Chelsea Ladies’ Women’s Champions League hopes were all but ended as they lost 3-0 to Wolfsburg in their first ever game at Stamford Bridge.
Hungary midfielder Zsanett Jakabfi’s hat-trick gave the German side control of the round of 32 tie.
Chelsea, who are currently second in the English top flight, were second best throughout the first leg, watched by a crowd of 3,783.
Wolfsburg, last season’s finalists, host the second leg on 12 October.
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Having won the competition twice since 2012-13, Wolfsburg’s array of world-class internationals were always going to pose a threat but they were aided by poor Chelsea defending before the break.
Goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl and England left-back Claire Rafferty – who scored two own goals as Chelsea lost 4-1 on aggregate to Wolfsburg in the last 16 last season – both hesitated with a long ball and Jakabfi pounced to scoop the ball over Lindahl for the opening goal.
An unmarked Jakabfi headed in a second and Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen could have made it 3-0 before half-time, as the German side dominated.
Jakabfi completed her hat-trick with a calm finish after a swift counter attack just after the break and it would have been 4-0 but for a fine double save from Lindahl later in the second half.
Chelsea: Lindahl, Blundell (Davison 45), Bright, Flaherty, Fahey, Carney, Aluko, C Rafferty, England (Spence 78), Borges (Ji 28), Chapman.
Subs not used: Spencer, Kirby, Bailey, L Rafferty.
Wolfsburg: Schult, Jakabfi (Mittag 72), Fischer(c), Gunnarsdottir, Peter, Blasse, Popp, Dickenmann, Hansen (Wullaert 62), Kerschowski, Goessling (Simic 90).
Subs not used: Frohms, Maritz, Bernauer, Bussaglia.
Goals: Jakabfi (12, 38, 53)
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi
Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37553244