Christy Ucheibe was sent off in the first leg of the Uefa Women’s Champions League on Wednesday in the round of 16 when the 10-man SL Benfica suffered a 5-0 home defeat to Chelsea.
The Nigerian midfielder was shown in the 31. Cautioned for the first time for a foul on Fran Kirby before he was in the 74th minute. Minute received a second yellow card for a bookable offense against Erin Cuthbert.
After the Portuguese champions had left POAK and Anderlecht behind in the round of 16, they received the English giants in the Benfica stadium with the aim of increasing their chances for the next round.
The hosts got off to a bad start when Fran Kirby opened the scoring for the visitors after just two minutes.
In the 29. At the 29th minute, Guro set up riding Millie Bright to double the lead for Chelsea before Riding sacked her assists and tee off Kirby four minutes later to extend the lead to three.
A minute into the break, Riding made a third assist, giving Pernille Harder a pass to score the fourth.
Nine minutes into the restart, Riding secured their four assists as they fielded Bethany England for the fifth time to give the visitors a massive lead in the first leg that went into the second leg in London.
Alongside Ucheibe, Cape Verde’s Jolina Amani was an unused substitute for Benfica against Chelsea as the former Nigerian youngster’s absence will be a heavy blow to the Portuguese giants.
Despite the heavy home defeat, Luis Andrade’s team is expected to be on August 16. Compete against Chelsea in the second leg of the last 16 at Kingsmeadow Stadium.
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