Chelsea kicked off their Ladies’s Champions League marketing campaign with a fascinating 3-3 house draw with Wolfsburg on Wednesday night.
The Blues impressed going ahead however had been shaky on the again, gifting their guests all three targets at Kingsmeadow.
Emma Hayes made two modifications to the facet that beat high-flying Brighton within the Ladies’s Tremendous League on Saturday, with Beth England changing Fran Kirby up entrance and Ji So-yun coming into midfield rather than Sophie Ingle.
Chelsea regarded robust from the outset they usually took the lead inside 12 minutes when Sam Kerr netted an outstanding lob after she had been let out by Ji So-yun.
In opposition to the run of play Wolfsburg then grabbed an equaliser. After the Blues didn’t take care of an innocuous lengthy ball, Tabea Wassmuth took full benefit, rounding Ann-Katrin Berger earlier than tapping into an empty web.
Quickly after, Chelsea had been once more their very own worst enemy with Berger taking part in a hospital move to Melanie Leupolz who was swiftly dispossessed by Lena Oberdorf. She then layed it off to Jill Roord, who completed emphatically.
It was an identical story after the break with Chelsea making one more mistake three minutes into the second half. Jess Carter was the responsible social gathering this time, under-hitting a again move and permitting Wassmuth to attain Wolfsburg’s third.
The Blues quickly trimmed their lead again to a single purpose, when Beth England smashed house from a nook, following a goalmouth scramble.
The Blues pushed onerous for the equaliser however had been annoyed for a lot of the second half. Finally, they levelled issues up within the 92nd minute, when Leupolz made a sort out contained in the field and the ball fell to Pernille Tougher, who made no mistake from shut vary.
Right here is how Emma Hayes’ fees rated…
Ann-Katrin Berger (GK) – 3/10 – Often so dependable however she was terrible this night, making two horrible errors. Did make an stable cease to maintain the scores 3-2 on the hour mark.
Millie Vivid (CB) – 4/10 – Appeared to wrestle to seek out her vary. Ultimately, she misplaced 30% of her passes on this one.
Jess Carter (CB) – 4/10 – Laid Wolfsburg’s third purpose on a plate for them with a horrible again move.
Magdalena Eriksson (CB) – 5/10 – Chelsea’s most convincing defender by a ways. Removed from excellent although, making just a few errors.
Erin Cuthbert (RWB) – 6/10 – Made a near-fatal error on the demise and a bit wasteful in possession. Aside from that, she impressed. Acquired up and down the wing, creating just a few probabilities for her teammates.
Ji So-yun (CM) – 7/10 – Arrange the opener with a perfectly-weighted ball excessive for Kerr. An actual pass-master all through.
Melanie Leupolz (CM) – 8/10 – Added thrust in midfield together with her surging runs into the field. Good with out the ball too, finishing 4 tackles – one among which led to the equaliser.
Guro Reitan (LWB) – 7/10 – Filled with vitality and her crossing was an actual menace.
Beth England (RF) – 7/10 – Caught the attention together with her motion and aerial prowess. Her purpose kick-started the Chelsea revival.
Sam Kerr (ST) – 7/10 – Timed her run to perfection and completed calmly for her scrumptious opener. All the time trying to slip previous the Wolfsburg defence.
Pernille Tougher (LF) – 7/10 – Took up harmful positions between the strains and was a menace in behind. Confirmed composure for the third purpose.
Fran Kirby – 6/10 – Concerned within the equaliser.
Niamh Charles – N/A
Jessie Fleming – N/A
Sophie Ingle – N/A