Women’s Champions League: Chelsea suffer narrow defeat in first leg of semi-final against Bayern Munich

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 (AFP via Getty Images)
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Chelsea Women have work to if they are to reach their first ever Champions League Final after losing 2-1 in the first leg of their semi-final against Bayern Munich.

The Blues scored an away goal but went down in Germany as a second-half strike from Hanna Glas gave Bayern a slender advantage going into the second leg at Kingsmeadow next Sunday.

But the tie is very much in the balance and Chelsea will be confident of overturning the deficit and keeping alive their hopes of winning four trophies this season.

Bayern went ahead early on through Sydney Lohmann before Melanie Leupolz equalised for WSL leaders Chelsea shortly afterwards.

Glas put Bayern back in front in the second half to give Bayern the initiative.

Chelsea fell behind on 12 minutes after an uncharacteristic error from Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger proved costly.

Berger, who has been excellent this season, flapped at a cross from Glas and Sydney Lohmann was on hand to head in the opener.

Chelsea equalised after 22 minutes thanks to huge slice of luck.

An attempted Bayern clearance from a free-kick hit the unknowing Leupolz on the head and went in to draw the Blues level.

Bayern went back ahead on 56 minutes when Glas was allowed to travel a long way with the ball before she unleashed a fine strike into the corner from 20 yards.

Chelsea went close to an equaliser when Ji So-yun thundered an effort against the underside of the bar for outside the area.

But Bayern held on and take a narrow advantage into the second leg.

In the other semi-final, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona drew 1-1.

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