Chelsea knocked out of Women’s Champions League

Eniola Aluko (right)

Eniola Aluko (right) gave Chelsea hope of a comeback with a 43rd-minute goal

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)

Attendance: TBC

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