#UWCL: Chelsea Women win through to final for first time

Chelsea's Fran Kirby
Fran Kirby scored twice as Chelsea reached their first UWCL final. (Photo: Imago Images)

Chelsea and Barcelona have won through to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final in Sweden on 16 May.

Emma Hayes’ side won 4-1 on the day and 5-3 overall after plenty of late drama at Kingsmeadow.

Chelsea took a tenth-minute lead as Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr exchanged several passes and the former placed the ball between keeper and defender.

Jess Carter made a crucial block to turn Lineth Beerensteyn’s hit out for a corner but Bayern equalised inside the 30-minute mark, with an unstoppable 25-yard strike in off the bar by Sarah Zadrazil.

Right on half-time, the Blues regained the lead to make the tie dead level on aggregate, Ji-So-yun finding the corner of the net on the rebound from her own free kick which had only hit the wall.

The hosts got a third when Jess Carter’s free kick was met by a glancing header from Pernille Harder and although a number of last-ditch blocks were needed by Chelsea in a hugely tense finale, it was they who scored at the death, Kirby with an open-goal after Bayern had thrown everyone forward.

Barca through after Martens brace

Barcelona celebrations
Photo: ZUMA / Gerard Franco

A Lieke Martens double set up victory over Paris Saint-Germain for Barcelona, 2-1 on the day and 3-2 over the two legs.

Barcelona struck early on, Leila Ouahabi sending Martens away to fire past Christiane Endler after just seven minutes.

The lead was doubled on the half-hour with Martens again finishing, this time from close range after Caroline Graham Hansen crossed the ball.

PSG were soon back in the game when Barca failed to clear a corner and

After Graham Hansen forced Endler into a tip over the crossbar, following corners led to Jennifer Hermoso and Marta Torrejon both hitting the frame of the Paris goal.

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