quarter-finals
3. Toni Duggan (Barcelona v LSK Kvinner) – quarter-finals
4. Fridolina Rolfo (Slavia Praha v Bayern Munchen) – quarter-finals
5. Katerina Svitkova (Slavia Praha v Bayern Munchen) – quarter-finals
6. Ada Hegerberg (Lyon v Barcelona) – final
7. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea v Lyon) – semi-finals
8. Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea) – quarter-finals
9. Hannah Blundell (Chelsea v Paris Saint Germain) – quarter-finals
10. Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg v Lyon) – quarter-finals

Here is a recap of the Blues’ strikes:

Erin Cuthbert versus Lyon away

The Blues were trailing 2-0 at half-time in the first leg at Groupama Stadium in front of a crowd of over 20,000 fans. Emma Hayes decided on a change of personnel by bringing on Beth England for Fran Kirby and she made an instant impact. Ji dinked a clever ball forward, England headed down into the pathway of Cuthbert who smashed a fine half-volley from the edge of the area which found the back of the net. Despite a narrow 2-1 defeat, the Scot's strike gave us hope going into the return leg at Kingsmeadow.

Ji So-Yun versus Lyon home

Similar to the first leg, we found ourselves trailing early on at Kingsmeadow. However, given Ji’s prowess from dead-ball situations, it did not take long for us to restore parity in the match. The South Korean clipped a spectacular free-kick over the wall and into the top corner to put us level at half-time.

Hannah Blundell versus Paris Saint-Germain home

With less than 20 minutes left on the clock, Blundell netted a delightful opener to put us in the ascendancy. There seemed little on for our right-back when she took possession on the corner of the penalty box, but she sent a looping left-footed effort over Christiane Endler and into the far corner.

The UEFA technical observers who picked the top 10 goals are Brent Hills, Jarmo Matikainen, Carolina Morace, Hope Powell, Anna Signeul and Monika Staab.

View all the goals on the UEFA Women's Champions League website here.

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