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Chelsea continue perfect Champions League start with win over Real Madrid

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Chelsea maintained their 100 per cent start to their Women’s Champions League campaign by beating Real Madrid 2-0 at Kingsmeadow.

Sophie Ingle and Erin Cuthbert scored second-half goals as the Blues claimed three straight wins in Group A to stay top, five points clear of second-placed Paris St Germain.

Emma Hayes’ side returned top of the Women’s Super League after Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Tottenham and deservedly beat Real, who have lost just once this season in all competitions confused.

Fran Kirby came close to the opener in an uneventful first half, but her first effort went wide of the target.

The Spaniards, whose only previous defeat was against Barcelona in their domestic league, gradually progressed into the game in the second half.

But all home nerves were eased in the 67th minute when Ingle headed home Millie Bright’s flick from a corner.

Cuthbert doubled the Londoners’ lead 12 minutes later as his deflected cross shot deflected past Real keeper Misa Rodriguez.

Niamh Charles twice came close to adding a third goal for Chelsea in the closing stages, while Real’s best effort came from Esther Gonzalez, whose shot on goal early in the second half was blocked.

It was a winning return to Kingsmeadow for manager Emma Hayes, who was back in the dugout at Stamford Bridge on Saturday after recovering from her emergency hysterectomy last month.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org