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Chelsea gave everything they could but it wasn't quite enough to take them to their first UEFA Women's Champions League Final, as the 1-1 draw in their semi final second leg with holders Olympique Lyonnais means they go out 3-2 on aggregate.
In front of a sell out crowd at Kingsmeadow, Emma Hayes' side went into the game trailing 2-1 from the first leg, Erin Cuthbert's late away goal giving them real hope going into the match.
Amandine Henry went close with an early header but Chelsea's hopes were struck a huge blow when a Lyon counter attack ended with Ada Hegerberg squaring for Eugenie Le Sommer to beat Ann-Katrin Berger with a deflected shot and put the French Champions in front.
Chelsea responded with a huge penalty claim when a shot from Erin Cuthbert appeared to strike the hand of a Lyon defender, but play was waved on. The Blues were awarded a free kick shortly afterwards when Cuthbert was tripped on the edge of the area. Ji So-Yun stepped up to curl the resulting kick over the wall and past Sarah Bouhaddi to level the scores on the day, and bring Chelsea back into the match.
The second half started slowly but Chelsea began to pick up the pace again as they sought a second. Ramona Bachmann saw a shot blocked at the far post following a good run and cross by Fran Kirby and Karen Carney went even closer, with a shot which came back off the post.
A free kick taken by Cuthbert was returned into the area by Magdalena Eriksson for Millie Bright but the defender was denied by Bouhaddi, who came to her side's rescue by pulling off a great point blank save.
Drew Spence shot wide following another free kick but Chelsea could not make another breakthrough and Lyon safely negotiated the final stages to move to the brink of a fifth European title, whilst Chelsea went out at the semi final stages of a knockout competition for the third time this season.
Barcelona meanwhile sealed their place in the Final for the first time, as they defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 for a 2-0 aggregate victory.
Barca took the lead during first half injury time, when Mariona scored from the penalty spot. They defended well to preserve their lead throughout the second half and Bayern were never able to get themselves back into the tie.
There was a down side to Barcelona's victory though as Kheira Hamraoui, who scored the winning goal in the first leg, was sent off for two bookable offences with twenty minutes remaining and she will miss the Final in Budapest on Saturday 18th May.
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