Ji made way for Erin Cuthbert soon after, having run her heart out, and then our second goalscorer was also replaced to be replaced by Guro Reiten. Within moments of the Norwegian’s introduction, however, the game took another twist as Berger came racing out of her goal and caught Ludmila to give Atletico their second penalty of the game. This time it was Van Dongen who stepped up to take it but, incredibly, Berger guessed right once again to produce another magnificent save.
In the rush for the ball that followed, Berger took a whack to the head, but fortunately she was able to continue – fittingly, too, as at the full-time whistle her team-mates rushed to celebrate with her following two crucial interventions in what had been a barnstorming opener to this tie.
The second leg takes place next Wednesday in the neutral venue of Monza, due to the Spanish government’s restrictions on travellers entering the country from the UK. Kick-off is at the earlier time of 12.30pm. Before that, we’re back in WSL action with a trip to West Ham United on Sunday.
Chelsea (4-diamond-2) Berger; Mjelde, Bright (c), Ingle, Andersson; Leupolz; Kirby (Reiten 78), Ji (Cuthbert 69); Harder; England (Charles 19), Kerr
Unused subs Musovic, Orman, Blundell, Carter, Fleming, Spence, Fox
Scorers Mjelde (pen) 58, Kirby 64
Booked Ji 56, Kerr 90+1
Sent off Ingle 12
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2) Lindahl; Aleixandri, Tounkara, Van Dongen, Strom; Ajibade (Knaak 75), Santos, Meseguer (c), Duggan (Laurent 75); Ludmila, Castellanos (Sampedro 88)
Unused subs Peyraud-Magnin, Kazadi, Bernabe, García, Nkout, Iglesias De La Cruz
Booked Castellanos 45
Missed penalties Castellanos 13, Van Dongen 80
Referee Tess Olofsson (Sweden)