Chelsea have secured their place in the semi-finals of this UEFA Women’s Champions League following a 3-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg in the second leg of their quarter-final tie, with The Blues being the overall 5-1 winners on aggregate.
Goals from Pernille Harder, Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby sealed their place in the last four, following a convincing attacking performance at the Szusza Ferenc Stadion in Budapest.
Emma Hayes made five changes to the side that beat Aston Villa 2-0 at the weekend. Ann-Katrin Berger, Jonna Andersson, Harder, Melanie Leupolz and Sophie Ingle all returned to the starting XI while Niamh Charles missed out through suspension.
Chelsea started the game on the front foot and soon had a brilliant opportunity to take the lead. Wolfsburg defender Dominique Janssen’s under-hit pass went straight to Kirby and she ran at the opposition defence but couldn’t pick out Kerr or Harder as she delivered a dangerous through ball.
Wolfsburg threatened down the left minutes later with Janssen sending in a threatening cross but the ball was tipped away by Chelsea goalkeeper Berger and was then cleared away from danger by Magda Eriksson.
Referee Anastasia Pustovoitova made a huge call after 25 minutes when she awarded Chelsea a penalty, as Kerr was fouled on the edge of the area. Harder stepped up against her former side and sent goalkeeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek the wrong way to give Chelsea the lead.
Kerr doubled Chelsea’s lead on the half-hour mark when she superbly took down Millie Bright’s cross into the box. She turned Sara Doorsoun-Khajeh before striking the ball beyond Kiedrzynek into the bottom right corner.
Wolfsburg started the second half strongly in search of a lifeline. Alexandra Popp broke into the box with a brilliant solo run but lost her footing before Eriksson thumped the ball away.
Kirby sealed the game and the tie with 10 minutes to go as Chelsea found their third goal. The England international played a brilliant one-two with substitute Ji So-yun before she calmly finished through the legs of Kiedrzynek, giving her side a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Hayes’ side will now face either Bayern Munich or FC Rosengard in the semi-finals with the German side currently holding a 3-0 aggregate lead over their Swedish opponents. The semi-finals will be staged on 24/25 April and 1/2 May with the final set to take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 16 May.
Chelsea will now turn their attentions back to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this coming weekend when they take on strugglers Birmingham City at Kingsmeadow on Easter Sunday.