Pernille Harder scored for the second consecutive Women’s Champions League match as her goal helped Chelsea Juventus met 2-1 to beat in Turin.
The world is the most expensive female player had netted An last-panting equalizer against Wolfsburg last week to secure a point for Chelsea, and once again popped up with a vital one goal on Wednesday.
A blocked attempt by Sam Kerr was in hair deflected path, die Fired harder home to secure Chelsea, who were Champions League runners-up last season, their first three points in Group A.
Emma Hayes’ side had taken lead in the first half after a delicious run by Erin Cuthbert saw her finish emphatically in the 31st minute.
Juventus from Joe Montemurro equal up shortly afterwards when Barbara Bonansea (37) turned around home a floating cross from Lisa Boattin, but it was Chelsea that took the points back to London.
It sees Chelsea go second in Group A, behind Wolfsburg on goal difference after their 5-0 win against Napkin FC. Juventus slip down to the third with three points.
How Chelsea got the win in Turin
Chelsea started well, although not work goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin too often. The Juventus defense owed her thanks when Kerr’s cross was accidentally deflected towards goal, but the goalkeeper was there to collect.
Shortly afterwards, Juventus missed a golden chance. It was a super, floated ball in from the right and Bonansea was there to shoot a header to the goal. Ann-Katrin Berger was scrambling, but was it worth it? just lifted up of the net.
Juventus: Peyraud-Magnin (7), Lundorf (6), Gama (7), Salvai (7), Boattin (7), Rosucci (6), Pedersen (6), Cernoia (7), Bonansea (8), Girelli (6 ), Hurtig (7).
Subtitles used: Bonfantini (7), Lenzini (6), Caruso (NA), Staskova (NA), Zamanian (NA).
Chelsea: Berger (7), Helder (7), Carter (7), Eriksson (7), Cuthbert (7), Leupolz (7), Ji (7), Reiten (6), Kirby (6), Kerr (7), More difficult (8).
Subtitles used: Fleming (6), Ingle (6), Andersson (n/a).
Player of the match: Pernille Harder.
Just after 30 minutes, Chelsea went on. It was really magnificent goal from Cuthbert, who easily drifted past Boattin and Martina Rosucci. Of space to shoot, she confidently sent the ball past a stretching Peyraud-Magnin.
Lina Hurtig came close to an instant equalizer but was well marked by Jess Carter as she raced down the left of the area. However, Juventus did it soon level themselves up. It was a beautiful floating crossing of Boattin die picked out bonansea, who slotted home past Berger, die bring the Juventus Stadium to life with her celebration.
- Emma Hayes made eight changes of the side die Leicester met defeated 2-0 in the weekend. Only Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson and Fran Kirby kept their places in the starting XI with An more well-known Chelsea XI is called in Turin.
Juventus started the second half with An penalty call. Cristiana Girelli went down after a push from Magdalena Eriksson in the area, but the referee brushed off the claims. Shortly after, Harder sent two wonderful tries wide. The first came after a darting run in the area, but could only use the . find back of the net on the wrong side. She was then set up by Guro Reiten but from a much better position, again laid off past the post.
Harder finally found the net in the 69th minute. Chelsea’s front three also combined great, with Fran Kirby liked Kerr. at first down the right. The Australian’s attempt was blocked, but the loose ball bulged over to the waiting Harder. She then fired home with another great finish looking forward to Chelsea again.
Five minutes later and Chelsea should to have added another. Kerr scored goals just outside the area, but a sensational, jumping save from Peyraud-Magnin sent the ball on the bar and wide.
Juventus turned around up the heat in the final 15 minutes – Make Berger a last- ditch stop at the nearby post in added time – but couldn’t find any way past Chelsea’s defense.
Wednesday Champions League Women results
- Juventus 1-2 Chelsea
- Wolfsburg 5-0 Napkin
- PSG 5-0 Kharkiv
- Real Madrid 5-0 Breidablik
Player of the match – Pernille Harder
Harder had a great time start to the season, showing exactly why she is so important to Chelsea. she helped set up Cuthbert’s opener, for scoring the winner herself, carrying on her delicate shape. Her Overall Attack play made her one menace for Juventus and she certainly provided the winning touch.
Chelsea reaction: Hayes and Harder
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said: “I think the game had everything. It was kinda scrappy, but once again, we showed the ability adapt to requirements of the game. The performance of 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 one team.
“They [Harder] had an excellent performance. I’ve said this before, she came to the club and to a hard land, joining An team that is already great and she took us to a higher level. Her standards day in, day out should are what each young person should look up until.
“She takes responsibility, she’s responsible, she’s there when it matters and she’s a… key player for this team. I’m so glad she’s a part of our squad.”
Chelsea forward Pernille Harder: “This is what every Champions League night should feeling like. Not me know how a lot of people die were there, but it is [the stadium] felt full. It’s an incredible stadium, a great pitch and fans shout.
“L wish there had been Chelsea fans, but this time it was Juventus fans. But it was great.”
Chapman: much needed win for Chelsea
Former Chelsea midfielder Katie Chapman on Sky Sports news:
“They had the win. I think Juventus made it is really difficult for them. In the end they were creating chances, they were pushing forward and they really put pressure on Chelsea.
“I think she set up very good defensively tonight and made it is really difficult for Chelsea. all the possession Chelsea had, they didn’t create many chances.
“There is no one better in Europe than Harder. She is the one who crops up with the winning goals, she is die quality of player.”
being Chelsea back in action on October 31 when they take on Man City in the FA Cup semi- finals. They return to the Champions League on November 9 when they take on Swiss side Napkin FC.
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