Chelsea secured their first Women’s Champions League win over the season but were made to work hard for it by a dogged Juventus side playing in front of more than 16,000 fans in Turin.
Having rescued a late draw against Wolfsburg on matchday one, Chelsea dominated the ball against the Italian champions, who were looking to spring an upset.
Juve battled hard in midfield throughout and delivery into the penalty area from both full-backs asked plenty of questions of the Chelsea back three.
Emma Hayes’ team got what was probably a deserved lead when Erin Cuthbert drove at the heart of the Juve defence and finished low past ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.
But that lead lasted only a few minutes when Barbara Bonansea perfectly timed a run into the box and turned in a volleyed finish to equalise.
Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr both floated in and out of the game and it was Pernille Harder who was Chelsea’s most consistent attacking threat and most likely source of another goal. So it was little surprise when the Dane popped up with Chelsea’s second midway through the second half.
That proved decisive for the WSL side, although Juventus can take great pride from their performance for the remainder of the group stage.
1. Goalkeeper & defenders
Agnese Bonfantini (RF) – 7/10
Martina Lenzini (CB) – 6/10
Andrea Staskova (ST) – 5/10
Ariana Caruso (CM) – 6/10
Annahita Zamanian (CM) – N/A
Chelsea player ratings
Fran Kirby (RF) – 7/10 – In and out of the game but it was her off the ball movement that created the space for the opening goal.
Sam Kerr (ST) – 6/10 – Lacked her usual sharpness in front of goal but still involved in good attacking play with her two attacking colleagues.
Pernille Harder (LF) – 8/10 – Cross-field pass set up Cuthbert’s goal. Generally a livewire and was rewarded with Chelsea’s second goal.
Jessie Fleming (CM) – 6/10
Sophie Ingle (CM) – 6/10
Jonna Andersson (LB) – 6/10