Women's Champions League: Chelsea beat Lyon, Wolfsburg win

Women’s Champions League: Chelsea beat Lyon, Wolfsburg win

LYON, France – Lyon’s chances of a seventh Women’s Champions League title in eight years were hampered by a 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the first leg of their quarter-final on Wednesday.

Guro Reiten’s winner – a curling strike in the 28th minute – puts Chelsea in control against the defending champions for next week’s second leg at Stamford Bridge.

Since 2016, Lyon have failed to win the competition just once – in 2021, when they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by French rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG, who have never won the Champions League, lost 1-0 to Wolfsburg in the first leg of the other quarter-final on Wednesday.

Delphine Cascarino hit the post for Lyon in the second half but the eight-time champions could not find an equalizer at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

The Norway international’s goal was set up by Erin Cuthbert, who fought Ellie Carpenter in midfield before slotting a pass into the area for Reitan’s one-timer.

Chelsea have never won the tournament. It lost 4-0 to Barcelona in the 2021 final.

In Paris, defender Dominik Janssen converted a penalty in the 62nd minute for the visitors at the Parc des Princes.

The penalty was awarded to the German side after a video review ruled that Elisa de Almeida had handled the ball in the area – an infringement that earned the PSG defender her second yellow card and a sending off.

Bayern Munich and Barcelona won 1-0 against Arsenal and Roma respectively in the first leg on Tuesday.

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