In a commanding performance at Paris FC, Chelsea’s reshuffled lineup secured a flawless end to their Women’s Champions League group stage campaign with a 4-0 victory.
Fran Kirby and Mia Fishel’s first-half headers, followed by late strikes from Guro Reiten and Maren Mjelde, showcased the depth and strength of Emma Hayes’ squad in the French capital.
Despite already securing a spot in the quarter-finals, Hayes opted for significant changes, offering key players a breather. In the early exchanges, an evenly contested match saw England international Fran Kirby break the deadlock with a clinical header, seizing an opportunity from Jelena Cankovic’s precise cross to the back post.
Paris FC, making their group-stage debut after ousting Arsenal earlier in the tournament, responded admirably, forcing Chelsea goalkeeper Zecira Musovic into action with a sharp save from Mathilde Bourdieu.
However, the hosts failed to heed the lesson from Kirby’s opener, and a déjà vu moment unfolded as Cankovic once again provided a pinpoint cross, this time for Mia Fishel to head home, doubling Chelsea’s lead.
With Paris FC desperately needing a victory to keep their quarter-final hopes alive, they missed a crucial chance as Julie Dufour squandered a golden opportunity after the restart.
Defensive lapses from the hosts allowed Chelsea to seal the win convincingly. Guro Reiten capitalized on miscommunication in the Paris box, tapping home to extend the lead. The questionable defending continued as Maren Mjelde flicked home a corner with goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie poorly positioned.
Chelsea’s comprehensive victory ensures they will be seeded for the quarter-final draw on February 6, sparing them from potential matchups against Europe’s giants. The Blues showcased their prowess and versatility, underlining their status as a formidable force in the Women’s Champions League.