Bayern Munich Frauen win first leg of UCL semifinal against Chelsea

Bayern Munich Frauen celebrating against Chelsea in the first leg of Champions League semi-final. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Bayern Munich Frauen celebrating against Chelsea in the first leg of Champions League semi-final. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Bayern Munich Frauen recorded a 2-1 victory over visiting Chelsea in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal. The hosts took an early lead in the 12th minute with a goal from Syndey Lohmann.

However, the one-goal advantage wouldn’t last long as Chelsea drew level just ten minutes later through a goal from Melanie Leupolz. In the second half, Hanna Glas’ fantastic strike from just outside the penalty area put Die Roten ahead 2-1 and that would be the final goal of the match.

Glas leads the way to victory

It was a fantastic performance by Glas as the Bayern midfielder was involved in both of her club’s goals. Her cross in the 12th minute led to Lohmann’s opening goal and then her splendid strike in the 57th minute found the top corner of the net.

This was her second match-winning goal of the week as she scored what proved to be the winner against Turbine Potsdam in mid-week action. Glas certainly was Bayern’s best player of the week and her goal against Chelsea could prove to be a pivotal moment in their Champions League campaign.

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Bayern hold Chelsea to one goal

Although Chelsea did get an away goal from their trip to Munich, Die Roten became just the fifth club this season to hold Chelsea to one goal in a match. This should be seen as a positive takeaway from the first leg as holding Chelsea’s prolific offensive to one goal has been the way to earn a victory or draw against them.

When looking at their fixtures this season, it’s clear that when they are allowed to score multiple goals in a match they almost always win. In fact, they have not lost a single match in the FA Women’s Super League or Champions League when they score two goals or more. Chelsea has only won two of the seven matches where they have been held to a single goal in the aforementioned competitions.

Undefeated in the UCL

Sunday’s victory allows Die Roten to remain undefeated in the Champions League this season. They have yet to lose or be held to a draw by a single club in the competition. It’s been an incredible run of form that could continue as they look to defeat Chelsea in the second leg and win the final in Sweden.

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Looking ahead to the second leg

Bayern will travel to England for the second leg which will be played on Sunday, May 2. The winner will advance to the Champions League final to face either Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona. PSG and Barcelona played to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their semifinal matchup.