Chelsea came from two goals down to grab a dramatic draw against Wolfsburg in a match littered with defensive errors. Emma Hayes’s side started brilliantly, but were made to pay for lapses in concentration and needed Pernille Harder’s last-minute goal to make it Chelsea 3-3 Wolfsburg.
Chelsea made two changes from the weekend victory over Brighton. Ann-Katrin Berger was in goal with Millie Bright, Jess Carter and Magda Eriksson forming the defence. Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten continued at wingback whilst Ji So-Yun returned in the pivot alongside Melanie Luepolz. Beth England started in a three-pronged attack along with Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder.
Chelsea started brilliantly against Wolfsburg. The press caused a lot of problems, with Harder, Reiten and Ji all going close. The South Korean was the architect of the opening goal. Her clever clipped pass released Sam Kerr and the Australian striker lobbed Almuth Schult before celebrating in front of her fans.Embed from Getty Images
Wolfsburg did equalise minutes later, out of completely nothing. Berger and Eriksson failed to communicate effectively defending Lena Oberdorf’s innocuous long ball and Tabea Wassmuth was gifted a simple finish into an empty net.
Chelsea wasted chances through Kerr, Harder and Leupolz and again were made to pay on the 34th minute. Berger once again didn’t cover herself in glory. A poor pass to Leupolz was seized upon by Oberdorf. She played in former Arsenal striker Jill Roord who made no mistake.
Somehow Chelsea went in at half-time 1-2 down, despite dominating throughout.
Chelsea conspired again to be architects of their own downfall to gift Wolfsburg a third. Jess Carter fluffed her backpass and Tabea Wassmuth had all the time in the world to finish past Berger.
The Blues did rally, however, and reduced the deficit to one on the 51st minute. Penalty-box pinball resulted in the ball landing at Beth England’s feet and she fired low past Almuth Schult. Game on.Embed from Getty Images
Emma Hayes brought Fran Kirby on to try and spark something as the game threatened to go flat. Pernille Harder had a firm penalty shout turned down, before Cuthbert fired wide from just inside the box.
The home side were pushing to equalise and got just rewards in added time. Former Bayern midfielder Leupolz slotted the ball through for Pernille Harder and the Dane finished well, firing the ball under Schult to complete the comeback. It finished Chelsea 3-3 Wolfsburg at Kingsmeadow in an absorbing contest.Embed from Getty Images
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Final Thoughts: Chelsea 3-3 Wolfsburg
Chelsea 3-3 Wolfsburg reflects the pattern of fixtures featuring the two sides. Feisty, frenetic,frantic throughout. The Blues will be pleased to have scored three great goals and to have snatched a point. However, the frustrations will be palpable regarding the sloppy goals conceded.
Chelsea will hope to perform better this weekend against newly-promoted Leicester City, their final home game before a run of five away matches.