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Chelsea are through to the UEFA Women's Champions League semi finals for the second year in succession after a late goal took them to a 3-2 aggregate victory over Paris Saint Germain.
Emma Hayes' side went into the match with a two-goal lead from the first leg and found themselves having to face a partisan home crowd at the Stade Jean Bouin. There were few scares during the early stages of the game, Marie-Antoinette Katoto going closest for PSG with a header that was off target.
As the half wore on, PSG began to step up the pressure with Ashley Lawrence hitting the side netting and Katoto curling a shot just wide, but Chelsea held firm to keep the scoreline goalless going into half time.
However, the second half could not have started any worse for the Blues as Lawrence crossed for Kadidiatou Diani to reduce the arrears and then, Ann-Katrin Berger spilled a corner into her own net to bring the French side level on aggregate. Berger redeemed herself afterwards with a save from Lawrence as Chelsea clung on under the increasing pressure.
The Blues regained their composure and as the match went into injury time, stunned the home side with a killer blow. Karen Carney drilled a cross into the area from deep and Maren Mjelde stole in beyond the far post to volley past Christiane Endler for a precious away goal. There was not enough time for PSG to respond and Chelsea were on their way into the last four.
The next task will be an even tougher one against Olympique Lyonnais, who eliminated VfL Wolfsburg with a 4-2 victory on the night, whilst Barcelona will meet Bayern Munich in the other semi final.
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