Chelsea 2-1 Wolfsburg: Pernille Harder on target as Blues take slender Champions League quarter-final advantage

Chelsea beat Wolfsburg for the first time in their history as goals from Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder secured a 2-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Budapest.

Following a goalless first half in which Alexandra Popp struck the post for the two-time Champions League winners, Emma Hayes’ side were once again thankful to the goalframe as Fridolina Rolfo’s close-range header bounced out moments into the second period.

But Chelsea broke the deadlock against the run of play when Fran Kirby slipped through Kerr, who kept her composure to score from a tight angle (55).

A defensive lapse in concentration allowed Harder to double the Blues’ lead as Kerr turned provider – but Wolfsburg were handed a lifeline when Svenja Huth was fouled inside the box by Magdalena Eriksson.

Dominique Janssen sent Ann-Katrin Berger the wrong way to set up an absorbing second leg back in Budapest next week.

Full match report to follow…

What’s next?

Chelsea are at home to Aston Villa in the Women’s Super League on Sunday at 2.30pm. The two will then meet in the Champions League quarter-final second leg next Wednesday back in Budapest.

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