Chelsea and Hayes denied ideal WCL start by Carmona and contentious calls | Women’s Champions League

Controversy reigned at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw by a resilient Real Madrid side in their Champions League opener. Olga Carmona’s early strike was cancelled out by Niamh Charles’s header in the first half. Sam Kerr appeared to have set a mature Chelsea on the path to victory only for Madrid to be awarded a debatable penalty that Carmona converted.

Refereeing decisions continued to overshadow an otherwise competitive encounter, leaving Emma Hayes feeling her side had “been robbed of what should have been a 3-1 game”. With the last kick of the…


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