Chelsea ladies reached the last 16 of the Women’s champions league thanks to the away goal rule despite losing 2-1 to Bayern Munich in a pulsating match in Germany.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg, it was England striker Fran Kirby who doubled the Chelsea lead on the hour mark, meaning the Germans had to find three goals in 30 minutes.
Gemma Davison’s own goal shortly after to equalize on the night gave Bayern the chance and when Lucie Vonkova tapped in from close range to make it 2-1, Chelsea nerves were fluttering.
As Bayern pushed for that all important third goal, they were awarded a free kick in injury time and when Melanie Behringer found Simone Laudehr who tapped the ball into the night Chelsea hearts sank, only for the goal to be disallowed for a push in the area. And with the Aggregate score a 2-2 Fran Kirby’s away goal see’s Chelsea knock out one of the highest rated teams in the competition and ends a run of 11 straight defeats in pervious knock out games involving English and German teams.
With Chelsea through to the final 16 of the Women’s Champions League, Manchester City Ladies will be looking to join them as they take a 3-0 lead into tonight home leg with Austrian side St Polten tonight. The current Women's F.A. cup holders will be without their Germany star Pauline Bremer, who will be side lined for some time after fracturing her leg in the weekend’s 3-2 win over Everton.
Should Man City join Chelsea in the final 16, it will be the first time two English clubs have reached this stage since 2013-14 season.