Incredibly, 60 seconds later we had a penalty of our own, although this one was a little more controversial. Reiten looked to slip past substitute Garcia, making her senior debut, and the ball seemed to hit her side, rather than her right hand. Still, Frappart was just as decisive with her decision as she had been a minute earlier – and Mjelde’s penalty was equally decisive, as she sent Lindahl the wrong way to score her second goal of the tie. With Atletico now requiring four goals in 12 minutes, it was game, set and match.
The Spanish side did, finally, get on the scoresheet, with virtually the last kick of the tie, as Laurent curled home a peach of a finish that left Berger with no chance. But it was far too little, too late, as the Blues brilliantly navigated our way through the trickiest tie of the last 16.
So, on to the quarter-finals we march, with all eyes on Nyon in Switzerland this Friday for the draw at 11am UK time. In fact, the route to the final will be set out, as the potential semi-final match-ups will also be decided. The first leg of the quarter-finals will take place on 23/24 March, but before then we’ve got the small matter of the Continental Cup final to worry about. The Blues head to Vicarage Road this Sunday as we look to retain the trophy, and win a second piece of silverware this term, when we take on Bristol City.
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2) Lindahl; Kazadi (Knaak 67), Aleixandri, Van Dongen, Strom (Garcia 67); Castellanos, Meseguer (c), Santos (Iglesias 60), Duggan (Laurent 79); Ludmila (Ajibade 60), Nkout
Unused subs Peyraud-Magnin, Sampedro, Tounkara, Bernabe
Scorer Laurent 90+3
Missed penalty Duggan 75
Booked Garcia 77
Chelsea (4-2-1-3) Berger; Charles, Mjelde, Bright (c), Andersson; Leupolz, Ji (Blundell 84); Harder (J Fleming 68); Kirby, England (Reiten 42), Kerr
Unused subs Musovic, Telford, Carter, Eriksson, Spence, Fox, Beever-Jones
Scorer Mjelde (pen) 78
Booked Charles 74
Referee Stephanie Frappart (French)