Chelsea took complete control of the group as they produced one of the most comfortable football scores of the midweek action in the Women’s Champions League. Fran Kirby and Cuthbert missed opportunities in a frustrating first half, and Emma Hayes’ team had to wait into the hour mark for a goal to break the tie. The Blues had to wait just eight minutes for their second goal of the evening when Millie Bright flicked on Cuthbert’s corner and Ingle was waiting to finish at the back post. Cuthbert, a Scottish international, delivered a deep cross that fooled Real Madrid goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez and flew into the goal. In order to fully control their Champions League group, Chelsea held on for the win and the clean sheet.
With three wins from three games, the Blues sit in first place in Group A, five points ahead of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, who are level on four points. By defeating the Albanian team Vllanzia 5-0 on Tuesday night, PSG passed Real into second place.
“I like the game a lot. A few years ago, especially during the first half, we might have become impatient. The team as a whole is mature. It was collected and composed. With execution, decision-making, and run types, the last part of the first half was clearly where we fell short of our best. At halftime, though, the dressing room was quiet,” Chelsea head coach Emma Hayes said. “I’m beginning to see the significance of our prior experience in this tournament and the lessons we’ve gained from previous years when these teams are so evenly matched. We are getting used to European football, and we are playing it better. I’ll be honest; when the draw was made, I was pleased. When you believe the group is simple, it’s possible for you to switch it off occasionally. For this team, this group was ideal.”
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