Pernille More durable scored for the second successive Ladies’s Champions League match as her purpose helped Chelsea beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.
The world’s most costly feminine participant had netted a last-gasp equaliser in opposition to Wolfsburg final week to safe some extent for Chelsea, and as soon as once more popped up with an important purpose on Wednesday.
A blocked Sam Kerr effort deflected into her path, which More durable fired dwelling to safe Chelsea, who had been Champions League runners-up final season, their first three factors in Group A.
Emma Hayes’ aspect had taken the lead within the first half after a beautiful run from Erin Cuthbert noticed her end emphatically within the thirty first minute.
Joe Montemurro’s Juventus levelled up shortly after as Barbara Bonansea (37) turned dwelling a floated cross from Lisa Boattin, but it surely was Chelsea that took the factors again to London.
It sees Chelsea go second in Group A, behind Wolfsburg on purpose distinction after their 5-0 win in opposition to Servette FC. Juventus slip down to 3rd with three factors.
How Chelsea clinched victory in Turin
Chelsea started effectively, though didn’t work goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin too usually. The Juventus defence did have her to thank although when Kerr’s cross was inadvertently deflected goalwards, however the goalkeeper was there to gather.
Quickly after, Juventus missed a golden likelihood. It was an outstanding, floated ball in from the appropriate and Bonansea was there to flick a header goalwards. It had Ann-Katrin Berger scrambling however the effort simply lifted onto the highest of the online.
Juventus: Peyraud-Magnin (7), Lundorf (6), Gama (7), Salvai (7), Boattin (7), Rosucci (6), Pedersen (6), Cernoia (7), Bonansea (8), Girelli (6), Hurtig (7).
Subs used: Bonfantini (7), Lenzini (6), Caruso (n/a), Staskova (n/a), Zamanian (n/a).
Chelsea: Berger (7), Vibrant (7), Carter (7), Eriksson (7), Cuthbert (7), Leupolz (7), Ji (7), Reiten (6), Kirby (6), Kerr (7), More durable (8).
Subs used: Fleming (6), Ingle (6), Andersson (n/a).
Participant of the match: Pernille More durable.
Simply after the 30-minute mark and Chelsea went forward. It was a very great purpose from Cuthbert, who simply drifted previous Boattin and Martina Rosucci. With area to shoot, she then confidently dispatched the ball previous a stretching Peyraud-Magnin.
Lina Hurtig went near a direct equaliser, however was marked effectively by Jess Carter as she sped down the left of the realm. Nonetheless, Juventus did quickly haul themselves degree. It was a beautiful floated cross from Boattin that picked out Bonansea, who slotted dwelling previous Berger, roaring the Juventus Stadium into life together with her celebration.
- Emma Hayes made eight modifications from the aspect that beat Leicester 2-0 on the weekend. Solely Millie Vibrant, Magdalena Eriksson and Fran Kirby stored their locations within the beginning XI with a extra acquainted Chelsea XI being named in Turin.
Juventus started the second half with a penalty shout. Cristiana Girelli went down after a nudge from Magdalena Eriksson inside the realm, however the referee waved away the claims. Shortly after, More durable despatched two great efforts broad. The primary got here after a darting run into the realm, however might solely discover the again of the online on the flawed aspect. She was then arrange by Guro Reiten however from a a lot better place, once more fired previous the publish.
More durable did ultimately discover the online within the 69th minute. Chelsea’s entrance three mixed splendidly too, with Fran Kirby initially discovering Kerr down the appropriate. The Australian’s effort was blocked, however the free ball bobbled over to the ready More durable. She then fired dwelling with one other nice end to see Chelsea forward once more.
5 minutes later and Chelsea ought to have added one other. Kerr fired goalwards from simply outdoors the realm, however a sensational, leaping save from Peyraud-Magnin despatched the ball onto the crossbar and broad.
Juventus turned up the warmth within the remaining quarter-hour – Berger making a last-ditch cease on the close to publish in added time – however had been unable to discover a well past Chelsea’s defence.
Wednesday’s Ladies’s Champions League outcomes
- Juventus 1-2 Chelsea
- Wolfsburg 5-0 Servette
- PSG 5-0 Kharkiv
- Actual Madrid 5-0 Breidablik
Participant of the match – Pernille More durable
More durable has had a beautiful begin to the season, and confirmed precisely why she is so necessary to Chelsea. She helped arrange Cuthbert’s opener, earlier than scoring the winner herself, carrying on her high-quality type. Her total attacking play made her a menace for Juventus and he or she definitely supplied the successful contact.
Chelsea response: Hayes and More durable
Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes stated: “I believe the sport had every little thing. It was fairly scrappy, however as soon as once more, we confirmed the flexibility to adapt to the calls for of the sport. The efficiency from the workforce was blended, however I felt we had been resilient sufficient and took our probabilities when it mattered and that is why we had been on the successful workforce.
“She [Harder] had an impressive efficiency. I’ve stated this earlier than, she got here to the membership and to a troublesome nation, becoming a member of a workforce that is already superb and he or she has taken us to the next degree. Her requirements day in, day trip must be what each younger particular person ought to look as much as.
“She takes duty, she’s accountable, she’s there when it issues and he or she’s a key participant for this workforce. I am so delighted she’s a part of our squad.”
Chelsea ahead Pernille More durable: “That is what each Champions League evening ought to really feel like. I do not know the way many individuals there have been, but it surely [the stadium] felt full. It is an unbelievable stadium, an awesome pitch and followers shouting.
“I want there had been Chelsea followers, however this time it was Juventus followers. However it was superb.”
Chapman: A lot-needed win for Chelsea
Former Chelsea midfielder Katie Chapman on Sky Sports activities Information:
“They actually wanted the win. I believe Juventus made it actually troublesome for them. On the finish, they had been creating probabilities, they had been pushing ahead and so they actually put Chelsea underneath strain.
“I believe they arrange rather well defensively tonight and made it actually troublesome for Chelsea. All of the possession Chelsea had, they did not create many probabilities.
“There isn’t any one higher in Europe than More durable. She’s the one who crops up with the successful objectives, she’s that high quality of participant.”
Chelsea are again in motion on October 31 after they tackle Man Metropolis within the FA Cup semi-finals. They return to the Champions League on November 9 after they tackle Swiss aspect Servette FC.