Chelsea FC reach Women’s Champions League semi-finals as Kerr, Kirby and Harder attack against Wolfsburg
Chelsea won the quarter-final ‘home’ opener 2-1 at the same venue last week and sent their German opponents 3-0 into the ‘away’ game on Wednesday to qualify for the last four of the competition.
After scoring the Blues’ second goal in the first leg, Pernille Harder scored again against his former club by converting a 27th-minute penalty won by Sam Kerr.
Kerr then added another “away” goal five minutes later with a firm strike, and Fran Kirby then scored the third with nine minutes remaining.
Hayes’ side will now face either Bayern Munich or Rosengard in the last four games – the second leg of this quarter-final takes place on Thursday, with Bayern leading 3-0 in the first leg.
Although there was no clear chance for either side in the early stages, skipper Magda Eriksson made good clearance as Chelsea resisted some pressure, and Kerr was then unable to keep the ball under. control in the area of Wolfsburg after being fed by Stronger.
Moments later, Kerr fell just inside the box as she was challenged by Sara Doorsoun, referee Anastasia Pustovoitova ruled it a penalty and Harder scored the kick. foot in the corner, goalkeeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek going the wrong way.
Wolfsburg came close to hitting back two minutes later with slippery Ewa Pajor coming in after Fridolina Rolfo’s cross at the far post but could only deflect the ball widely.
Pajor threw the post in frustration – and three minutes later Wolfsburg’s woes escalated further as Kerr received a pass into the box, held Doorsoun while turning and shot past Kiedrzynek to leave the German side requiring four goals to knock down the situation.
They failed to produce much in their later efforts to retaliate, with Felicitas Rauch being thwarted by a nice tackle from Jessica Carter midway through the second half, Rebecka Blomqvist sending an off-target attempt and Dominique Janssen seeing his free kick. comfortably caught by Ann-Katrin Berger.
Kirby then completed a strong team performance by scoring the third goal after being caught by substitute Ji So-yun.
Additional reports by PA.