Chelsea 3-0 Rosengard. By Asif Burhan at Kingsmeadow
CHELSEA moved to the brink of the last eight of the Champions League with a resounding 3-0 win over Swedish side FC Rosengard at Kingsmeadow on Wednesday night, maintaining their record of not conceding a goal at their new home.
A proud Chelsea manager Emma Hayes claimed: “It’s the minimum standard. For us goals are the bonus, clean sheets are what we pride ourselves on.”
As in their previous home first leg against Bayern Munich, Chelsea roared out of the blocks pinning their visitors back with tireless pressing and fluent movement.
Rosengard goalkeeper Zecira Musovic performed heroics keeping the English side out, saving three times from captain Katie Chapman alone in a hectic opening flurry.
It was clear it would take something special to beat her and it was no surprise when Fran Kirby provided it by cutting inside two defenders and curling expertly into Musovic’s far corner with her left foot.
Rosengard had offered little threat in the first half aside from a looping Ella Masar header which the superb Crystal Dunn hooked off the line. Yet they came out looking a different side after the break, forcing a succession of chances from set-pieces and threatening to get the away goal.
However, unlike against Bayern, Chelsea managed to score what would prove to be a decisive second goal. The recalled Ji So Yun brought the ball forward and slipped the ball through to former Rosengard forward Ramona Bachmann, who steadied herself before firing home.
Following a fortunate ricochet in the penalty area, Gilly Flaherty added a third shortly after to complete a perfect night for the WSL leaders.
“It’s all about going on the pitch and having fun,” Bachmann explained. “We enjoy playing, that’s why our performances are so good at the moment.”
Assessing her team’s chances of recovering in next week’s second leg, Rosengard’s Simone Boye Sorensen said their chances were bleak. “Of course we have to believe in it but, yeah, right now it looks very difficult.”