Pernille Harder scored for the second successive Women’s Champions League match as her aim helped Chelsea beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.
The world’s costliest feminine participant had netted a final-gasp equaliser towards Wolfsburg final week to safe some extent for Chelsea, and as soon as once more popped up with a significant aim on Wednesday.
A blocked Sam Kerr effort deflected into her path, which Harder fired house 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 stunning 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 house a floated cross from Lisa Boattin, however it was Chelsea that took the factors again to London.
It sees Chelsea go second in Group A, behind Wolfsburg on aim distinction after their 5-0 win towards Servette FC. Juventus slip down to 3rd with three factors.
How Chelsea clinched victory in Turin
Chelsea started properly, though didn’t work goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin too typically. The Juventus defence did have her to thank although when Kerr’s cross was inadvertently deflected goalwards, however the goalkeeper was there to gather.
Soon after, Juventus missed a golden probability. It was an excellent, floated ball in from the correct 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), Bright (7), Carter (7), Eriksson (7), Cuthbert (7), Leupolz (7), Ji (7), Reiten (6), Kirby (6), Kerr (7), Harder (8).
Subs used: Fleming (6), Ingle (6), Andersson (n/a).
Player of the match: Pernille Harder.
Just after the 30-minute mark and Chelsea went forward. It was a very great aim 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 properly by Jess Carter as she sped down the left of the world. However, Juventus did quickly haul themselves stage. It was an exquisite floated cross from Boattin that picked out Bonansea, who slotted house previous Berger, roaring the Juventus Stadium into life along with her celebration.
- Emma Hayes made eight modifications from the aspect that beat Leicester 2-0 on the weekend. Only Millie Bright, Magdalena Eriksson and Fran Kirby saved 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 world, however the referee waved away the claims. Shortly after, Harder despatched two great efforts extensive. The first got here after a darting run into the world, however might solely discover the again of the online on the unsuitable aspect. She was then arrange by Guro Reiten however from a a lot better place, once more fired previous the publish.
Harder did ultimately discover the online within the 69th minute. Chelsea’s entrance three mixed splendidly too, with Fran Kirby initially discovering Kerr down the correct. The Australian’s effort was blocked, however the free ball bobbled over to the ready Harder. She then fired house with one other nice end to see Chelsea forward once more.
Five minutes later and Chelsea ought to have added one other. Kerr fired goalwards from simply exterior the world, however a sensational, leaping save from Peyraud-Magnin despatched the ball onto the crossbar and extensive.
Juventus turned up the warmth within the remaining quarter-hour – Berger making a final-ditch cease on the close to publish in added time – however had been unable to discover a well past Chelsea’s defence.
Wednesday’s Women’s Champions League outcomes
- Juventus 1-2 Chelsea
- Wolfsburg 5-0 Servette
- PSG 5-0 Kharkiv
- Real Madrid 5-0 Breidablik
Player of the match – Pernille Harder
Harder has had an exquisite 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 effective kind. Her general attacking play made her a menace for Juventus and he or she definitely offered the successful contact.
Chelsea response: Hayes and Harder