Chelsea Women through to UWCL semi-finals

UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final second-leg football match between Chelsea and Ajax at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea’s Colombian striker #35 Mayra Ramirez (L) scores the opening goal. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea were held at home by Ajax but made it to the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals, as did Lyon with victory over a stubborn Benfica.

Quarter-Finals 2nd Leg
Lyon 4-1 Benfica (Agg: 6-2)
Chelsea 1-1 Ajax (Agg: 4-1)

Chelsea progressed to a semi-final tie with Barcelona or SK Brann after seeing of Ajax 4-1 on aggregate.

They extended their lead from the first leg just after the half-hour mark, Erin Cuthbert winning possession and finding Guro Reiten, who played in Mayra Ramirez to pass the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Regina van Eijk.

Ajax levelled on the night after 65 minutes, Tiny Hoesktra sending Chastity Grant away to shoot past Zecira Musovic.

Benfica were close to keeping Lyon to a goalless first half, only for a poor backpass to be intercepted by Eugenie Le Sommer, who laid the ball off for Delphine Cascarino to lift over retreating defenders and into the open goal.

However, Benfica did still go in level at the break after a swift reply, as Chandra Davidson picked out Marie-Yasmine Alidou to equalise.

Cascarino restored the lead with a solo effort six minutes after the restart, going on a run and firing home from outside the box.

Lyon added two more goals in stoppage time, with a deflected Kadidiatou Diani shot and an own-goal from Catarina Amado.

An all-French semi-final could be on the cards, with Lyon set to face the winners of the tie between PSG and Hacken.

Quarter-Finals on Thursday 28 March

Barcelona (2) v (1) SK Brann (5.45pm) – live on DAZN/TNT Sports
Paris Saint-Germain (2) v (1) BK Häcken (8pm) – live on DAZN/DAZN Women’s Football YouTube/TNT Sports

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