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VfL Wolfsburg vs. Chelsea, Women’s Champions League: Live blog; highlights

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VfL Wolfsburg v Chelsea FC - UEFA Women’s Champions League Quarter Final: Leg Two Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

LIVE BLOG

90+4min: FULL TIME! Chelsea win!

90+3min: Kirby spreads the ball wide to Ji, but her ball back across is cut out at the last second to keep it 3-0.

90+1min: Chelsea with a 4-v-3, combine excellently on the left, but Ji doesn’t quite make solid contact, scuffing a weak shot vaguely towards goal. Goalkeeper collects.

89min: Berger finally called into action after a ball over the top finds Jakabfi and Chelsea can’t quite find and clear the ball. Jakabfi shoots from the top of the box, but Berger makes the save. Chelsea clear the subsequent corner.

87min: Rauch with a long shot, blocked easily.

86min: Chelsea have a 3-v-3 with Kirby in acres of space to pick out a pass, but she almost had too much time and managed to not pick out anyone.

85min: Wolfsburg try to pick out the top corner from outside the area. Well wide.

84min: Spence on for Ingle

83min: Long ball over the top, Berger out quickly but her clearance is bloced. Fortunately it spins well wide of the goal and Chelsea win a throw.

81min: GOOOOOOALLLL!!! KIRRRRRBYYYY!!! Harder with a great touch in midfield leads the charge, her square ball isn’t great, but Kirby wins the ball, plays to Ji and gets it back, before finishing through the goalkeeper. 3-0, CHELSEA!!

78min: Leupolz with a bloody nose, gets a bit of treatment. Then a double change, with Fleming on for Cuthbert and Ji on for Leupolz.

75min: Bright carries two Wolfsburg players for a solid five yards before the referee finally blows her whistle. Wolfsburg make a couple changes. Svava and Jakabfi on. Meanwhile, Berger claims another cross.

71min: Harder on the ball, cuts inside from the left, but can’t quite fashion a shot as Wolfsburg clear. Then Leupolz misplaces a rare pass, but it remains quite comfortable for Chelsea.

69min: Wolfsburg have a free kick, 25 yards out, in good shooting position. Janssen takes, but Berger claims and catches confidently.

68min: Cuthbert makes a good interception in midfield, but cannot quite release Kirby, who was running clear.

65min: Somebody on the Wolfsburg bench has received a yellow card. It’s been frustrating afternoon for them, again, much to our delight.

63min: Carter with a fantastic tackle to win the ball in the area.

62min: Kirby wins a foul, from which Cuthbert crosses in. Eriksson and Bright go for it, but the latter is called offside after the former flicks it on. Reiten on for Kerr for Chelsea’s first change.

60min: Wolfsburg make a chance, with Van de Sanden coming on. Then find Popp in the area, but she leaves the ball behind as she tries to beat her marker, and Chelsea can clear.

59min: Strong defending from Bright and Carter prevents a cross, but Wolfsburg do have a corner. In that comes, Popp wins the header but it’s well wide.

56min: Kirby into the book for pulling a player back from behind. Wolfsburg swing the free kick into the box, Leupolz heads clear, then Berger collects a cross. Wolfsburg players hitting the ground in hopes of winning a penalty, but the referee’s unmoved.

54min: Cuthbert wins a free kick in midfield, but don’t make it count with an overhit effort that the goalkeeper collects. But it’s been fairly comfortable for the Blues so far in this half.

51min: Bright blocks a cross and Kirby has a chance to counter. She plays forward to Harder who looks up and sees Kerr bursting down the center. But Harder overhits the pass, inexplicably, and the chance is gone. Unlucky.

50min: Chelsea block a shot, then Berger collects a cross inside the six-yard box.

49min: Chelsea staying strong at the back with a headed clearance and then a strong claim from Berger.

47min: Leupolz picks up a knock on her right foot, but looks okay to carry on after a brief bit of treatment on the touchline.

SECOND HALF: No changes for either side. Wolfsburg need 4 goals to advance.


45+1min: HALF TIME. Chelsea lead 2-0 on the day, 4-1 on aggregate!

44min: Kerr chips a ball over the top for Kirby, she looks onside and well timed, but the assistant’s flagging and the whistle goes. Replays show that Kirby was indeed offside, but no VAR in effect here.

42min: Wolfsburg win the ball on the right and are in behind. Bright gets a crucial touch to the cross however and Chelsea can clear.

40min: Harder’s reverse ball is cut out and Wolfsburg have a chance to counter, but Leupolz puts a stop to that at midfield with some good anticipation.

39min: Kerr finds space on the left and floats in a cross, but it’s too deep.

37min: Harder wins the ball in the middle, finds Leupolz, but her ball’s cut out. Carter wins it back with a great interception, plays a 1-2 with Kirby, but sees her cross blocked for a corner. Cuthbert’s corner finds Eriksson near the penalty spot, but her header is wayward.

34min: Deep cross from Carter finds Kerr, but she’s strayed just offside. Chelsea with tails up at the moment.

31min: GOALLLLLLL!!! KERRR!!! Ball in from the right finds Kerr, posting up. She turns and as three close, she arrows a shot into the bottom corner for her 20th goal of the season. 2-0, CHELSEA!!! 4-1 on aggregate!

29min: Wolfsburg looking for an immediate response, and it’s a fantastic ball in from the left that finds Pajor on the slide, but inexplicably she puts her effort wide of the goal, much to her own dismay. Letoff.

27min: GOALLLL!!! Harder step up, and coolly rolls it into the bottom corner as the goalkeeper dives the other way. 1-0, CHELSEA! 3-1 on aggregate!

26min: PENALTY! Huge ball from Harder over the top for Kerr. She’s in behind the defender, who tries to tackle from behind. She appears to win the ball and bundle Kerr to the ground at the same time, just inside the area. The referee take her time ... then points to the spot!

25min: Better from Chelsea and we win a throw up the right flank. Carter takes and leads Harder, who crosses in towards Kerr. She’s got a bit of space but can’t quite corral the ball.

22min: All Wolfsburg at the moment as Eriksson sticks a leg out to clear. The next cross is over the head of everyone, while the next cross is palmed clear by Berger as Carter’s bundled over and we have a free kick.

20min: Eriksson does tremendously well in a 1-v-1 and Ingle drops back to clean up. Then Cuthbert does well in a 1-v-1 on the other flank to win a throw.

18min: The teams trade long balls that don’t come off. Then Wolfsburg win the ball at halfway and have a short field to attack, but the cross is wayward and Carter can clean up.

15min: Chelsea try to counter, but Wolfsburg keep up with Kirby and can prevent the danger.

14min: Wolfsburg corner after Carter blocks a cross. Taken short, then swung in, Berger punches clear.

12min: Chelsea turn it over in the defensive third, but Andersson cuts out a pass in the area and Cuthbert is able to win a throw. Chelsea under pressure at the moment.

11min: Rauch blows past everybody on the left, including Carter who’s playing on, the cross floats over Berger’s outstretched hand after deflecting off Kirby, but fortunately Eriksson’s on hand to hack clear off the line.

8min: Carter stays down after a 50-50 ball high up the right wing... Good work from Bright to stop the counter, and she can receive some treatment.

7min: Kerr wins a free kick, wide left, level with the top of the box. Cuthbert delivers, but it’s low and poor and easily clear by a defender.

5min: Berger collects a free kick confidently.

3min: Wolfsburg give the ball away at the back, but Kirby’s ball into the area cannot find a blue shirt and Wolfsburg can clear.

2min: Bit of early pressure from Chelsea down the right, see Kirby chip vaguely towards goal, which drifts out for a goal kick.

KICK-OFF: The teams are out, chelsea in all blue, Wolfsburg in all neon green. Come on, Chelsea!


Chelsea beat Wolfsburg for the first time ever last week, in our seventh try, but it’s only half-time. Can we finish the job today, eliminate Wolfsburg for the first time in four tries, and advance to our third successive semifinals?

Wolfsburg were the better team last week, but Chelsea won, 2-1. Could it be written in the stars?

This is technically Wolfsburg’s home game, and they do have that away goal.

Here we go!


Wolfsburg starting lineup (4-3-1-2):
Kiedrzynek | Rauch, Janssen, Doorsoun, Hendrich | Rolfo, Engen, Huth | Popp (c) | Pajor, Blomqvist

Hendrich, Janssen, Huth, Popp (c), Rauch, Rolfö, Engen, Blomqvist, Pajor, Doorsoun

Substitutes from: Schult, Abt, Jakabfi, Blasse, Saevik, Svava, Wolter, Dickenmann, Van de Sanden, Wedemeyer, Goessling, Cordes

Chelsea starting lineup (4-4-2):
Berger | Andersson, Eriksson (c), Bright, Carter | Cuthbert, Leupolz, Ingle, Kirby | Harder, Kerr

Substitutes from: Musovic, Telford, Blundell, England, Ji, Reiten, Fleming, Spence, Fox, Beever-Jones


Date / Time: Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 13.00 BST; 8:00am EDT; 5:30pm IST
Venue: Ferenc Szusza Stadium, Budapest, Hungary
Forecast: Cloudy; 11°C, 51°F

On TV: BT Sport 2 (UK); none (USA); elsewhere
Streaming: BT Sport Live (UK); 5th Stand App & Chelsea official YouTube channel (elsewhere)


Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes!