Sam Kerr attracts clean as Barcelona win first leg at Chelsea


Aim No. 36 wasn’t lengthy in coming. Norway’s Graham Hansen picked up the ball on the correct, drifted inside previous a number of ineffectual challenges, and whipped a 20-yard shot contained in the far publish.

Chelsea, with co-owner Todd Boehly among the many 27,697 in attendance, had been then penned inside their very own half, the occasional lengthy ball for Kerr to chase their solely outlet.

It was halfway by means of the half earlier than the house followers had one thing to get enthusiastic about with Kerr and Guro Reiten combining to threaten on a trio of events.

A one-two with the Norwegian led to a Kerr shot that had Sandra Panos scrambling throughout aim to avoid wasting.

The Matildas captain then arrange Reiten to attain, just for Kerr to be dominated marginally offside.

The Aussie then once more launched Reiten who rounded Panos just for Bronze to clear off the road.

That, although, was largely it for Chelsea’s assault with Kerr more and more remoted even after Lauren James, sister of England and Chelsea males’s defender Reece, got here on to help her.

“We had been conscious of the direct sport, and Kerr passing to Reiten, so we stopped that,” stated Barca coach Jonatan Giraldez.

Making Kerr’s afternoon worse was a harsh reserving for a late problem on Lucy Bronze, although she stays eligible for the second leg.

Marta Torrejon’s header caught the publish for Barcelona and Ann-Katrin Berger denied Sweden’s Fridolina Rolfo, however Chelsea stored the rating down and the tie alive, simply.

“I’m grateful to be ready the place the tie isn’t over after 25 minutes,” stated Chelsea boss Emma Hayes.

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