The English have the advantage with Cuthbert, the first half ends at 1-1. Harder’s goal was decisive in the second half
Tactical diligence and the great desire to demonstrate their growth are not enough for Juve to stop Chelsea, the reigning Women’s Champions League vice-champion. The Bianconere from Montemurro play on equal terms the second game of the European group, and this was not to be taken for granted. But in the end they have to bow to the most navigated and cynical opponents in optimizing the opportunities in their favor, and superior from a physical point of view over the long distance. This does not spoil the Allianz Stadium party: seventeen thousand fans were present to experience the first evening of the women’s Championships open to the public.
Montemurro relies forward on the experience of Girelli, Bonansea and Hurtig to put pressure on Chelsea’s three-man defensive line; in midfield the physicality of Pedersen is preferred to the dribble of Zamanian. Juve plays, without fear, and from the very beginning responds blow by blow to the opponent’s attempts. The first intervention of Peyraud-Magnin comes in handy at the quarter of an hour on a detour in the Pedersen area, closing on Kerr. Three minutes later it was Bonansea who frightened the Blues with a header from Lundorf’s fine cross from the right. Juve tries to raise the pace again, Hurtig on the restart is stopped at the most beautiful a couple of times.
BUCK AND ANSWER
Chelsea unlocks it in the half hour with Cuthbert, who escapes Boattin’s marking, finds the opening to concentrate from the right between Rosucci and Salvai who do not sink the doubling and crosses easily at the near post. The home team reacts immediately, still relying on a verticalization of Hurtig, the Londoners are on good guard. But they can’t do anything in the 36th minute when Boattin sees Bonansea’s insertion into the area, who bags the 1-1 ball on a left-handed flight. The roar of the Stadium positively recharges the girls from Montemurro: a situation of equilibrium restored and the Bianconere more mentally free to play their own game.
Juve potentially dangerous at the beginning of the second half in a couple of circumstances, then Cernoia does not find the door on a free kick. The English still pass in the 69th minute when Kerr first exchanges with Kirby, then overpowers Boattin but finds Salvai’s deviation, Harder hits the second ball without fail and Peyraud-Magnin can do little. The Juventus goalkeeper saves the result rather five minutes later, deflecting a big blow from the edge of Kerr onto the diving crossbar. Montemurro introduces fresh forces from the bench, to rekindle Juve’s hopes on the final is Bonfantini who engages Berger from close range. But it is not enough to break even: Chelsea won 2-1, overtaking Juve at the top of the group with four points together with Wolfsburg, the next obstacle for the bianconere who remain at three.
October 13 – 11:02 pm
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