Chelsea sealed a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Lyon to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League, having rescued the tie through Maren Mjelde’s last-gasp spot-kick in extra-time.
Despite winning last week’s first leg 1-0, Chelsea appeared destined for an exit when Sara Dabritz drilled into the bottom-right corner in extra time after Venessa Gilles’ flick had levelled the tie.
However, a trip on Lauren James gave Mjelde the chance to keep the game alive at the last, and the Norwegian made no mistake eight minutes into stoppage time, taking the contest to a shoot-out.
James and Wendie Renard both saw their kicks saved before Jess Carter converted, meaning Lyon’s Lindsey Horan had to score to keep the holders in the competition.
Chelsea’s Ann-Katrin Berger got down to her right to palm Horan’s weak kick away, ensuring the Blues teed up an enticing semi-final tie against Barcelona – who beat Emma Hayes’ team 4-0 in the 2021 final.
LYON MISS! WE’RE THROUGH TO THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL!!!!!!!!!#UWCL
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) March 30, 2023
Earlier on Thursday, two-time champions Wolfsburg clinched a 1-1 draw at home to Paris Saint-Germain, recording a 2-1 aggregate success to set up a semi-final tie with Arsenal.
Having taken a first-leg lead through Dominique Janssen’s penalty in the French capital last week, Wolfsburg found themselves with a two-goal cushion when Alexandra Popp fired home from outside the area 20 minutes in.
That strike came somewhat against the run of play after Kadidiatou Diani had an effort chalked off for offside, but there was no denying the forward when she nodded in on the half-hour mark.
Wolfsburg improved after the break and missed several chances to make the tie safe, but it was of little consequence as PSG failed to find a crucial second goal.
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