Matchday 5 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League resumed on Wednesday with games held at various venues. The unpredictability of Group D games was evident, considering the form of key players in the teams involved.
In a clash that unfolded at a tumultuous pace, Chelsea Women intensified the chaos for Real Madrid Women, securing a 2-1 victory. The first half remained goalless, suggesting Real Madrid Women might salvage a point. However, Guro Reiten’s 62nd-minute penalty tilted the balance in favor of Chelsea. Real Madrid Women responded with del Castillo equalizing in the 69th minute. A twist of fate occurred as Chana’s own goal propelled Chelsea ahead, earning them all three points in their fifth group game.
Meanwhile, in Sweden, Hacken Women couldn’t overcome the challenge posed by visiting Paris FC Féminine from France, resulting in a draw. Parisienne’s goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie, showcased vibrant saves, frustrating Hacken and denting their confidence. Despite increased chances in the second half, the encounter between Hacken and Paris Women concluded in a goalless draw on Matchday 5.
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As a result of their victory, Chelsea secured a spot in the next phase with 11 points, avenging their November 2023 loss to Real Madrid. Hacken is on the verge of securing a quarterfinal ticket, but Paris FC Women are also in contention and must approach their final group game seriously. Real Madrid Women are now out of the competition, redirecting their focus to their local league. Were you surprised by Real Madrid’s early exit? Share your thoughts.