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JUST-IN: Chelsea to meet Barcelona in Women’s Champions League final

Pernille Harder (R) scored as Chelsea made Women's CL final.

Pernille Harder scored a key late goal and Fran Kirby netted twice as Chelsea overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit with a 4-1 victory over Bayern Munich on Sunday to set up a Women’s Champions League final against Barcelona.

England international Kirby gave Chelsea the lead on 11 minutes at Kingsmeadow, finishing off a move she began inside her own half after combining smartly with Australia forward Sam Kerr.

Sarah Zadrazil equalised with a thunderous, dipping shot from distance that clipped the underside of the bar on its way in as Bayern regained the upper hand in the tie.

Ji So-yun gave Chelsea a 2-1 advantage just before half-time, steering low into the corner past an unsighted Laura Benkarth after smacking her initial free-kick against the wall.

Danish forward Harder, who joined Chelsea at the start of the season for a reported world record transfer fee, grabbed the decisive goal on 84 minutes as she glanced in a header from Jessica Carter’s free-kick. Harder was a Champions League runner-up twice in the past three seasons with Wolfsburg.

Kirby made sure of Chelsea’s place in the May 16 final in Gothenburg as she rolled into an empty net with the final kick of the game to complete a 5-3 win on aggregate.

“It means everything: we want to play finals. We believed from the first minute and put in a great performance,” said Harder. “When (my goal) went in, it was the best feeling ever. We were almost in the final and then, when Fran put the last one in, it was just a relief.”

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The Blues become just the second English club to reach the biggest match in European women’s club football after Arsenal, who won the competition in 2007.

“We’ve been through a lot together. I’ve been here nine years and it’s not just happened, it’s been a long time coming. I’m going to have a nice singsong and cry all the way home because I’m so happy,” Chelsea coach Emma Hayes told BT Sport. “I think it’s important for English football that we made it. English football is one of the best in the world and now we’ve got to face another top team in Barcelona.”

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