Chelsea have nine points from three UEFA Champions League group games after victory against Real Madrid on a night when Paris Saint-Germain opened their campaign, Roma and Wolfsburg drew and the St. Pölten surprised Slavia Praha in added time.
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Chelsea opened up a five-point lead at the top when two second-half goals got the better of Real Madrid. Fran Kirby was denied the best chance of the first half, and it took until the 67th minute to break the deadlock when Millie Bright headed in an Erin Cuthbert corner and Sophie Ingle headed in from close range.
Cuthbert got the second six minutes later when his cross from the right went straight in at the far post. Chelsea had a shock exit from the group last season, but victory in Madrid on December 8 will guarantee a quarter-final place with two games to spare.
A dominant Paris overwhelmed Vllaznia to claim their first win in Group A and join Madrid on four points. Grace Geyoro’s calm finish broke the visitors’ resistance late in the first half, before Matilda Gjergji turned Sakina Karchaoui’s shot into her own net on the stroke of half-time.
The impressive Ramona Bachmann made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after being brought down by Vllaznia goalkeeper Kaylin Connor Williams-Mosier in the 15th minute of the second half. Sandy Baltimore added another with a left-footed strike, substitute Magnaba Folquet completing the scoring from close range.
December 8: Vllaznia vs Paris, Real Madrid vs Chelsea
Wolfsburg and Roma remain level on points after sharing the spoils in Latina. Valentina Giacinti found the bottom corner to put the home side ahead with just three minutes on the clock to give the debutants real hope of ending the night with a perfect third win.
But Wolfsburg grew into the game and equalized courtesy of Ewa Pajor’s clinical finish, the Polish striker’s fourth goal in the group stage and 16th for club and country overall this season. The visitors had better chances in the second half, but Roma held on.
Mária Mikolajová’s magical moment broke the deadlock in second-half added time and gave St. Pölten. Both teams hit a post in the first half and Mikolajová also went close midway through the second period.
However, the visitors’ No.7 saved the best for last as he skipped a couple of tackles before unleashing a sensational shot. Jasmin Eder, from St. Pölten, has been sent off late and will miss the homecoming.
December 8: Wolfsburg – Rome, St. Pölten vs Slavia Prague