Chelsea Ladies were knocked out of the Women’s Champions League despite a creditable 1-1 draw at German side Wolfsburg in the last-32 second leg.
England forward Eniola Aluko capitalised on a defensive error to slot in shortly before half-time.
Chelsea almost had a second but Karen Carney’s crisp strike hit the woodwork.
Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir’s sweet finish ensured Wolfsburg progressed, as they beat Chelsea 4-1 on aggregate for the second consecutive season.
Chelsea were much improved from the side lost 3-0 at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday.
Aluko’s low finish gave Emma Hayes’ side hope of what had seemed an unlikely comeback, as she raced onto a short backpass from Isabel Kerchowski for a deserved lead.
Wolfsburg – last season’s finalists and two-time champions – saw more of the ball after half-time.
But England winger Carney almost set up a nervy finish when her superb effort from outside the area struck the angle of the upright, before the hosts sealed it through Gunnarsdottir with 10 minutes to play.
Wolfsburg: Schult, Jakabfi, Fischer, Gunnarsdottir, Peter, Blasse, Popp, Dickenmann, Hansen (Mittag 73), Kerschowski, Goessling (Bernauer 90+1).
Subs not used: Frohms, Van Egmond, Wullaert, Maritz, Bussaglia.
Goals: Gunnarsdottir (80)
Chelsea: Lindahl, Blundell, Bright, Flaherty, Fahey, Davison, Carney, Aluko (C Rafferty 89), Ji, Borges, Chapman (c).
Subs not used: Spencer, England, Spence, Bailey, L Rafferty, Taylor.
Goals: Aluko (23)
Referee: Carina Vitalano (ITA)
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37628365