Chelsea 3-3 Wolfsburg: Women’s Champions League report

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A stoppage-time equaliser from Pernille Harder against her former club earned the Blues a point in our Women’s Champions League opener at Kingsmeadow.

Harder scored three goals to help knock her former side out of last season’s Champions League quarter-final and scored again against Wolfsburg to earn a point for Chelsea on Wednesday night.

Chelsea started the game on the front foot and scored the opener in the eighth minute when Ji So-yun’s perfectly weighted pass found Sam Kerr who dinked the ball over an on-rushing Schult to put Chelsea ahead.

The Blues were in control as they looked to double their lead but against the run of play, Wolfsburg equalised in the 16th minute after a defensive error from the Blues. Magdalena Eriksson tried to shepherd the ball back to Ann-Katrin Berger but Tabea Wassmuth nipped in between them to push the ball past the goalkeeper and finish from a tight angle.

Another defensive error gave Wolfsburg the lead in the 33rd minute. Berger tried to play a short pass to Leupolz from a goal-kick but the midfielder was beaten to the ball by Oberdorf, who laid it back to former Arsenal forward Jill Roord to fire into the bottom left corner.

The Blues went into half-time 2-1 down thanks to two defensive errors in a game that we had dominated.

Things went from bad to worse shortly after the break, however, as Wolfsburg extended their lead following another defensive lapse by the Blues.

Carter looked to have the situation under control as she chased a long ball towards the corner, but her back pass to Berger didn’t have enough on it, which allowed Wassmuth to nip in and score her second of the night and give Wolfsburg a 3-1 lead.

Chelsea were quick to respond, however, with Beth England reacting first to a loose ball from a corner to make it 3-2 just four minutes later.

The Blues were pushing hard for an equaliser, but the visitors remained a threat on the counter and we needed a fantastic save from Berger to push aside a shot from Wassmuth, denying the Wolfsburg forward her hat-trick.

Just as it looked like all hope was lost, Harder scored Chelsea’s equaliser in stoppage time, firing underneath a helpless Schult to make it 3-3 and earn Chelsea a point.

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