Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid: Blues maintain perfect start in Women’s Champions League

Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid: Blues maintain perfect start in Women’s Champions League

Chelsea players celebrate
Chelsea have won all three of their women’s Champions League matches this season

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.

Caroline Weir plays for Real Madrid against Chelsea
Scotland international and ex-Manchester City midfielder Caroline Weir was unable to find the perfect pass for the visitors.

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.

Lineups

Chelsea women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 30Berger
  • 21Charles
  • 26Buchanan
  • 4Light
  • 16Eriksson
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 5Angel
  • 14KirbySubstituted forFlemingon 56′minutes
  • 19Riding KanerydSubstituted forJameson 56′minutesOrdered in 69 minutes
  • 20Kerr
  • 11The horseSubstituted forCarteron 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 3Nouwen
  • 7Carter
  • 9England
  • 10James
  • 1. 3Svitková
  • 15Périsset
  • 17Fleming
  • 27Abdullina
  • 28Cankovic
  • 36Akpan

Real Madrid Feminino

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Rodríguez Rivero
  • 2Robles
  • 14Sousa Feitoza
  • 5Andrés
  • 7CarmonaSubstituted forGarciaon 81′minutes
  • 24OlofssonSubstituted forGálvezon 80′minutes
  • 21ZornozaSubstituted forTolettion 86′minutes
  • 11Weir
  • 20TrapsSubstituted forSwampon 63′minutes
  • 10GonzálezOrdered in 57 minutesSubstituted forHansenon 86′minutes
  • 8Oroz

Substitutes

  • 3Abelleira
  • 4Gálvez
  • 6Toletti
  • 9Garcia
  • 1. 3Gérard
  • 15Florentino
  • 16Hansen
  • 18Rodriguez
  • 22del Castillo
  • 23Swamp
  • 27Camacho
  • 46Fountain

Judge:
Maria Ferrieri Caputi

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