Erin Cuthbert kept Chelsea's hopes of a first-ever Champions
League final alive with a superb second half volley on Sunday as
Lyon narrowly beat the Blues 2-1 in the first leg of their
Cuthbert rocketed home a long-distance volley 18 minutes from the
end in a stirring second-half display that will give Emma Hayes'
side hope of seeing off the French side in England next weekend.
Lyon, who are five-times winner of the competition and in the
hunt for their fourth straight title, looked set to cruise
through at half-time thanks to Magdalena Ericsson's own goal and
a glancing finish from Amandine Henry.
Chelsea squeezed past Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 thanks to a last
gasp winner from Maren Mjelde in the previous round, and will be
more confident of knocking out the dominant force in women's
football after taking the game to Lyon in the second period.
However they could rue Fran Kirkby missing a soft-looking penalty
on the stroke of half-time, and giving away two sloppy goals in
the first half that could yet see them knocked out.
Lyon were gifted their opener in the 27th minute when Blues
centre-back Ericsson turned Delphine Cascarino's cross past her
own goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger.
Chelsea were sloppy again for Lyon's second, giving away an
unnecessary corner and then watching the ball sail past everyone
via the slightest of touches from Henry.
The London side dusted themselves off after the break and got
their deserved goal thanks to Cuthbert, who perfectly met Bethany
England's knock with a left-footed strike that crashed past Sarah
Bouhaddi in the Lyon goal.
The winner of the tie will take on either Bayern Munich or
Barcelona, who face off in the other semi-final later on Sunday.