The English club’s journey in the 2018/19 UEFA Women’s Champions League so far.
Chelsea Women are the only English representation left in the 2018/19 UEFA Women’s Champions League, after Man City Women were knocked out, here’s their journey so far.
Both Chelsea Women and Manchester City Women entered this season’s competition at the Round of 32 stage.
The Blues were drawn against SFK 2000 Sarajevo from Bosnia and Herzegovina, whilst Manchester City were matched against the Spanish Champions Atlético Madrid.
The first legs took place on Wednesday 12 September and Thursday 13 September and the return legs on Wednesday 26 September and Thursday 27 September.
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea Women earned a comfortable victory over SFK 2000 Sarajevo securing five away goals in the process. Finding the back of the net for Chelsea was Millie Bright (6′), Drew Spence (22′), Maria Thorisdottir (36′), Ji So-Yun (87′) and Adelina Engman (89′).
Manchester City Women had the more daunting task for their Round of 32 first leg travelling to Spain to face the title holders, Atlético Madrid.
It was Man City Women who took the lead in the 16th minute through a Gemma Bonner goal, a lead which they held up until the 89th minute when Kenti Robles equalised for the home side.
The second leg saw the travelling Atlético Madrid earn a 2-0 win over Man City (3-1 win on aggregate), to knock the English side out of the competition.
Chelsea headed into their second leg with a 5-0 lead on aggregate, but the goals did not stop there as the Blues won 6-0 at home (Drew Spence 4′, Fran Kirby 31′, 77′, Maren Mjelde 50′, Hannah Blundell 86′, Erin Cuthbert 90′), to bring the aggregate up to 11-0!
A look back at the 2017/18 UWCL:
Last year both Chelsea and Manchester City advanced to the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Man City met the current holders of the competition and French Champions, Olympique Lyonnais and Chelsea faced opposition from German club, VfL Wolfsburg.
Chelsea and VfL Wolfsburg are no strangers in this competition having met previously with Wolfsburg knocking the English club out of the tournament and it was to be a similar tale in the 2017/18 edition.
Chelsea were the home side for the first leg and things looked promising as Ji So-Yun gave the Blues an early lead in the 2nd minute. However, VfL Wolfsburg hit back with three goals to secure a 3-1 away win. In the second leg, the German side scored two goals (Harder 69′, Pajor 78′) with no response, sending Chelsea Women out of the competition 5-1 on aggregate.
Manchester City Women’s first leg was much more promising holding the European Champions Lyon to a goalless draw at the Academy Stadium.
The second leg in Lyon saw Manchester City Women’s former player Lucy Bronze deliver the heartbreaking blow scoring the only goal of the game to send City home.
Overall, the English clubs continue to make positive progress on the European stage, showcasing strong performances and moving closer to reach the final. The last time that a England team won this competition was in 2007 when Vic Akers led Arsenal Women to lift, what was then called, the UEFA Women’s Cup.
Along with improved performance and an increased profile, women’s football is also represented at the bookies where you can bet on markets like Top 2 Finish. For fans keen to back their team, there are sites that offer betting for free with UK bookmakers to support growing interest in the game.
Manchester City will now set their main focus on the English FA Women’s Super League, whilst Chelsea prepare for the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 16 stage in which they were drawn against the Italian club, Fiorentina.