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Mixed fortunes in semi finals
 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 25 Apr 2018
 
Manchester City and Chelsea endured mixed fortunes as both teams hosted the first legs of their respective UEFA Women's Champions League semi finals.
 
City battled out a goalless draw with holders Olympique Lyonnais but Chelsea have work to do in the second leg of their tie after having been beaten 3-1 by VfL Wolfsburg at Kingsmeadow.
 
Manchester City had gone out to Lyon at this stage last season and on this occasion, they avoided the bad start of twelve months ago when they conceded an early goal to the French side.
 
After having kept things tight early on, they produced a great opportunity when Melissa Lawley shot wide after Nikita Parris had dispossessed Lucy Bronze.
 
Lyon grew stronger as the half wore on with Wendie Renard and Eugenie Le Sommer going close and after the break, Ada Hegerberg and Le Sommer both drew good saves from Karen Bardsley.
 
Izzy Christiansen drilled a shot narrowly wide at the other end but City needed to dig in in the latter stages with Bardsley making good stops from Bronze and Camille Abily before literally saving the best for last, a brilliant fingertip save to deny Amandine Henry.
 
The teams go into this week's return leg on level terms although City's clean sheet does mean that Lyon will have to win the game if they are to progress to the Final.
 
In complete contrast at Kingsmeadow, Chelsea got off to the perfect start against Wolfsburg albeit with a touch of fortune about their second minute opener. The ball appeared to cross the line for a throw in as Fran Kirby battled for possession near the corner fleg but no flag was raised and Kirby fed Ji So-Yun in the area, where she turned away from two markers and planted an inch perfect shot inside the far post.
 
The lead lasted for fifteen minutes until Wolfsburg also struck with their first meaningful effort on goal. Lara Dickenmann did well down the left to clip in a cross and Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir reacted quickest to steal in and give Hedvig Lindahl no chance with a close range header.
 
Ewa Pajor could have put Wolfsburg ahead with she raced through but shot wide but after a good spell by Chelsea, Wolfsburg did go in front when Lena Goessling's free kick into the area found the net via the unfortunate Maren Mjelde.
 
Chelsea tried to take the game to their opponents as play resumed in the second half but were finding it hard to get going and it was Wolfsburg who were looking more like scoring, Alexandra Popp driving a free kick over the bar.
 
The third goal was to come though, arriving in spectacular fashion midway through the second half. Caroline Hansen's cross into the area took a deflection but Dickenmann was able to adjust herself and hook her shot past a diving Lindahl.
 
Lindahl needed to make a save late on to prevent Pajor from further extending Wolfsburg's lead and as the teams are set to meet in the second leg this week, Chelsea will need to score at least three times if they are to overturn the tie and make it through to the Final.
 

 
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