Chelsea are back in the quarter finals of the Women’s Champions League for the first time since the 2011/2012 season. After a dominant performance in the first round against Vllaznia, the Londoners brushed aside the Romanian side to reach the last eight. They were led by a clinical display from captain Fran Kirby, who scored both goals. The team also got goals from Katerina Svitkova and Alsu Abdullina.
Alsu Abdullina scores
If you are a Chelsea fan and a fan of women’s football, this was a game for you. Not only did the Blues win, but they did so in style, including an impressively efficient scoreline, and the team was able to assemble a largely unconquered defense. This despite a couple of notable exceptions.
The Blues did have some early scares. But as the dust settled, Chelsea had a commanding lead in the mid-80s, courtesy of a slew of impressive goals, including a brace from Sam Kerr and a hat trick from Beth England. With that said, there were some questionable moments, including a fumbled header from the aforementioned winger and some inept defending from the aforementioned midfielder. But a more than decent display in the second half was enough to seal the deal.
Katerina Svitkova scores
The Chelsea Women’s Football Club are off to a winning start this season. They have now won six matches in a row and are looking to continue their unbeaten streak against Vllaznia in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The Blues are currently on top of the group by two points but have a tough final two games against Rosengard and PSG. Luckily for them, their opponents have only managed one win in the last five games and are bottom of the group.
The Blues did not take their foot off the gas pedal as they defeated Vllaznia in a rousing 8-0 victory. They scored eight goals in return to Kingsmeadow, including the one-man show by Pernille Harder who finished with a hat trick.
Fran Kirby returns to training ahead of Vllaznia’s visit
With two weeks to go until Chelsea face Vllaznia in the Champions League, the players have begun to arrive for warm-ups. Fran Kirby is back in training for the first time in nine months. But there are still questions over her future.
The 26-year-old is in the middle of a hectic schedule. She has a plethora of fixtures to fill. She has already been out with various injuries, but she has been battling an illness too.
However, she has a good chance of making the starting XI against Vllaznia. She scored a goal and had an assist in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa. Her return to action is a huge boost to the team.
It is also important to note that Fran Kirby is not in the England squad for the next couple of games. She was rested from the squad this month and is set to miss the final match against Manchester United. This is due to a viral infection. She is also a doubt for Euro 2022.
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Reddy gives minutes to players in win over Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton and Hove Albion failed to make the breakthrough in the second half against a dominant Chelsea side. The Seagulls were well organised in the defence but found themselves pinned down at times.
The visitors started the game on the front foot and went for the left wing a lot on counter-attacks. The game looked to be going Chelsea’s way after they scored two early goals. But the scoreline changed in the 53rd minute.
The Blues went in at the break with a 2-1 lead. A poor pass by Romelu Lukaku led to a goal for Hakim Ziyech. He then converted the rebound. The home side were then denied a second goal by Ryan.
A mistake by Dan Burn and Tariq Lamptey gave Chelsea a chance to score the third goal. Then, just before half time, Jorginho was fouled by Maty Ryan. The referee awarded a penalty.
Chelsea are currently top of Group A with two points. They will need to beat Paris St Germain and Vllaznia to go through to the quarter-finals. The Blues have won eight out of ten games in the Champions League this season.
The Chelsea Women are leading the way in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. They’ve won five out of six games and will face a tough challenge to keep that lead intact against rivals Vllaznia.
The Blues have been unbeaten in the past six matches, and will look to extend that run against a side that has only managed to win one of their previous four European games. This isn’t the first time that the Blues have beaten Vllaznia, though. They thrashed them 8-0 in their last meeting in the Champions League.
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