Chelsea’s Sam Kerr receives yellow card for shouldering pitch invader in Champions League draw with Juventus
Matildas skipper and Chelsea striker Sam Kerr got a yellow card in her club’s Champions League bunch stage match against Juventus in the wake of pushing over a pitch intruder who had run onto the field in the game’s withering stages.
It covered off a baffling night for the Blues who, only days subsequent to winning the FA Cup last in rankling design against Arsenal, were held to a strained, 0-0 draw by the Italian heroes at Kingsmeadow on Thursday morning.
The draw was pretty much as great as a success for Juventus’ Australian director Joe Montemurro, whose group tossed their arms noticeable all around and fell in festival at the full-time whistle.
That outcome draws Juventus level, on 8 focuses, with second-set Wolfsburg in bunch A, with Chelsea actually standing out on 11 focuses.
Notwithstanding, the Italians presently enjoy the benefit driving into the gathering’s last round the following week as they take on the winless Servette, while Chelsea face Wolfsburg to conclude who goes through to the round of 16.
Montemurro additionally got a yellow card in the game’s turbulent last, minutes after angrily challenging a toss in. The previous Arsenal supervisor will take specific solace from the point, having recently won only once in 12 games against Chelsea lead trainer Emma Hayes.
It was a hounded guarded presentation by Montemurro’s Juventus side, with goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin putting on a Player of the Match show to keep her group in the challenge.
Juventus were stuck in their own half for the initial 45 minutes, neglecting to record a solitary shot, contrasted and Chelsea’s 11. The Blues began peppering Peyraud-Magnin’s objective nearly from the initial whistle, with Erin Cuthbert’s shot tipped onto the crossbar.
Kerr had the most obvious opportunity with regards to the half around the 30-minute imprint, running clear of Juventus’ safeguards prior to adjusting the goalkeeper, however her touch took her so wide that her shot streamed past the far post at a tight point.
In evident Italian style, the guests guarded apathetically. Juventus routinely sat in profound squares, frequently with 10 players behind the ball, driving Chelsea into wide crosses or shots from distance that Peyraud-Magnin smacked away.
Kerr nearly gave Chelsea the lead not long before the hour, tapping home a Fran Kirby cross, however was accurately hailed offside.
Strains erupted as the game injury down, with Kerr gave a yellow card in the wake of pushing over a pitch trespasser who’d go onto the field to get a selfie with Chelsea skipper Magdalena Eriksson, compelling a delay in play.
Blues goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger and Juventus’ Barbara Bonansea likewise gotten yellow cards for a showdown off the ball.
Chelsea should now acquire something like a point in the following week’s down against Wolfsburg — who facilitated past Servette 3-0 on Thursday — to ensure entry through to the take out stage. Chelsea attracted 3-3 with the German monsters their first-leg match back in October.
Somewhere else on Thursday, PSG destroyed minnows Zhytlobud-1 6-0 to meet all requirements for the round of 16, while Real Madrid crushed Breidablik 3-0 in bunch B.
The last four rounds of match day five start up tomorrow first thing as HB Koge take on Hoffenheim, Hacken face Bayern Munich, Arsenal have Barcelona, and Benfica play Olympique Lyon.