Chelsea fell to a narrow defeat at Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Women’s Champions League semi-final. The hosts took an early lead thanks to Sydney Lohmann, then Chelsea equalized when an attempted headed clearance hit Melanie Leupolz and looped in.
Hanna Glas restored Bayern’s lead when she drifted inside and fired in a great left-footed strike from 18 yards. The Blues host the German side in the return leg next Sunday at 2:30 EAT.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes will have been encouraged by her side’s efforts, not to mention the away goal they take back to Kingsmeadow.Ji So-yun’s 20-yard effort dropped the right side of the line after hitting the underside of the crossbar with just over 10 minutes to go.
Fran Kirby swung in a free-kick from the left and an attempted clearance struck former Bayern captain Leupolz on the head and dropped into the net despite some desperate attempts to hook it away.