Chelsea Women 2 – 0 Real Madrid Women

Chelsea Women 2 – 0 Real Madrid Women

Sophie Ingle and Erin Cuthbert scored second-half goals as Chelsea beat Real Madrid to take complete control of their Champions League group.

A frustrating first half saw Cuthbert and Fran Kirby go close and Emma Hayes’ side had to wait until after the hour before the deadlock was broken.

Millie Bright flicked on Cuthbert’s corner where Ingle was waiting at the back post to finish – and the Blues had to wait just eight minutes to get their second of the night.

Chelsea celebrate after Erin Cuthbert scored her second goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League
Chelsea celebrate after Erin Cuthbert scored her second goal against Real Madrid in the Champions League

Scotland international Cuthbert’s deep cross went all the way in to fool Real Madrid goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez and fly into the net.

Chelsea held on for the win and clean sheet to take full command of the Champions League group.

The Blues top Group A with three wins from three games, with the Women’s Super League side five points ahead of Real and Paris Saint-Germain, who are tied on four points.

Chelsea's Magdalena Eriksson gets past Real Madrid's Naomie Feller during the UEFA Women's Champions League Group A match at Kingsmeadow
Chelsea’s Magdalena Eriksson gets past Real Madrid’s Naomie Feller

PSG leapfrogged Real into second place via a 5-0 win over Albanian side Vllanzia on Tuesday night.

Hayes: You can’t buy our maturity

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes:

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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes says the win against a tough side like Real Madrid showed real maturity from her team.

“I really enjoyed the game. A couple of years ago we would have got impatient, especially in the first half. There is a maturity in the team. It was calm, controlled. We were obviously lacking in the last third of the first half, with execution, decision-making and types of runs weren’t at our top level, but it was a calm dressing room at half-time.

“When these teams are so evenly matched, I’m starting to see the importance of our experience in this competition and what we’ve learned from last year and the year before. We’re certainly playing better European football, we’re getting used to it.

“I’ll be honest, I was happy when the draw was made. Sometimes you can switch off when you think it’s an easy group. This group was perfect for this team. We’ve had to switch on from the start. It’s a growing maturity in the group, you can’t buy that. That’s what I’m most happy about: Everyone is clear about their roles. We’re very clear about the way we play. It’s a nice stage for the team.

Emma Hayes was delighted with Chelsea's maturity after full-time
Emma Hayes was delighted with Chelsea’s maturity after full-time

“Erin Cuthbert was brilliant tonight. Where wasn’t she? She covered every blade of grass. There was a tenacity to her performance when there wasn’t one for us. She meant every bit of the top corner finish!”

What will be next?

Chelsea will not feature this weekend and their next game is a Women’s Super League trip Leicester 3 December, kick-off at 15.00.

Emma Hayes’ side then travel to the Spanish capital for the return group stage match against Real Madrid five days later.

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