Women’s Champions League: Goals from terrier-like forward Erin Cuthbert and a rampant Pernille Harder earned Chelsea their first win in the Champions League group stage following a tight defeat of Juventus in Turin, writes Suzanne Wrack.
Elsewhere in Group A: Wolfsburg went top of the group with four points after swatting Swiss side Servette aside 5-0 earlier. They’relevel with Chelsea on points but ahead on goal difference. Juventus sit a point behind both teams on three, while Servette have yet to get off the mark.
Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! It’s all over in Turin, where Chelsea have held on to take the three points against their hosts. Pernille Harder got the second-half winner after the sides had swapped goals in the opening 45 minutes.
90+4 min: Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger is down with one glove off, showing her “injured” finger to the referee. Juve’s fans are unimpressed with what they see as blatant time-wasting. They boo, jeer and whistle accordingly.
90+1 min: We’re 33% into time added on with Chelsea hanging on to their lead. Juve knock the ball forward in search of an equaliser. Bonfantini gets in behind down the right, drills a cross to the near post from the byline and Berger fumbles it out for a corner. Juve fail to clear the first defender on the near post with the corner. Poor.
87 min: Corner for Chelsea after Ingle has a shot blocked and deflected wide. Juventus substittuion: Annahita Zamanian on for Sofie Junge, who looks stricken with cramp and has to be helped off the pitch. Nothing comes of the set-piece.
74 min: A brilliant save from Juve goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, who dives to her right, sticks up an arm and gets a strong hand to a goalbound Sam Kerr shot from distance. She somehow tips the ball on to the woodwork and out to safety. Superb goalkeeping. Honestly, if Lionel Messi had done that, you’d be saying: “Why is he playing in goal for the Juventus women’s team?”
65 min:Juventus free-kick, a couple of yards outside the Chelsea penalty area ... almost dead centre. Valentina Cernoia shoots low, hard and a couple of yards wide of the left post. Close but no cigar.
62 min:Juventus attack on the break with Cristiana Girelli on the ball. The ball’s crossed into the centre, Chelsea goalkeeper Berger flaps under pressure from Lina Hurtig and Jess Carter hacks clear to avert the danger.
53 min: There’s a big appeal for a Juventus penalty as Girelli goes down under what looks like a nudge in the back from Magdelna Eriksson. The ref is having none of it and has no VAR to consult. Video refereeing won’t be introduced in this tournament until the knockout stages.
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Peep! It’s all square at the break in Turin, where Chelsea went ahead thanks to a fine solo effort from Erin Cuthbert shortly after the half-hour, only to be pegged back by a fine finish from Juve’s Barbara Bonansea within eight minutes.