Chelsea Ladies followed in club tradition by making history on Bayern Munich’s turf on Wednesday. Despite losing 2-1 on the night, the Blues progressed to the Champions League Round of 32 thanks to their away goal advantage.
Chelsea were 1-0 up thanks to Drew Spence’s goal in the first leg and they looked to have settled the tie when Fran Kirby emphatically finished off a swift counter attack on the hour mark.
However Bayern found the net twice in the final 15 minutes to put themselves within one goal of the next round, but heroic and often last-ditch defending from the Blues saw them squeak through.
Although Bayern showed real quality as they pushed forward late on, ultimately Chelsea were worthy winners of the tie after excellent showings both in the first half of this game and in the first leg.
This is the first time Chelsea Ladies have knocked out a German side from the Champions League after three attempts, and it will be their second Round of 16 appearance. The other qualifiers are still to be confirmed, but we already know that the Blues could face European heavyweights Wolfsburg, Lyon, or Rosengard next month.