Chelsea Ladies win comfortably in their Champions league opener

Chelsea and Manchester City Ladies teams on course for Champions League Finals

Last night saw Women’s super leagur champions Chelsea open their Champions league account with a 5-0 first leg win over SFK 2000 from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Taking just 8 minutes to open the scoring in Sarajevo through a 25 yard special from Millie Bright, last year’s semi-finalists. Further goals from drew Spence off the back of a Karen Carney corner kick and Maria Thorisdottir who connected well with Erin Cuthbert’s pin point cross ensured the British side were in full control of the tie. England international Fran Kirby should have made it four, only for her to denied from the spot however, it wasn’t long before Ji So-yun ‘s rocket ensured the home side would need a miracle performance in the second leg to have any chance of qualifying and a fifth an d final away goal was just icing on the cake for Emma Haye’s side who celebrated a domestic double last season, along with making the competitions semi final for the first ever time. These factors meant they came into the draw as one of the seeded sides.
Tonight, sees the start of the Women’s champions league campaign for Manchester City ladies with possible the hardest tie available as they travel to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for this first leg trip. Although City were seeded in the draw which included 32 teams from around Europe, last years semi finalists were drawn against the side that pipped Barcelona to the Spanish women’s title but for reasons unknown not included amongst the seeded teams.
This will be City’s second big game in five days after starting their Women’s super league season with a goal less draw against reigning champions and fellow champions league contenders Chelsea last Sunday.

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