Pernille Harder scored for the second successive Women’s Champions League match as her aim helped Chelsea beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.
The world’s most costly feminine participant had netted a final-gasp equaliser towards Wolfsburg final week to safe a degree for Chelsea, and as soon as once more popped up with an important aim on Wednesday.
A blocked Sam Kerr effort deflected into her path, which Harder fired residence to safe Chelsea, who have been Champions League runners-up final season, their first three factors in Group A.
Emma Hayes’ aspect had taken the lead within the first half after a beautiful run from Erin Cuthbert noticed her end emphatically within the thirty first minute.
Joe Montemurro’s Juventus levelled up shortly after as Barbara Bonansea (37) turned residence a floated cross from Lisa Boattin, however it was Chelsea that took the factors again to London.
It sees Chelsea go second in Group A, behind Wolfsburg on aim distinction after their 5-0 win towards Servette FC. Juventus slip down to 3rd with three factors.
How Chelsea clinched victory in Turin
Chelsea started properly, though didn’t work goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin too typically. The Juventus defence did have her to thank although when Kerr’s cross was inadvertently deflected goalwards, however the goalkeeper was there to gather.
Soon after, Juventus missed a golden likelihood. It was an outstanding, floated ball in from the appropriate and Bonansea was there to flick a header goalwards. It had Ann-Katrin Berger scrambling however the effort simply lifted onto the highest of the online.
Juventus: Peyraud-Magnin (7), Lundorf (6), Gama (7), Salvai (7), Boattin (7), Rosucci (6), Pedersen (6), Cernoia (7), Bonansea (8), Girelli (6), Hurtig (7).
Subs used: Bonfantini (7), Lenzini (6), Caruso (n/a), Staskova (n/a), Zamanian (n/a).
Chelsea: Berger (7), Bright (7), Carter (7), Eriksson (7), Cuthbert (7), Leupolz (7), Ji (7), Reiten (6), Kirby (6), Kerr (7), Harder (8).
Subs used: Fleming (6), Ingle (6), Andersson (n/a).
Player of the match: Pernille Harder.
Just after the 30-minute mark and Chelsea went forward. It was a very fantastic aim from Cuthbert, who simply drifted previous Boattin and Martina Rosucci. With area to shoot, she then confidently dispatched the ball previous a stretching Peyraud-Magnin.
Lina Hurtig went near a right away equaliser, however was marked properly by Jess Carter as she sped down the left of the world. However, Juventus did quickly haul themselves stage. It was an exquisite floated cross from Boattin that picked out Bonansea, who slotted residence previous Berger, roaring the Juventus Stadium into life along with her celebration.
- Emma Hayes made eight modifications from the aspect that beat Leicester 2-0 on the weekend. Only Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson and Fran Kirby saved their locations within the beginning XI with a extra acquainted Chelsea XI being named in Turin.
Juventus started the second half with a penalty shout. Cristiana Girelli went down after a nudge from Magdalena Eriksson inside the world, however the referee waved away the claims. Shortly after, Harder despatched two fantastic efforts huge. The first got here after a darting run into the world, however may solely discover the again of the online on the improper aspect. She was then arrange by Guro Reiten however from a significantly better place, once more fired previous the submit.
Harder did finally discover the online within the 69th minute. Chelsea’s entrance three mixed splendidly too, with Fran Kirby initially discovering Kerr down the appropriate. The Australian’s effort was blocked, however the unfastened ball bobbled over to the ready Harder. She then fired residence with one other nice end to see Chelsea forward once more.
Five minutes later and Chelsea ought to have added one other. Kerr fired goalwards from simply outdoors the world, however a sensational, leaping save from Peyraud-Magnin despatched the ball onto the crossbar and huge.
Juventus turned up the warmth within the ultimate quarter-hour – Berger making a final-ditch cease on the close to submit in added time – however have been unable to discover a well beyond Chelsea’s defence.
Wednesday’s Women’s Champions League outcomes
- Juventus 1-2 Chelsea
- Wolfsburg 5-0 Servette
- PSG 5-0 Kharkiv
- Real Madrid 5-0 Breidablik
Player of the match – Pernille Harder
Harder has had an exquisite begin to the season, and confirmed precisely why she is so essential to Chelsea. She helped arrange Cuthbert’s opener, earlier than scoring the winner herself, carrying on her tremendous type. Her general attacking play made her a menace for Juventus and she or he definitely offered the profitable contact.
Chelsea response: Hayes and Harder
Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes stated: “I think the game had everything. It was quite scrappy, but once again, we showed the ability to adapt to the demands of the game. The performance from the team was mixed, but I felt we were resilient enough and took our chances when it mattered and that’s why we were on the winning team.
“She [Harder] had an excellent efficiency. I’ve stated this earlier than, she got here to the membership and to a troublesome nation, becoming a member of a crew that is already superb and she or he has taken us to a better stage. Her requirements day in, day trip needs to be what each younger individual ought to look as much as.
“She takes responsibility, she’s accountable, she’s there when it matters and she’s a key player for this team. I’m so delighted she’s part of our squad.”
Chelsea ahead Pernille Harder: “This is what every Champions League night should feel like. I don’t know how many people there were, but it [the stadium] felt full. It’s an unbelievable stadium, a great pitch and fans shouting.
“I want there had been Chelsea followers, however this time it was Juventus followers. But it was superb.”
Chapman: Much-needed win for Chelsea
Former Chelsea midfielder Katie Chapman on Sky Sports News:
“They actually wanted the win. I feel Juventus made it actually troublesome for them. At the top, they have been creating probabilities, they have been pushing ahead and so they actually put Chelsea underneath stress.
“I think they set up really well defensively tonight and made it really difficult for Chelsea. All the possession Chelsea had, they didn’t create many chances.
“There is nobody higher in Europe than Harder. She’s the one who crops up with the profitable targets, she’s that high quality of participant.”
Chelsea are again in motion on October 31 once they tackle Man City within the FA Cup semi-finals. They return to the Champions League on November 9 once they tackle Swiss aspect Servette FC.