The 2018/2019 campaign saw Chelsea make history as they secured their place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the first time.
The quarter-finals saw The Blues take on French club Paris Saint-Germain over two legs. Second half goals from Hannah Blundell and Erin Cuthbert had given Chelsea a 2-0 victory from the first leg at Kingsmeadow.
FA Women’s Super League Full-Time look back at the second leg in what was an occasion packed full of drama for Emma Hayes’ side at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris.
With the home side having it all to do to turn the tie around, they were naturally the dominant force in the first half but they struggled to severely test Chelsea keeper Ann-Katrin Berger. Marie-Antoinette Katoto was guilty of some wayward finishing while Ashley Lawrence also wasted a good opportunity by firing into the side-netting.
Disaster struck early in the second half when Paris Saint-Germain did have the ball in the net. Lawrence put a dangerous ball into the box and Kadidiatou Diani was there to slide it home and reduce the arrears for the home side.
Chelsea’s advantage was soon to be completely wiped out. Berger collected the ball from a corner kick but a rare blip for the German saw her fumble it over her own goal-line.
The Blues keeper then made up for her error by saving a Lawrence effort before Shuang Wang curled an effort wide.
Chelsea found extra strength during the last 10 minutes and Magda Eriksson saw an effort hacked away by the home defence before Hayes’ side made the breakthrough when Karen Carney crossed for Maren Mjelde to net the winner by expertly guiding the ball home.
The hosts desperately searched for two quick goals to save their hopes of qualification but the game was over, Chelsea had secured their place in the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the very first time.
The Blues’ reward for their 3-2 aggregate success was a two-legged tie against European champions Lyon.