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Women's Champions League: Chelsea Ladies 3-0 Rosengard Women

Women's Champions League: Chelsea Ladies 3-0 Rosengard Women

Ramona Bachmann's goal was her first of the season for Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies took a major step towards the Champions League quarter-finals with an impressive first-leg win in their last-16 tie against Rosengard.Emma Hayes' side were totally dominant in the first half, but only had Fran Kirby's classy finish to show for it. Their Swedish opponents raised their game after the interval, but Ramona Bachmann doubled Chelsea's lead against her former club from Ji So-Yun's pass.
And Gilly Flaherty added the third after Kirby's initial shot was blocked. Rosengard's team selection at Kingsmeadow was a surprise with striker Anja Mittag, the only player with 50 Champions League goals, starting on the bench.And they barely made it out of their own half in the first 20 minutes as Chelsea's players harried them remorselessly high up the pitch and carved out a series of good opportunities.Flaherty's flick was headed off the line and keeper Zecira Musovic made saves from Bachmann, Katie Chapman and Ji twice, before Kirby checked back onto her left foot after receiving Maren Mjelde's pass and found the far corner of the net.
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Chelsea, currently top of Women's Super League One, are in their third European campaignBoss Malin Levenstad's half-time talk stiffened Rosengard's resolve and Chelsea, who knocked out Bayern Munich in the previous round, had a couple of anxious moments before regaining the initiative.The Swedes finally introduced Mittag after 66 minutes but she had only been on the field for a few seconds when Ji fed Bachmann and she slotted home left-footed.A two-goal lead for the second leg would probably have satisfied Hayes before kick-off, but her team did not ease up and after former Chelsea player Anita Asante failed to clear a ball into the box, it eventually fell to Flaherty, who gave Musovic no chance.
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