Chelsea 0-0 Juventus: Emma Hayes’ Blues have everything to do in their last Champions League game


Chelsea will have to wait until their last group game to secure their place in the Champions League round of 16 after being held to 0-0 by Juventus.

It was a game Chelsea should have won. They had 25 shots against two for Juve, had 72 percent of possession and spent the majority of the game in their opponents’ half.

But the Blues ended the night frustrated when Sam Kerr fought off a rogue field invader in the latter stages of the game.

A pitch invader entered the pitch to take a selfie with Chelsea star Sam Kerr during the game

The 28-year-old Australian forward was unimpressed and pushed him to the ground

The 28-year-old Australian forward was unimpressed and pushed him to the ground

The Australian looked superb in Chelsea’s 3-0 FA Cup triumph over Arsenal on Sunday, but couldn’t find the magic touch to send her side into the final eight. However, she sent the pitch invader flying, though she was booked for her troubles.

“I don’t know why he didn’t just wait until the end. He could have had a photo if he really wanted one, ”Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said of the pitch invader. “All kidding aside, you have to think about player safety.

“We have seen in the growth of the game there is a feeling that the players are more in demand. I think that should remind our stadiums and our stewards that we have to put player protection first.

The Blues just need a point from their last game against Wolfsburg to progress as group winners, but should have taken all three here.

However, this is a Juve side that have won their 10 league games in Italy with 24 goals scored and only two conceded.

They came here to frustrate Chelsea, knowing that a draw would leave them in a strong position to advance to the round of 16 with the last of the Servette group to play in their final game – and they celebrated that point as a victory .

Erin Cuthbert (left) fends off Juventus' Lina Hurtig in Champions League clash

Erin Cuthbert (left) fends off Juventus’ Lina Hurtig in Champions League clash

Chelsea coach Emma Hayes' side need just one point to advance to the round of 16

Chelsea coach Emma Hayes’ side need just one point to advance to the round of 16

“The game went exactly as I expected,” added Hayes. “To play a game so soon after the FA Cup final, a game of this magnitude, I am extremely proud of the players.

“We were the team that pushed for the goals. I thought we looked a bit tired in the advanced areas, but I think that was to be expected. We scored a point, we are in charge of the last game in the position we want to be in, I’m really proud of my players.

“I know they (Juve) celebrated like it was their cup final. To finish this game without conceding a goal in what I think was a very difficult time, will prepare us well for next week.

Joe Montemurro has won only once in 12 games against Chelsea during his tenure as Arsenal coach, with two draws and nine losses, but it was a happy return to Kingsmeadow for the Juve boss.

Juventus boss Joe Montemurro rallies his players amid Champions League clash

Juventus boss Joe Montemurro rallies his players amid Champions League clash

Juventus players were delighted with the result and celebrated the draw after the final whistle

Juventus players were delighted with the result and celebrated the draw after the final whistle

Montemurro was seen congratulating his full-time players after his side drew 0-0 at Kingsmeadow

Montemurro was seen congratulating his full-time players after his side drew 0-0 at Kingsmeadow

Chelsea had more than enough chances to win this game and could have taken the advantage instantly thanks to Erin Cuthbert, but his effort into the goal was pushed over the bar by Juve keeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin .

Sophie Ingle then moved closer to a practice from the edge of the box before Peyraud-Magnin was called again as she reversed Guro Reiten’s scathing shot.

Kerr then had two golden opportunities to give the advantage to the Blues.

The first saw her out-of-muscle defender Martina Lenzini cross on goal before rounding Peyraud-Magning at an angle, but her effort rebounded just past the post.

The second came moments later as Fran Kirby waltzed through Jvue’s defense before sending a perfect cross, but the forward’s header sailed just over the crossbar.

Millie Bright was next to come closest to the opening goal as the defender’s long-range strike was repelled by Peyraud-Magnin.

Kirby had the ball in the net early in the second half after being played by Pernille Harder, but the forward was flagged offside.

A rare Juve counterattack just past the hour mark saw Lina Hurtig force Ann-Katrin Berger to make a save at her nearby post, but it was a comfortable save for the Chelsea keeper.

Beth England forced Peyraud-Magnin to make another save before Kerr missed another great opportunity from the resulting corner. Cuthbert’s delivery went all the way to the back post, but an unmarked Kerr couldn’t react in time to finish.

Kerr is pushed back by Juventus goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud Magnin which earned him a point

Kerr is pushed back by Juventus goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud Magnin which earned him a point

Peyraud Magnin made several crucial stops to deny Hayes' side on a cold night in the capital

Peyraud Magnin made several crucial stops to deny Hayes’ side on a cold night in the capital

Chelsea continued to advance into the finals but couldn’t find a breakthrough. Cuthbert pushed to the right before handing the ball over to Melanie Leupolz, who sent Kirby to the edge of the box – but the forward could only shoot aside. Reiten then had a clear shot from the line.

In a bizarre end to the game, a young man ran onto the pitch and tried to get a selfie with Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson. As the flight attendants rushed to escort him, Kerr took matters into his own hands by pushing him to the ground.

However, Juve would not be rushed and Montemurro and his coaches greeted disgruntled fans who booed them off the pitch.

Kerr was cautioned by referee Sara Persson following the Kingsmeadow incident

Kerr was cautioned by referee Sara Persson following the Kingsmeadow incident

“I’ve always loved coming to this pitch because you know you’re going to get a top quality game,” said Montemurro. “You are going to reach the level of football that I think women’s football is at. Even though it was a little frustrating at times in terms of the end result, there were always good battles, good games, high quality football. and that’s the most important thing for me.

“Emma is a great coach, Chelsea are a fantastic team and sometimes I can only be in awe of who they are and what they do for women’s football. I enjoyed coming back here.

TEAMS:

Chelsea (3-4-3): Berger, Carter, Bright, Eriksson, Ingle, Ji (Leupolz 80), Reiten, Cuthbert, Kirby, Harder (England 70), Kerr

Subtitles not used: Musovic, Telford, Nouwen, Fleming, Charles, Spence, Andersson, Fox

Reserved: Berger

Objectives: None

Manager: Emma Hayes

Juventus (4-3-3): Peyraud-Magnin, Lundorf, Lenzini, Salvai, Boattin, Zamanian (Caruso 63), Pedersen, Rosucci, Hurtig (Bonfantini 73) Bonansea (Nilden 90 + 3) Girelli (Staskova 73)

Subtitles not used: Aprile, Hyyrynen, Gama, Giai, Arcangeli, Beccari, Pfattner,

Reserved: Bonansea, Peyraud-Magnin

Objectives: None

Manager: Joe Montemurro

Referee: Sara Persson

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