It took a stoppage-time goal to spare Chelsea's blushes as the Blues pulled off a 3-3 comeback draw against visiting Wolfsburg in the UEFA Women's Champions League on Wednesday.
The English side were the masters of their own fate as they committed three egregious errors that led to all three Wolfsburg goals, but Pernille Harder salvaged a draw for Chelsea moments before the final whistle.
The hosts actually started the match on the front foot, playing a very direct, high-pressure style that kept the German side pinned in their own half for most of the first quarter-hour. It was during this stretch that Chelsea took the lead as Sam Kerr got on the end of a lobbed ball and proceeded to chip the goalkeeper from the top of the 18-yard box.
At 1-0 up inside 15 minutes and with the opposition on their heels, it looked like Chelsea were in complete control. However, they would produce a pair of horrific misplays within the next 20 minutes that turned the game on its head, as Wolfsburg's Tabea Wassmuth and Jill Roord were each beneficiaries of defensive miscues that allowed them to score and give their team the lead heading into the half-time break.
The second half started no better for the home side, as Wassmuth was once again gifted an opportunity at goal just three minutes after the restart and made no mistake in firing home her second of the match.
Down two goals, Chelsea's intensity never wavered even though they remained fragile at the back, but they were able to stabilize things enough to go on the offensive, and in the 51st minute Bethany England smashed home a loose ball from in close following a corner kick.
With the crowd at Kingsmeadow urging them on, Chelsea pushed for the late leveller, which came deep into stoppage time through former Wolfsburg star Harder. The 28-year-old pounced on a sloppy touch by a Wolfsburg defender inside the penalty area and hit a shot right through the goalkeeper's legs, sending the crowd into raptures as the comeback was complete.
Meanwhile, all three of the other Wednesday matches in the Women's Champions League were won by the visiting sides. Real Madrid earned a 1-0 victory at Zhytlobud-1 Kharkiv thanks to Lorena Navarro's 33rd minute strike, Juventus were 3-0 victors at Swiss side Servette, and PSG ran out 2-0 winners at Breidablik.
DAZN News provided live commentary and analysis from the Chelsea vs. Wolfsburg match. Here's how it happened:
Another woeful defensive play dooms Chelsea, this time it's an underhit backpass to the goalkeeper that's easily intercepted. Wassmuth does wel to finish from the tight angle, but that kind of giveaway cannot happen at this level.
Chelsea started great and took the lead early, but two defensive nightmares have not only put Wolfsburg ahead but allowed the Germans to really settle and grow in confidence. The hosts now have it all to do in the second 45.