Chelsea missed the chance to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Women’s Champions League when they were held to a goalless draw by Juventus – despite dominating the match in Kingsmeadow.
The hosts controlled the first half and hit the woodwork twice when Juve frustrated them with a low block and a bit robust defense.
Erin Cuthbert went close first and hit an attempt from the edge of the box as visiting goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin juggled into the crossbar, before Sam Kerr saw a floating cross drift up the woodwork.
Peyraud-Magnin made a number of impressive stops throughout the match, with one that saw her tip a long-range effort from Millie Bright around the post particularly brilliant.
The match was basically an attack on defensive practice, with Chelsea camping on Juve’s half and the guests posed a small threat.
No winner could be found, with Bright once again coming close from inside the area after an idiotic pitch invader had to be dealt with as the match drew to a close.
The result means that Chelsea travels to Wolfsburg for their last match in Group A with 11 points, three ahead of both Juve and the German side but needs an away result to be sure of their development in the competition.
Bright was excellent / Warren Little / GettyImages
Ann-Katrin Berger (GK) – 6/10 – Was only called to action for the first time in the evening after an hour of play, conveniently handling Hurtig’s strike. Good gliding tackle on Bonansea but got himself notified of the ensuing disagreement.
Millie Bright (CB) – 7/10 – It looked like he had opened the scoring with a thunderbolt, only for Peyraud-Magnin to make a sprawling save. Played some amazing diagonal passes next to.
Jessica Carter (CB) – 6/10 – Had an uncertain moment when he wanted to steer the ball out of play, only for Bonansea to come in before her.
Magdalena Eriksson (CB) – 6/10 – Had to deal with a pitch invader who was trying to get a picture with her. Handled Juve’s attacking threat well enough.
Erin Cuthbert (RWB) – 7/10 – Looked light especially in the early stages and hit the crossbar with the first chance of the match.
Sophie Ingle (CM) – 6/10 – Was not shy about an effort from a distance, but could not test Peyraud-Magnin so much.
Ji So-yun (CM) – 5/10 – Got wiped out after a nod in the box, but got nothing for it.
Guro Riding (LWB) – 6/10 – Saw a shot fired by Peyraud-Magnin. Went close shortly after but was denied again.
Harder returned to Chelsea / Warren Little / GettyImages
Pernille Harder (RW) – 6/10 – Made her return to the starting lineup. Had a decent shooting opportunity but saw it divert from a defensive shoe. Building up the fitness was not at her most electric, but a decent shift nonetheless.
Sam Kerr (ST) – 6/10 – Saw her cross hit the top of the crossbar, while combining nicely with Kirby all the time. Had the ball in the net but got it rejected due to offside.
Fran Kirby (LW) – 6/10 – Linked well with Kerr and lined up for what looked like the opener, but it was offside. Some lovely workouts throughout.
Beth England (FW) – 6/10
Melanie Leupolz (CM) – 5/10
Huge effort from Montemurro’s Juventus. They dug in and held out under pressure.
Pauline Peyraud Magnin receives huge hugs from her teammates. Deserved for a cruel performance between the sticks. #CHEJUV | #UWCL | #GOTBLive
– Girls on the Ball (@GirlsontheBall) December 8, 2021
Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (GK) – 9/10 – Tipped Cuthbert’s blow to the crossbar. That was the only reason why Juve were even at half time and came to some extraordinary stops. Calmer second half but brilliant all in all.
Matilde Lundorf (RB) – 8/10 – Large space in the box to stop a certain target. Like the rest of Juve’s defenders, she was brilliant.
Martina Lenzini (CB) – 7/10 – Dropped over and gave Kerr the chance to go through on goal, who luckily got away with it. Apart from that mistake, it was good all the time.
Cecilia Salvai (CB) – 8/10 – Did some excellent cleaning heads all the time and intervened to stop Kerr’s conversion with a good block.
Lisa Boattin (LB) – 8/10 – Had a tough job with Cuthbert but did some important blocks.
Martina Rosucci (CM) – 6/10 – Could not always stop Chelsea’s midfield from finding ways through and in behind. Worked hard.
Sofie Junge (CM) – 5/10 – Did well when Juventus suffocated their hosts. Not too many moments of quality in the future.
Annahita Zamanian (CM) – 6/10 – Went through a lot of running before he was removed.
Quick took a bang / Warren Little / GettyImages
Barbara Bonansea (RW) – 6/10 – Had Juve’s first chance, when she saw her shot blocked. Good perseverance to steal the ball from Carter, but ran over the ball. Kicked out against Cuthbert and got into a fight with Berger and got a book for the incident.
Cristiana Girelli (ST) – 5/10 – Needed some medical treatment after being beaten by Reiten.
Lina Hurtig (LW) – 5/10 – Went down injured during one of the guests’ rare trips forward in the first half. Berger carefully tested just over an hour into the procedure.
Arianna Caruso (CM) – 5/10
Andrea Staskova (ST) 5/10
Agnese Bonfantini (ST) – 6/10
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