“In her pre-match press conference, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes emphasised that, while it’s hard to win a semi-final in the first leg, you can easily lose one in the first leg. Perhaps that’s partly why we’ve seen Chelsea playing with relative caution, trying not to take as many risks as we might normally see.”But despite that, in truth they have been frequently exposed at full-back, particularly down the London club’s left. Hayes will want to address that after half-time. And in the absence of captain and defensive orchestrator Magdalena Eriksson, Chelsea look vulnerable to any crosses coming into the box. Overall though, they’ll be pretty satisfied to be on level terms with a priceless away goal.”
Kerr looks for Andersson going forward, and the defender’s shot is blocked for a corner.
Last chance of the half for Chelsea, but the ball is dealt with by Bayern, who clear. Chelsea get the ball again though, Bright crossing from her own half to Kirby deep in the Bayern half on the left wing. Kirby controls it expertly, then tries to threaten but Bayern intercept her pass into the box and the half-time whistle is blown soon after.
Feels like a fair result going into the break, with both teams pretty evenly matched. But a bit of energy was sapped out of the second part of that half by fouls stopping play, and Chelsea only had fleeting moments of their usual standards of play.
Glas with another great cross from Chelsea’s left hand side, as Andersson gives her too much space again. Bright makes a vital clearance though. Simon picks up the loose ball but her shot is blocked, before Beerensteyn’s shot misses the target.
Nice bit of play between Ji and Leupolz, and the German fires a long-range shot at goal. It is blocked by Bayern defender Ilestedt from close range though and rebounds off her face. She’s making a habit of this now – unfortunately this one doesn’t loop into the goal and instead causes Leupolz a nose bleed which needs medical attention.
Stop start for the last few minutes with a few fouls. Reiten wins another, and Chelsea have a free kick from 40 yards out – but Reiten misses the mark completely, travelling over the players in the box before rolling out of play.
Chelsea gaining in confidence now. Ji’s plays through to Harder, then she passes to Reiten to the left of the Bayern box. Reiten’s quick back heel pass to Harder fools the defenders, but Harder’s shot across goal goes wide.
Reiten wins a free kick at 30 yards out and she curls it into the box. A Bayern defender tries to head it away but it rebounds to Leupolz’s head and loops into the back of the net. She didn’t know much about it, but Leupolz’s goal against her former side just put Chelsea back in this.
Of all the brilliant goals Chelsea have scored this season, this could be their worst and yet most important so far.
Chelsea looking slightly flustered. Harder’s wayward header gives the ball back to Bayern in Chelsea’s half and she chases it down and aggressively wins it back from Buhl, before launching it back into Bayern’s half and giving away possession.
A Bayern free kick breaks through Chelsea’s defensive line in the box, but Kerr is there to head it out of bounds.
Chelsea’s reaction in the next 10 minutes is going to be key. Tom Garry with his thoughts on the Bayern goal:
“On Wednesday night at Manchester City we saw the best of Ann-Katrin Berger, who is rightly considered one of the world’s very best keepers, but that’s a moment she’ll want to forget. She’s misjudged the flight of the cross and that’s very out of character from the usually-reliable German shot-stopper, whose penalty heroics have been integral to Chelsea’s run in Europe this term.”
A rare error from Berger in the Chelsea goal helps hand Bayern the lead. Glas crosses into the box from the right handside, and Berger steps forward and leaps up to collect it – but she misjudges the flight of the ball and isn’t even close to reaching it. The ball falls to Lohmann who heads it into the back of the net. Big mistake from Berger and Bayern lead.
Chelsea in unfamiliar territory here on the back foot.
Harder attracts three Bayern shirts to her and then distributes to Reiten facing her at the edge of the area. Reiten turns, and has the space to take a powerful shot at goal, but the ball careens wide of the bar.
In Paris, PSG and Barcelona are playing out the first leg of their semi-final, and it has been thrilling. Currently deadlocked at 1-1, but Barceleona substitute Asisat Oshoala – who demolished Manchester City in the quarter-finals – just had an incredible chance at putting her side ahead. Just over five minutes left to play.
Main takeaways: Magda Eriksson is still out with her injury, not even fit enough for the bench, with Sophie Ingle expected to take up her spot in the centre of defence. Only change from the side that faced City mid-week is Guro Reiten subbing in for Erin Cuthbert on the left-wing.
Welcome to the liveblog! Chelsea are aiming to make their first ever Champions League final – but Bayern Munich stand in their way.
They have travelled to Munich to play the first of two legs this afternoon in what has already been a huge week for Emma Hayes’s side. On Wednesday they clung on at the Academy Stadium for a 2-2 draw against Manchester City, which essentially kept the Women’s Super League title race in their hands. Remaining two points clear at the top of the table, with just two matches left to play, domestic success looks almost guaranteed.
But they had just three days to refocus their attention on the club’s most treasured ambition – becoming European champions.
They overcame their longtime Wolfsburg block by beating the German former European champions 5-1 in the quarter-finals, Hayes describing it as her “favourite win in charge”. But this next round will likely mean even more if they win and, to do it now – when they are not at full strength – will make it arguably Chelsea’s greatest achievement. Right-back Maren Mjelde has been out since the League Cup final last month with a long-term knee injury, and captain Magda Eriksson is still not fit enough to even make the bench today. It is creates a defensive dilemma for Hayes, with Jess Carter and Sophie Ingle having to slot in as their replacements.
Luckily though, Chelsea have been able to rely upon Ann-Katrin Berger as their last line of defence in goal. Berger has been phenomenal, with important saves against Wolfsburg – not to mention a potential title-winning save against City mid-week – and will be key today.
As for Bayern – current Bundesliga leaders – they arguably had an easier route to this stage, beating Sweden’s Rosengard in the quarter-finals 4-0 on aggregate. They too though have never progressed past the semi-finals, losing in their only last-four appearance in 2019.
We’ll provide live match updates, and full build-up coverage ahead of 4pm kick off – with teams coming next!