Chelsea Women booked their place in the finals of the UEFA Women’s Champions League after a fantastic victory over Bayern Munich Women at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.
The Blues overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit to advance to the finals, winning 4-1 on Sunday to take the aggregate score to 5-3.
It was a historic victory for Emma Hayes wards who survived a late onslaught from their Bavarian visitors to reach their first ever UEFA Women’s Champions League final.
It is third time lucky for Chelsea after they bowed out at the semi final stage in the previous two seasons. They were knocked out by Wolfsburg in 2018 and Lyon in 2020.
Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Chelsea came to level terms and ahead on away goals when Fran Kirby fired into the back of the net. Sarah Zadrazil’s stunning strike then made it 1-1 but Ji So-yun restored Chelsea’s lead and parity on aggregate.
As the clocked ticked down, Pernille Harder beat the goalkeeper with a fine header from Jess Carter’s free kick to put Chelsea 3-1 up. The goal provoked a series of Bayern onslaught as the visitors pressed forward in search of a goal.
It was from one such press that the Blues landed the killer blow. As Bayern took a corner, their goalie ventured into the Chelsea half, and when the Blues won the ball, Fran Kirby ran about 40 yards to roll the ball into an unguarded net.
Chelsea Women will face Barcelona Femini in the finals on May 16th in Gothenburg.