Chelsea had to await qualification for the Champions League knockout stages after drawing 1-1 with Real Madrid.
The Blues knew a win would secure their place in the quarter-finals with two games to play in Group A, but fell behind before half-time when goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger, trying to play from behind , gave the ball straight to Caroline Weir and the midfielder headed home from the edge of the box.
Chelsea should have already been top and on course for their 12th straight win after Sam Kerr hit the crossbar in just the second minute with a close-range effort and then hit a post.
But Chelsea’s luck in front of goal changed when Guro Reiten, who was knocked down in the penalty area by Ivana in the second half, kicked a post which bounced off the back of goalkeeper Misa and into the net.
The story of two guardians
After scoring for Leicester eight times last weekend, Chelsea should have got off to a perfect start when the ball fell nicely for Kerr in the penalty area from a corner, but the striker fired a shot at the crossbar and more .
Kerr had an unusually difficult night in front of goal, hitting the woodwork again with weak effort after Lauren James played her on goal in the box.
La Liga F second-placed Real Madrid quickly made the Blues pay by capitalizing on an unusual error from Berger as Weir shoved the ball into an unguarded net.
Emma Hayes brought on Fran Kirby and Niamh Charles for Magdalena Eriksson and Jessie Fleming at the break, although Chelsea only improved slightly in the second half. Fortuitously, they equalized just before the hour mark after Reiten’s penalty hit the left post and deflected off Misa.
Berger managed to redeem his previous mistake by denying Olga Carmona with a terrific late save while on the other side Misa prevented Kerr from scoring a last-minute winner, producing an equally good one-on-one save.
What’s next for Chelsea?
chelseaThe next Champions League match is at Wood Friday, December 16; kick-off is at 5:45 p.m. Their last Group A match against PSG will take place at Stamford Bridge on Thursday 22nd December with kick off at 8pm. The knockout stage begins on March 21 with the quarter-finals and ends with the final on June 4, 2023 at the Philips Stadion in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on January 20.
Prior to that, Chelsea will be aiming to remain at the top of the WSL when they host While reading at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, live on sky sports. Kick-off is at 6:45 p.m.
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