– He’s an excellent leader, commented the expert to DAZN.
Then Maren Mjelde just scored his second penalty in just a few minutes in the Champions League quarter-final against Lyon, saving Chelsea from relegation.
– Maren Mjelde deserves a bouquet. For scoring two penalties in a row under such pressure, Arsenal legend Ian Wright summed it up Twitter with applause emoji.
Because it’s the Norwegian captain who is the big hero at Stamford Bridge.
Mjelde himself had difficulty summarizing the match in the minutes that followed.
– It’s hard to describe. It was a magic moment and a comeback. We have faith in it to the end. We have always been united and we showed it again today,” Mjelde told the club’s website.
Because after two very tame extra periods it exploded in extra time at Stamford Bridge.
Lauren James dropped the ball in the box and challenged Vicki Becho, who got too close to the Chelsea players and fouled James. The referee waved play, but received a counter notification from VAR.
In the end, Ivana Martincic was sent on screen, and then he was awarded a penalty.
Mjelde made no mistake there, and poked the ball against the crossbar.
– Maren Mjelde is special, wrote WC winner and former teammate Bethany England Twitter.
Chelsea coach Emma Hayes also praised Norway’s full profile.
– For Maren to do what he did with the last kick of the game… He’s a Chelsea legend, Hayes said of the Norwegian centre-back, according to Sky Sports.
The match then went to penalties.
Hegerberg is safe
Like I said, Mjelde was safe again, this time around the same corner, but low.
Ada Hegerberg was substituted in the first half of normal time, and struggled to get involved in the match. That was until the 110th minute of play, when the Norway star striker broke free down the right and put the ball in front of goal.
In the end, the ball ended up at the feet of Sara Däbritz, who also believed back then that she had won the match for the reigning champions.
In the penalty shootout, Hegerberg was also decisive. From the chalk mark, he was confident and hit the ball into the goal.
Unfortunately for Lyon, that didn’t help much. Because on the tenth penalty, Lindsey Horan missed, and thus the Champions League adventure for Hegerberg and Lyon ended.
Reiten won the game last time
This match was colored by many big names in the Norwegian national team.
In the first match, it was Guro Reiten who won the match, as he scored a very strong away win for the London side in Lyon.
The left side didn’t have a good game today, and struggled to hit with his cross. After playing 90 minutes, he only managed to hit 1 of 11 poles, and was substituted when extra innings started.
But he may not care much about that, as the semifinals against Barcelona and Caroline Graham Hansen await.
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