MUNICH: A superb strike by Sweden international Hanna Glas gave Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the first leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League semi-final on Sunday (Apr 25).
Bayern took an early lead thanks to a rare mistake by Chelsea's German keeper Ann-Katrin Berger, who failed to deal with a routine cross and left Sydney Lohmann to pounce and head home in the 12th minute.
Chelsea drew level 11 minutes later through Melanie Leupolz, but the former Bayern midfielder knew little about it as an attempted clearance deflected off her and flew into the net.
Early in the second half Bayern fullback Glas ran at her Sweden team mate Jonna Andersson, forcing her onto the back foot before curling a magnificent shot into the top-right corner to put the German side back into the lead.
Chelsea almost drew level again through South Korean midfielder Ji So-Yun, but her brilliant strike from the edge of the area smacked off the underside of the crossbar in the 73rd minute as Bayern held on to win.
The two sides meet again at Kingsmeadow in London next Sunday to decide who will face Barcelona or Paris St. Germain, who drew 1-1 in their first leg earlier on Sunday, in the final on May 16 in the Swedish city of Gothenburg.