ernille Harder’s second-half strike earned Chelsea their first victory of this season’s Champions League group stage as they beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin.
The Blues reached last year’s final, where they were hammered by Barcelona, but needed a late equaliser from Harder to avoid defeat and rescue a 3-3 draw in their opening group game against German side Wolfsburg.
Emma Hayes’ side, therefore, needed a victory to keep with the early pace in Group A but that never looked a simple task against a Juventus side who had won six out of six in Serie A following the arrival of former Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro this summer.
Chelsea took the lead soon after the half-hour mark when Erin Cuthbert’s found the bottom corner after a determined solo run, but the advantage lasted only eight minutes before Barbara Bonansea pulled the home side level.
The winner came after Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby had been crowded out on the edge of the box, only for the ball to drop kindly for Harder to fire home.
The result leaves Chelsea level on points with Wolfsburg on four points, with Juventus a point adrift in third and Swiss side Servette bottom after losing both of their opening two games.