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Champions League review: Harder hurts her former team but City struggle

Mike Bovill
Authored by Mike Bovill
Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 06:56

Chelsea will take a battling 2-1 lead into the second leg of their Women's Champions League quarter-final against Wolfsburg. It was the Blues' first victory against the German side in their last seven meetings but it was far from straightforward.

Wolfsburg hit the woodwork twice and had another shot saved off the line before Sam Kerr opened the scoring.

Pernille Harder, who joined Chelsea from Wolfsburg last summer for a world-record fee, doubled the WSL leaders' advantage only for Wolfsburg to gain a goal back from the penalty spot.

Both legs are being played in Hungary because of current Covid travel restrictions.

Manchester City were in Itay to play Barcelona for similar reasons and suffered a 3-0 defeat in the absence of captain Steph Houghton.

Although keeper Ellie Roebuck was in constant action, City manager Gareth Taylor believes he saw enough from his side to suggest they can mount a comeback in the home leg next week.

"I don't think it's a tough task," Taylor told BBC Sport. "I think we can turn it around. It's within our capabilities.

"The way this team has performed this season and the goals we have scored, I think we can do it, no problem at all."

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