Atlético de Madrid wasted its first bullet this Wednesday. He competed in superiority from minute 13, had two penalties on the feet of Deyna Castellanos and Merel van Dongen and, nevertheless, left London with the knockout round of the Champions League uphill, with a score that favors a lot Chelsea, the reigning champion of England, who won 2-0, with goals from Mjelde (penalty) and Kirby. The return match will be played on Wednesday, March 10 in Monza (Italy) due to sanitary restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, which leave Atlético without the option of competing in their field.
Chelsea's starting goalkeeper, Ann-Katrin Berger, became giant and stopped the two penalties that Atlético de Madrid threw. First to Deyna Castellanos. Still 0-0, in the 13th minute of the first half. Then with 2-0, with the rojiblanco team wanting to reengage in the contest. Merel van Dongen also failed in the 81st minute against the goalkeeper. That the expulsion of Sophie Ingle in the 13th minute thwarted the plans of Emma Hayes, the local coach. The theoretical favoritism of Chelsea was disputed by the lack of the central, early in the game and in the tie, of at least 180 minutes
Of Atlético de Madrid's intentions, in fact, Chelsea knew with José's approach Luis Sánchez Vera, not at all conservative but rather ambitious, for the coexistence on the pitch of four footballers with an offensive profile. Rasheedat Ajibade and Toni Duggan tried to connect from the wings with the scoring duo that usually make up Ludmila da Silva and Deyna Castellanos. A vertical run by Rasheedat Ajibade was key to shaking up these round of 16. With the blue defense exposed, Ingle staggered her from behind, just enough for the Nigerian to fall to the ground. He was inside the area: red card, expulsion and penalty. The young Deyna Castellanos asked for the ball, in the process of maturing for the big days. The Venezuelan decided on a cross shot that ran into Berger's gloves.
Without a prize on the scoreboard (it remained 0-0), Atlético de Madrid accepted its superiority in the game rectangle as good. This should be easier to contain Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr and, at least in the first half, it was (0-0). After the break, Kerr already threatened to break the tie. Also Ajibade, in a replica and counter-replica game that was expensive for Atlético de Madrid. Aissa Tounkara committed a penalty on Kerr. Maren Mjelde took responsibility for the pitch and screamed it 1-0. Shortly after it fell 2-0, with the signature of Francesca Kirby. With the day crossed for Atlético de Madrid, Berger's penalty against Ludmila arrived. The possibility of cutting differences was opened on the horizon, but Merel van Dongen also failed from eleven meters. Atlético de Madrid will face the return in front of a wall, the leading team of the English league.