Chelsea picked up their first UWCL win of the season in Turin with an impressive display. Pernille Harder and Erin Cuthbert scored for Emma Hayes’s side as it finished Juventus 1-2 Chelsea in a raucous Allianz Stadium.
After rotating in the win against Leicester, Chelsea’s side had a more familiar look to it this time. Ann-Katrin Berger returned in goal with Millie Bright, Jess Carter and Magda Eriksson in front of her. Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten took tchelhe wingback spots, leaving Ji So-Yun and Melly Leupolz in the engine room. The formidable front 3 of Fran Kirby, Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder all started.
It was a tight and nervous affair early on. A vocal home crowd buoyed on a Juventus side that had won 11 games in a row. They had also kept 8 home clean sheets, suggesting breaching them would not be simple.
It was an impressive moment that did break the deadlock. A crossfield pass from Pernille Harder found Erin Cuthbert. The energetic Scot drove into the box, past several Juve defenders and slotted brilliantly in the corner on the 31st minute.Embed from Getty Images
However, the Old Lady were not deterred and equalised barely 6 minutes later. Boattin’s clever deep cross deceived Chelsea’s defence and landed at Barbara Bonansea’s feet. The Italian forward made no mistake, finishing well past Berger.
A tie was a fair reflection on the first half.
Chelsea came out in the 2nd half with a determination to get a win. After only picking up a point at Kingsmeadow in their opening game, they knew how important this match could be. Although Pauline Peyraud-Magnin made several good stops to first deny Kerr then Kirby, the Blues eventually found a way through.
Once again, the brilliance of the front 3 was on display. Harder found Kerr who laid off for Fran Kirby. The English attacker returned the ball to Kerr who took advantage of a lucky bounce to move into the box. Although her initial effort was blocked well, it rebounded to Harder 8 yards out. The Dane fired past Peyraud-Magnin to give Chelsea the lead in the 69th minute.Embed from Getty Images Embed
The French stopper was once again called into action late on to deny Sam Kerr, but Emma Hayes’s side took away an excellent 3 points from their night in Turin.
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Final Thoughts: Juventus 1-2 Chelsea
A good win for Chelsea against tough opposition leaves them with a solid 4 points after two UWCL matchdays. Up next is a trip to Etihad Campus to face Manchester City in the re-arranged 2021 FA Cup Semi-Final.