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Home comforts in Champions League
 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 4 Mar 2021
 
The two Barclays FA WSL clubs will take good leads into the return meetings of their respective UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 16 ties after both won their first legs on home soil on Wednesday.
 
Manchester City were first in action against Fiorentina and could not have asked for a better start as they took a large, early advantage. With barely 90 seconds on the clock, Chloe Kelly burst down the right and crossed for Lauren Hemp to head City in front at the far post. Before Fiorentina could recover, they found themselves two goals behind, Hemp this time turning provider as her low centre from the left was fired emphatically home by Ellen White.
 
In a powerful first half display, City could well have added further goals before the break but both Hemp and White were denied by good saves from Katja Schroffenegger.
 
Fiorentina introduced Scotland international Lana Clelland as a half time substitute and came more into the game as attacking force after the break, going closest when a counter attack released Frederikke Thogersen on goal but she shot wide with only Ellie Roebuck to beat.
 
Although not as rampant as they were before the interval, City always threatened to get a third and after a Steph Houghton free kick had sailed inches wide, they got what they wanted, sealing a 3-0 victory when Sam Mewis headed in from a Kelly cross.
 
Chelsea were next up at home to Atletico Madrid, who have proved to be a thorn in the side of English teams in the competition in recent seasons. Emma Hayes' side will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg next week, but the scoreline barely reveals a very eventful and incident packed match at Kingsmeadow.
 
With twelve minutes on the clock, Atletico were awarded a penalty after Rasheedat Ajibade was brought down in the area by Sophie Ingle and the Welsh international was shown a red card for her challenge. Denya Castellanos stepped up but Ann-Katrin Berger dived to keep out her kick and deny Atletico a precious away goal.
 
Chelsea kept things tight to ensure the scoreline was goalless at the break but just before the hour, they were awarded a penalty of their own after a foul on Sam Kerr. Maren Mjelde kept her nerve to beat former team mate Hedvig Lindahl from the spot and the Blues were in front. Six minutes later, Chelsea had doubled their lead, Fran Kirby finding space to finish calmly.
 
The Blues needed to survive another scare with ten minutes remaining though, as a third penalty was awarded and a second for Atletico. Berger had been the player to give the penalty away for her challenge on Ludmila, but she made amends by producing a second save from the spot, this time keeping out Merel Van Dongen's kick.
 

 
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