Chelsea had their best ever turnout at Kingsmeadow of 4,670 and drew with UEFA Women’s Champions League holders Lyon 1-1 on the day but bowed out 3-2 over the two legs of the semi-final.
Chelsea suffered more own-goal misfortune as Lyon went 3-1 up on aggregate 17 minutes into the second leg, Eugenie Le Sommer’s shot caught Maren Mjelde’s trailing leg to beat Ann-Katrin Berger in the Blues goal.
Emma Hayes’ side had a couple of penalty shouts turned down before getting level on the day in the 34th minute, when Ji So-yun’s free kick gave goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi no chance.
Up, over and in! 💫
— Chelsea FC Women (@ChelseaFCW) April 28, 2019
Although Lyon threatened to retake the lead, Chelsea came close too with a Ramona Bachmann effort kept out by Amel Majri and a Karen Carney angled strike against the woodwork.
Bouhaddi got behind a close-range Millie Bright opportunity, while Berger tipped over from Le Sommer and Dzsenifer Marozsan corner hit the hosts’ bar.
Substitute Drew Spence was unable to turn an Erin Cuthbert free kick toward goal, Berger tipped away Le Sommer’s strike and Ada Hegerberg missed a chance to finish it for Lyon but they had done just enough.
Barca beat Bayern
— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) April 28, 2019
Barcelona made it through to their first ever UWCL final, repeating their first leg 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.
Mariona Caldentey converted a penalty on half time in front of a club record crowd of 12,764 at the Mini Estadi.
Barca held on to reach the 18 May final in Budapest, despite a second yellow card for Kheira Hamraoui with 20 minutes still to play.