The She-Wolves were confident of overturning last week’s 2-1 quarter-final first-leg defeat, only to exit the UEFA Women’s Champions League after suffering a bitterly disappointing 3-0 reverse in Wednesday’s return leg.
Chelsea are only the third club after Olympique Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain to get the better of the two-time European champions in the competition. Pernille Harder (27’ pen), Samantha Kerr (32’) and Fran Kirby (81’) were on target for the Blues at the Szusza Ferenc Stadium in Budapest.
The Green-and-Whites don’t have long to process their European exit. They face another huge match on Sunday 4 April (kick-off 14:00 CEST), when they welcome FC Bayern Munich to the AOK Stadion in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup.
VfL head coach Stephan Lerch: “There were two realities for me today. On the one hand, looking at the two legs, we lost this tie 5-1. On the other hand we had good periods, looked like the better team and had good moments in the game again today – like we did in the first leg. We can blame ourselves for failing to score when we needed to, but the bottom line remains that Chelsea’s efficiency and composure were the qualities that probably made the difference in the end. We made individual errors again today and were punished ruthlessly.”
VfL Wolfsburg: Kiedrzynek – Hendrich, Doorsoun, Janssen, Rauch – Engen (85‘ Cordes), Popp – Huth, Blomqvist (75‘ Svava), Rolfö (60‘ van de Sanden) – Pajor (75‘ Jakabfi)
FC Chelsea: Berger – Carter, Bright, Eriksson, Andersson – Leupolz (79‘ Ji), Ingle (84‘ Spence), Cuthbert (79‘ Fleming) – Kirby, Harder, Kerr (62‘ Reiten)
Goals: 0-1 Harder (27‘/pen), 0-2 Kerr (32‘), 0-3 Kirby (81‘)
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (Russia)
Yellow cards: - / Kirby