Chelsea wins Champions League quarter-final on penalties with stories of triumph and resilience
Chelsea vs. Lyon: Heart-Stopping Football
Chelsea’s journey to a 4-3 victory over Lyon in the Champions League quarter-finals proved to be a heart-stopping game. Despite holding a 1-0 lead during the first leg in France, the Blues looked like they were on the verge of elimination when they trailed by one goal after extra time. But, with Maren Mjelde netting a penalty in the added time, Chelsea forced penalties and emerged victorious to face Barcelona in the semi-finals. The dramatic shootout was only one chapter of the night’s emotion-filled story.
Maren Mjelde and Jess Carter: Unsung Match-Winners
Jess Carter’s slamming home Chelsea’s fifth penalty secured their place in the semi-finals. Notably, Carter was not only a significant figure in the game but also in Ann-Katrin Berger’s journey. Berger, Chelsea’s goalkeeper, overcame thyroid cancer twice this season, with Carter, her partner, by her side all along. While Berger made a sensational save to deny Lyon’s Lindsey Horan, it was fitting that the “unsung heroes” of the game, Carter and Berger, helped Chelsea to victory.
Ann-Katrin Berger: Triumph Over Cancer
Berger’s triumph over cancer, beating it for the second time, gave the night its emotional edge. This remarkable goalkeeper has won numerous titles with Chelsea since 2019, remained steadfast, and returned to action just over a month after her diagnosis. The German has been open about her battle with cancer and spoke to BBC Sport about her journey, the emotions of the UEFA Euros, and how her perseverance made her a stronger person. Being open about her struggles has empowered many, and Berger hopes her story can inspire others to fight and overcome their difficulties.
Barcelona vs. Chelsea: A Shot at Redemption
The Blues have been drawn against Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League, with revenge on their agenda, as the Catalan giants had defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the final back in 2021. With the duo of Carter and Berger shining brightly, Emma Hayes, Chelsea’s coach, is confident about their prospects against Barcelona.
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