Chelsea reached the Champions League semi-finals for the fifth time in their history after a 1-1 draw with Ajax at Stamford Bridge secured a comfortable 4-1 aggregate victory.

The Blues entered the evening already 3-0 ahead from their first-leg victory in Amsterdam and further eased any tension when Mayra Ramirez netted her first Champions League goal to open the scoring after 33 minutes in west London.

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It came after a nervy start for the hosts, who narrowly avoided conceding from a first-half mishap before Chasity Grant drew Ajax level with one of few chances after the break.

Chelsea will face the winners of the last-eight clash between holders Barcelona and Norwegian side Brann, who play their quarter-final second leg tomorrow night.

Eight-time winners, Lyon crushed Benfica 4-1 to advance 6-2 on aggregate. Delphine Cascarino opened the scoring for the hosts in the 43rd minute with a fine chip but Marie Alidou hit back in injury-time.

The French side were on top after the break though as Cascarino added an even more impressive long-distance strike and Kadidiatou Diani and Catarina Amado scored in injury-time.

Lyon will face the winners of Paris Saint-Germain and Sweden’s BK H├Ącken. PSG lead 2-1 from the first leg.

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