Chelsea have exited this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League at the semi-final stage after being defeated 3-2 on aggregate by reigning champions Lyon.
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Emma Hayes’ side battled bravely in the second leg but could only manage a 1-1 draw in-front of a sell-out crowd at Kingsmeadow.
French international striker Eugenie Le Sommer fired Lyon into a 1-0 lead after just 16 minutes but the hosts soon levelled matters courtesy of a sublime 20-yard free-kick from Ji So-Yun.
Lyon were close to extending their aggregate lead soon after half-time but home keeper Ann-Katrin Berger was on-hand to push Ada Hegerberg’s dangerous goal-bound effort to safety.
Karen Carney was then millimetres away from making it 2-1 to Chelsea on the day and 3-3 on aggregate when her vicious effort cannoned off the post before Millie Bright was unlucky not to score with a close range header.
Second half substitute Drew Spence struck an effort agonisingly wide in the latter stages of the match as The Blues’ European adventure came to an abrupt end at the semi-final stage for a second consecutive year.
Opponents Lyon’s reward for their 3-2 aggregate victory over The Blues is a tie against Barcelona in next month’s final in Budapest.