Women's Champions League - Group A
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Juventus Femminile 1-2 Chelsea Women: Pernille Harder scores winner for Blues

Pernille Harder
Pernille Harder, right, got the winner in the second half for Chelsea

Chelsea secured their first win in this season's Women's Champions League with an impressive display at Juventus.

Erin Cuthbert's fine solo goal with just over half an hour gone had put the visitors ahead at the Allianz Stadium.

Juventus responded almost immediately when Barbara Bonansea volleyed home from a cross.

However, Pernille Harder gave Chelsea victory when she reacted quickly in a crowded area to turn in the winning goal.

The win means Chelsea have four points from two games in Group A after they drew 3-3 with Wolfsburg in their opener.

Harder's goal continued her impressive start to the season for the Blues with the Denmark international's latest strike her fifth of the season in all competitions.

The 28-year-old also scored the late equaliser against her former side Wolfsburg, who she left to join Chelsea last summer.

"I feel like I am in a flow," said Harder, who has 32 goals in 40 Champions League games.

"I have had a good pre-season and feel I have adapted into the team. We keep developing, me and also the team - and I like that."

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes praised her new recruit's contribution since joining, saying: "She had an outstanding performance.

"She is a key player for this team and I am so delighted she is part of this squad."

Hayes' side faced a daunting task in Turin against a team that had won their last 11 games on the trot, a run that also included eight clean sheets at home.

But that near-impenetrable Juventus defence was breached in the 31st minute when Cuthbert received the ball outside the box, weaved past defenders and slotted in.

It briefly silenced a vocal home crowd but Juventus' response was as impressive as it was swift as Lisa Boattin played a deep ball into the far side of the box where Bonansea had got ahead of the defence to drive inside the near post.

It was the second time in as many games in the competition where Chelsea had scored first only to then concede.

But, unlike against Wolfsburg - where they went 3-1 down before fighting back for a draw - they responded by retaking the lead.

The visitors were the better side in the second half and rewarded for their attacking intent when Harder struck after good work by Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr.

Only an excellent late save late by Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, to keep out Kerr's shot, prevented Chelsea from winning by a more convincing margin.

Line-ups

Juventus Femminile

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Peyraud-Magnin
  • 12Lundorf
  • 3Gama
  • 23SalvaiSubstituted forLenziniat 73'minutes
  • 13Boattin
  • 8RosucciSubstituted forCarusoat 81'minutes
  • 14PedersenSubstituted forZamanianat 89'minutes
  • 7Cernoia
  • 11BonanseaSubstituted forBonfantiniat 72'minutes
  • 10GirelliSubstituted forStaskováat 81'minutes
  • 17Hurtig

Substitutes

  • 1Aprile
  • 2Hyyrynen
  • 5Nildén
  • 9Stasková
  • 18Giai
  • 19Zamanian
  • 21Caruso
  • 22Bonfantini
  • 27Beccari
  • 29Pfattner
  • 71Lenzini

Chelsea Women

Formation 3-4-3

  • 30Berger
  • 4Bright
  • 7Carter
  • 16Eriksson
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forFlemingat 66'minutes
  • 8Leupolz
  • 10JiSubstituted forIngleat 74'minutes
  • 11Reiten
  • 14KirbySubstituted forAnderssonat 83'minutes
  • 20Kerr
  • 23Harder

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 3Nouwen
  • 5Ingle
  • 9England
  • 17Fleming
  • 18Mjelde
  • 21Charles
  • 24Spence
  • 25Andersson
  • 28Telford
  • 29Fox
Referee:
Ivana Martincic

Match Stats

Home TeamJuventus FemminileAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home1
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Juventus Femminile 1, Chelsea Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Juventus Femminile 1, Chelsea Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andrea Stasková (Juventus Femminile) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lina Hurtig.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Juventus Femminile. Conceded by Ann-Katrin Berger.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sara Gama (Juventus Femminile) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Valentina Cernoia following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women).

  7. Post update

    Sara Gama (Juventus Femminile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus Femminile. Annahita Zamanian replaces Sofie Pedersen because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Lisa Boattin.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Kerr with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Women).

  12. Post update

    Lisa Boattin (Juventus Femminile) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jonna Andersson replaces Fran Kirby.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus Femminile. Arianna Caruso replaces Martina Rosucci.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Juventus Femminile. Andrea Stasková replaces Cristiana Girelli.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Juventus Femminile. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women).

  18. Post update

    Agnese Bonfantini (Juventus Femminile) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Sara Gama.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Sophie Ingle replaces Ji So-Yun.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 13th October 2021

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1VfL Wolfsburg Ladies21108354
2Chelsea Women21105414
3Juventus Femminile21014223
4Servette Women200208-80

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Paris Saint-Germain Féminines22007076
2Real Madrid Femenino22006066
3Zhytlobud-1 Women200206-60
4Breidablik Women200207-70

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1TSG 1899 Hoffenheim Ladies11005053
2Barcelona Femenino11004133
3Arsenal Women100114-30
4HB Køge Women100105-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lyon Féminines11003033
2Benfica Women10100001
3FC Bayern München Ladies10100001
4BK Häcken Women100103-30
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