Chelsea maintained their perfect start to the women’s Champions League group stage by ousting Real Madrid.
After a dismal first half, the Blues took the lead through Sophie Ingles’ header in the 66th minute after Millie Bright turned in a corner.
Erin Cuthbert’s deep cross sealed the points with 15 minutes remaining, catching goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez.
Chelsea remain favorites to progress as Group A winners, five points ahead of second-placed Paris St-Germain.
Last season’s semi-finalists defeated Albanian side Vllaznia 5-0 earlier on Wednesday.
Chelsea gallop home at expectant Kingsmeadow
Chelsea, who returned to the top of the Women’s Super League on Sunday after beating Tottenham at Stamford Bridgecame into the game leading Group A, two points ahead of unbeaten Real Madrid.
After a 1-0 win over Paris St-Germain and an 8-0 win against Vllaznia in their other two Champions League games, a bouncy Kingsmeadow crowd was in high spirits.
They came close through Fran Kirby’s early curling effort in an otherwise uneventful first half.
With 25 minutes remaining there was a nervous energy at Kingsmeadow with Real Madrid growing into the game, but that was soon replaced with relief after Ingle’s opener.
And Chelsea almost added a third through two Niamh Charles strikes at the death as they cruised to victory.
Real Madrid second best in London
This was the first meeting between Chelsea and Real Madrid, but Las Blancas boast a fine record against English teams in the Champions League after knocking out Manchester City for the second consecutive season in August.
The visitors arrived in west London having lost just once this campaign, against Barcelona in the Primera Division where they sit third in the table.
And although they struggled in the opening exchanges, last year’s quarter-finalists grew into the match as Esther Gonzalez saw a fierce shot blocked shortly after the restart.
But that was to be their only meaningful effort, with Chelsea the better side in Emma Hayes’ first game back at Kingsmeadow since he recovered from the operation.
- 14KirbySubstituted forFlemingon 56′minutes
- 19Riding KanerydSubstituted forJameson 56′minutesOrdered in 69 minutes
- 11The horseSubstituted forCarteron 79′minutes
- 1. 3Svitková
Real Madrid Feminino
- 1Rodríguez Rivero
- 14Sousa Feitoza
- 7CarmonaSubstituted forGarciaon 81′minutes
- 24OlofssonSubstituted forGálvezon 80′minutes
- 21ZornozaSubstituted forTolettion 86′minutes
- 20TrapsSubstituted forSwampon 63′minutes
- 10GonzálezOrdered in 57 minutesSubstituted forHansenon 86′minutes
- 1. 3Gérard
- 22del Castillo
- Maria Ferrieri Caputi
Match ends, Chelsea Women 2, Real Madrid Femenino 0.
Second half ends, Chelsea Women 2, Real Madrid Femenino 0.
Attempt blocked. 28 Attempt blocked Caroline Weir (Real Madrid Femenino) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. On a pass from Møller.
5′ Caroline Weir (Real Madrid Femenino) wins a free kick in their own half.
Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women) takes the free kick.
Attempt the boom. Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but to the right. Passed by Lauren James.
Substitution, Real Madrid Femenino. Møller replaces Esther González.
Substitution, Real Madrid Femenino. Sandie Toletti replaces Claudia Zornoza.
5′ Ivana Andrés (Real Madrid Femenino) wins a free kick in their own half.
Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women) takes the free kick.
Corner kick, Chelsea Women. Caused by Rocío Gálvez.
Attempt blocked. Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women) header from the center of the box is blocked. On a pass from Lauren James with a cross ball.
Substitution, Real Madrid Femenino. Nahikari García replaces Olga Carmona.
Substitution, Real Madrid Femenino. Rocío Gálvez replaces Freja Olofsson.
Olga Carmona (Real Madrid Femenino) takes the free kick.
40 Jess Carter (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Change, Chelsea women. Jess Carter replaces Guro Reiten.
Attempt the boom. Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) header from the center of the box to the right of the goal. On a pass from Erin Cuthbert with a cross ball after a corner kick.
Corner kick, Chelsea Women. Caused by Kenti Robles.
Goal! Chelsea Women 2, Real Madrid Femenino 0. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range to the top left corner. Passed by Niamh Charles.