Sophie Ingle and Erin Cuthbert scored in the second half as Chelsea beat Real Madrid to take control of their Champions League group stage.
A frustrating first half saw Cuthbert and Fran Kirby go close, with Emma Hayes’ side having to wait until the hour mark for the deadlock to be broken.
Millie Bright headed in Cuthbert’s corner as Ingle waited at the back to finish – and the Blues waited just eight minutes to take their second of the evening.
Scotland’s Cuthbert’s deep cross saw him deceive Real Madrid midfielder Misa Rodriguez and fly into the net.
Chelsea held on for a win and a clean sheet to take full control of their Champions League group stage.
The Blues are top of Group A with three wins from three games, the Women’s Super League side are five points ahead of Real and Paris Saint-Germain, who have four points.
PSG leapfrogged Real into second place with a 5-0 win over Albania’s Vllanzia on Tuesday night.
Hayes: You can’t buy our maturity
Chelsea coach Emma Hayes:
“I really liked the game. A few years ago we would have been more patient, especially in the first half. There is maturity in the team. It was calm, controlled. We lacked the last third in the first half. With the behavior, the decision-making and the types of running, it was not at our highest level.
“When these teams are evenly matched, I start to see the importance of what we have experienced in this competition and what we have learned from last year and last year. We play European football well, we are used to it.
“I’ll be honest, I was happy when the match was made. Sometimes you can turn it off when you think it’s an easy team. This team was perfect for this team. We had to be changed from the beginning. There is growth and maturity in the team, you can’t buy that. This is what I’m happy about: Everyone looks good on his positions. We understand the way we play. It’s a good step for the team.
“Erin Cuthbert was brilliant tonight. Where wasn’t she? She covered every bit of grass. There was courage in her performance when we weren’t there. She meant every bit of that top corner!”
Chelsea absent this week, their next match will be a Women’s Super League trip to Leicester on December 3, starting at 3pm.
Emma Hayes’ team will then travel to the Spanish capital to face the return leg real Madrid after five days.