Women’s Champions League: Chelsea crash out of Europe after loss at Wolfsburg

Women’s Champions League: Chelsea crash out of Europe after loss at Wolfsburg

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Chelsea have now had four Women’s Champions League campaigns ended by WolfsburgChelsea were knocked out of the Women’s Champions League with a 4-0 capitulation against Wolfsburg in their final group game.

Chelsea started the night top of Group A but eventually finished third behind Wolfsburg and Juventus.

All three sides finished equal on points but head-to-head results mean last year’s beaten finalists go out.

Two goals each from Svenja Huth and Tabea Wassmuth saw Wolfsburg win the group in stunning fashion.

Only two last-eight spots were available at the start of the night, with Chelsea, Wolfsburg and Juventus all capable of securing a spot in the knockout stage.

Chelsea needed just a point to finish top of the group but instead slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season.

Wolfsburg v Chelsea as it happened’Chelsea unrecognisable’Blues manager Emma Hayes said she didn’t “recognise her team”, and blamed anxiety among her players over the Covid outbreak in the squad for the manner of the defeat.

Ann-Katrin Berger and Drew Spence did not fly to Germany for the decisive final group game after testing positive for coronavirus.

“They’re really, really difficult moments as a coach when you have so many players performing so poorly and they’re so disjointed and all over the place,” she said.

However, she added that it was “important” for her to say congratulations to Wolfsburg as they “deserved to go through”.

A loss by one goal would have been enough for Chelsea to squeeze through, but two-time competition winners Wolfsburg rattled the visitors with two quickfire goals from Huth in the first half.

Sam Kerr skimmed a shot off the crossbar before the break but Chelsea were generally well contained by the hosts.

Hayes went to her bench before the break, bringing Ji So-yun on for Sophie Ingle in an attempt to find a solution while they still had some hope of recovering.

Ji did test Wolfsburg goalkeeper Almuth Schult soon after coming on with a tame attempt, and while Fran Kirby also called the keeper into action with a volley early in the second half they were largely limited to half chances.

When Wassmuth was able to meet a pass from Huth before running into the box and poking the ball into the bottom corner, Chelsea’s hopes looked all but completely over with 30 minutes remaining.

Aniek Nouwen went closest to pulling a goal back when she crashed a header off the post, but Wassmuth smashed home a fourth soon after to put the result and the London club’s fate beyond doubt.

The decisive group game in Germany was the latest instalment in a fierce rivalry between two sides who have met in Europe’s top club competition five times in the past seven seasons.

Chelsea knocked out the five-time finalists last season, but this result saw Wolfsburg end Hayes’ side’s European campaign for a fourth time.

Line-upsVfL Wolfsburg LadiesFormation 4-3-3

1Schult

24Wedemeyer4Hendrich6Janssen13Rauch

5Oberdorf10Huth8Lattwein

22van de Sanden28Waßmuth14Roord

1Schult24Wedemeyer4Hendrich6Janssen13Rauch5OberdorfBooked at 90mins10Huth8Lattwein22van de SandenSubstituted forBremerat 57’minutes28WaßmuthSubstituted forWilmsat 85’minutes14RoordSubstituted forKnaakat 81’minutesSubstitutes2Wilms7Bremer9Blässe16Starke18Smits19Svava23Doorsoun30Weiß31Cordes33KnaakChelsea WomenFormation 3-4-3

1Musovic

4Bright7Carter16Eriksson

22Cuthbert5Ingle8Leupolz11Reiten

23Harder20Kerr14Kirby

1Musovic4Bright7CarterSubstituted forCharlesat 74’minutes16ErikssonSubstituted forNouwenat 51’minutes22Cuthbert5IngleSubstituted forJiat 40’minutes8LeupolzBooked at 90mins11ReitenSubstituted forEnglandat 74’minutes23HarderBooked at 65mins20Kerr14KirbySubstituted forFlemingat 74’minutesSubstitutes3Nouwen9England10Ji17Fleming21Charles25Andersson28Telford29FoxLive TextMatch ends, VfL Wolfsburg Ladies 4, Chelsea Women 0.

Second Half ends, VfL Wolfsburg Ladies 4, Chelsea Women 0.

Lena Oberdorf (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lena Oberdorf (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies).

Pernille Harder (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Felicitas Rauch (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women).

Attempt missed. Turid Knaak (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lynn Wilms following a corner.

Corner, VfL Wolfsburg Ladies. Conceded by Zecira Musovic.

Attempt saved. Lena Oberdorf (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, VfL Wolfsburg Ladies. Conceded by Aniek Nouwen.

Offside, VfL Wolfsburg Ladies. Dominique Janssen tries a through ball, but Pauline Bremer is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Lynn Wilms (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Svenja Huth.

Substitution, VfL Wolfsburg Ladies. Lynn Wilms replaces Tabea Waßmuth.

Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Niamh Charles.

Attempt missed. Tabea Waßmuth (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lena Oberdorf with a through ball.

Hand ball by Felicitas Rauch (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies).

Substitution, VfL Wolfsburg Ladies. Turid Knaak replaces Jill Roord.

Foul by Marie-Joelle Wedemeyer (VfL Wolfsburg Ladies).

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