Chelsea held by Real Madrid in Champions League opener

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Chelsea's Niamh Charles celebrates her equaliser with her team-matesChelsea reached the semi-finals of last season's Champions League

Chelsea were frustrated in their Women's Champions League opener as a controversial penalty call and disallowed goal helped Real Madrid draw with the Blues in Group D.

Hosts Real Madrid took the lead in the 10th minute when World Cup winner OIga Carmona's effort from range deflected wickedly off Chelsea defender Millie Bright to wrong-foot goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger and fly into the net.

The visitors deservedly equalised just before half-time through Niamh Charles, who was unmarked at the back post to head in Ashley Lawrence's curling cross.

Australia forward Sam Kerr completed the turnaround when she put Chelsea ahead after 75 minutes, powerfully heading home Charles' looping cross.

But two minutes later Las Blancas were awarded a penalty, with Danish referee Frida Klarlund adjudging Jessie Fleming to have fouled Athenea del Castillo in the penalty area.

Replays showed Fleming had caught her opponent outside the box but, with no video assistant referee, Olga took the spot-kick and buried it into the top corner.

Chelsea's Lauren James struck the crossbar in the closing stages before Charles found the net with what looked like a last-gasp winner, volleying to meet a deep cross.

The goal was quickly ruled out for offside but, replays showed Charles had timed her run perfectly.

Relive Real Madrid's Champions League match with Chelsea

Decisions disrupt Chelsea and Hayes

One trophy eludes Women's Super League champions Chelsea and departing manager Emma Hayes - the Champions League.

The club reached the semi-finals last campaign, losing to eventual champions Barcelona. The season before, Barcelona beat Chelsea 4-0 in the final.

Hayes, who will leave Chelsea to take over as head coach of the US women's national team in the summer, will come away from Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium wondering how her side did not start their latest European campaign with three points.

Real Madrid had two shots on target - both of them went in.

Chelsea, on the other hand, created chances at will with Kerr forcing Real keeper Misa Rodriguez into two fine saves either side of half-time and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd having a shot palmed away in the final stages.

The Blues' players and supporters will feel a sense of injustice. Fleming clearly fouled Athenea, but it happened a few yards outside of the area with the forward's momentum meaning she fell in the box.

And replays showed Charles was the right side of Real's defensive line when Millie Bright crossed for the full-back in second-half injury time.

Instead of moving to the top of Group D Chelsea are second, after Swedish side BK Hacken beat Paris FC earlier on Thursday.

Line-ups

Real Madrid Femenino

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Rodríguez Rivero11Hernández5Andrés14Sousa FeitozaBooked at 90mins7Carmona3AbelleiraSubstituted forOlofssonat 90'minutes6TolettiBooked at 45mins22del Castillo21ZornozaSubstituted forOrozat 60'minutes18CaicedoSubstituted forRasoat 89'minutes9BruunSubstituted forFellerat 71'minutes

Substitutes

2Robles4Gálvez8Oroz13Chavas15Raso16Møller20Feller23Svava24Olofsson27Rodríguez28López41Alonso

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

30Berger12Lawrence4Bright7Carter21Charles6Nüsken22Cuthbert19Rytting Kaneryd14KirbySubstituted forJamesat 64'minutes17Fleming20Kerr

Substitutes

1Musovic2Fishel3Nouwen5Ingle10James15Périsset18Mjelde24Hampton26Buchanan28Cankovic33Beever-Jones

Referee:Frida Mia Klarlund

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid Femenino 2, Chelsea Women 2.

Second Half ends, Real Madrid Femenino 2, Chelsea Women 2.

Offside, Chelsea Women. Millie Bright tries a through ball, but Niamh Charles is caught offside.

Ashley Lawrence (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Athenea del Castillo (Real Madrid Femenino).

Attempt blocked. Lauren James (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sjoeke Nüsken.

Kathellen (Real Madrid Femenino) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sjoeke Nüsken (Chelsea Women).

Sandie Toletti (Real Madrid Femenino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Real Madrid Femenino. Freja Olofsson replaces Teresa Abelleira.

Substitution, Real Madrid Femenino. Hayley Raso replaces Linda Caicedo.

Attempt missed. Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Lauren James (Chelsea Women) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Millie Bright.

Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women).

Teresa Abelleira (Real Madrid Femenino) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lauren James (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Misa.

Attempt saved. Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Linda Caicedo.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Kathellen.

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