Pernille Harder scored in the second consecutive Women’s Champions League match as Chelsea beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.
The world’s most expensive female player achieved a last-ditch draw to secure a point for Chelsea against Wolfsburg last week and came up with an important goal again on Wednesday.
A blocked Sam Kerr’s effort stood in his way, which drove Harder out of the house to secure Chelsea, who were Champions League runners-up last season, their first three points in the group.
Emma Hayes’ team took the lead in the first half after a brilliant run by Erin Kutbert.
Joe Montemuro’s Juventus equalized after a while, as Barbara Bananci () returned a floating cross from Lisa Boatin, but Chelsea points back to London.
Chelsea are second in Group A behind Wolfsburg in goal difference after a 5-0 win over Cervেটt FC. Juventus dropped to third place with three points.
How Chelsea won in Turin
Chelsea had a good start, although goalkeeper Pauline Pearwood-Magnin did not work very often. Juventus’ defense was able to thank him even though Kerr’s cross was inadvertently moved towards the goal, but the goalkeeper was there to collect.
Juventus then missed a golden opportunity. It was a great, floating ball from the right side and Bananasia was there to score towards the header. It jumped on An-Catherine Berger but the effort went to the top of the net.
Juventus: Pearwood-Magnin (7), Lundorf (6), Gamma (7), Salvai (7), Boatin (7), Rozuchi (6), Pedersen (6), Cernoa (7), Bonansi (8), Guerrilla (6) )), Fast (7).
Subs used: Bonfantini (7), Lenzini (6), Caruso (n / a), Staskova (n / a), Zamanian (n / a).
Chelsea: Berger (7), Bright (7), Carter (7), Ericsson (7), Kutbert (7), Leopold (7), G (7), Ryten (6), Karbi (6), Kerr (7), Solid (8).
Subs used: Fleming (6), Engel (6), Anderson (n / a).
Match Best: Parnell Harder.
Exactly 0 minutes apart and Chelsea went ahead. It was a really great goal for Kutbert, who easily lost to Boatin and Martina Rozucci. Taking the place to shoot, he then confidently sent the ball to the sent Pearwood-Magnin.
Lina Hartig moved closer to the instant equalizer, but Jess Carter identified well as she ran to the left of the area. However, Juventus soon achieved their level. It was a nice floating cross from Boatin that picked Bananasia, who came back home from Berger’s side, roaring with his celebration at Juventus Stadium.
- Emma Hayes has made eight changes to the team that beat Leicester 2-0 over the weekend. Only Millie Bright, Magdalena Erickson and Fran Kirby retained their place in the starting XI, with the more familiar Chelsea XI named Turin.
Juventus started the second half with a penalty kick. Cristiana Girelli went downstairs after hiding Magdalena Erickson from inside the area, but the referee withdrew the claims. Shortly afterwards, Harder sent two wonderful efforts in detail. This area came first after a run, but the wrong side can only be found behind the net. Guru Wright then set him up but from a better position, went out of the post again.
Harder finally finds the net in the th minute. The three in front of Chelsea met remarkably well, with Fran Kirby initially finding Kerr on the right. Australia’s efforts were thwarted, but the loose ball bounced off the relatively harder ball. He then came out of the house with another great finish to see Chelsea forward again.
Five minutes later and Chelsea should have added another. Kerr fired a shot from outside the area, but an exciting save from Pearwood-Magnin, sent the ball across the crossbar and wide..
Juventus increased the heat in the last 15 minutes – Berger made a last-ditch stop at a nearby post in extra time – but found no way out of Chelsea’s defense.
The results of the Women’s Champions League on Wednesday
- Juventus 1-2 Chelsea
- Wolfsburg 5-0 Cervet
- PSG 5-0 Kharkiv
- Real Madrid 5-0 Breidablik
Match Best – Parnell Harder
Harder made a great start to the season, and showed just why he was so important to Chelsea. He carried his fine form, helping Kutbert’s opener set before the winner scored himself. His overall offensive play brought him danger for Juventus and he certainly provided the winning touch.
Chelsea’s response: Hayes and Harder
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said: “I think the game had everything. It was pretty bad, but again, we showed the ability to adapt to the demands of the game. The team performance was mixed, but I felt we were resilient enough and took our chances when it was important and that’s why we I was in the winning team.
“She is [Harder] Had a great performance as I said before, he came to the club and in a tough country, joined a team that was already amazing and he took us to a higher level. His standards day, day out should be what every youngster should see.
“He takes responsibility, he’s accountable, when he’s important there and he’s an important player on this team. I’m so glad he’s part of our squad.”
Chelsea forward Parnell Harder: “It should be like that on every Champions League night. I don’t know how many people were there, but it is [the stadium] Feels full. It’s an incredible stadium, a great pitch and the screams of the fans.
“I hope there were Chelsea fans, but this time it was Juventus fans. But it was amazing.”
Chapman: A much-needed win for Chelsea
Former Chelsea midfielder Katie Chapman at Sky Sports News:
“They really needed to win. I think Juventus made it really difficult for them. In the end, they were creating opportunities, they were moving forward and they really put pressure on Chelsea.
“I think they set up very well defensively tonight and made it really difficult for Chelsea. Chelsea had all the possession, they didn’t create many chances.
“There is no one better in Europe than Harder. He is the one who reaps the winning goals, he is the quality of that player.”
Chelsea will return on October 311 to face Man City in the FA Cup semi-final. They return to the Champions League in November when they face Swiss side Servet FC.