Chelsea boosted their hopes of reaching the Women’s Champions League knockout stage as group winners with victory over Servette at Kingsmeadow.
The hosts dominated throughout but it took 67 minutes for Sam Kerr’s smart finish to break the deadlock after a neat ball by Fran Kirby.
Amandine Soulard was sent off for the Swiss visitors eight minutes from time.
The success gives Chelsea, who won the reverse fixture 7-0, 10 points after four games, three clear of Juventus.
The Blues’ next outing in the group stages is against the Italian side, who beat Wolfsburg 2-0 earlier.
Blues boss Emma Hayes made six changes to the side that beat Manchester City in the Women’s Super League on Sunday and warned not to expect a similar thrashing as the one dished out in Switzerland last week.
Kirby forced goalkeeper Ines Pereira into an early save with her feet and Beth England flicked a low corner across the face of goal after the break as the hosts threatened.
But the Swiss champions were proving far more resilient and had a half chance of their own when left-back Monica Mendes saw her smart backheel saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Zecira Musovic.
Australian Kerr opened the scoring soon after, collecting Kirby’s pass, nut-megging a defender and firing into the bottom corner from just inside the penalty area.
Chelsea remained in control and Soulard’s dismissal for a second booking paved the way for further chances, with substitute Lauren James scooping one over the crossbar.
- 25AnderssonSubstituted forCuthbertat 69′minutes
- 14KirbySubstituted forJamesat 85′minutes
- 5IngleSubstituted forLeupolzat 68′minutes
- 9EnglandSubstituted forFlemingat 68′minutes
- 20KerrSubstituted forReitenat 85′minutes
- 12Teixeira Pereira
- 24SoulardBooked at 82mins
- 16Amaral Mendes
- 8MäendlySubstituted forGuede Redondoat 90+1′minutes
- 2TufoSubstituted forTamplinat 90+2′minutes
- 20Padilla-BidasSubstituted forBourmaat 70′minutes
- 7Boho SayoSubstituted forFleuryat 80′minutes
- 21Guede Redondo
Match ends, Chelsea Women 1, Servette Women 0.
Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 1, Servette Women 0.
Attempt missed. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.
Attempt missed. Léonie Fleury (Servette Women) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.
Lauren James (Chelsea Women).
Inês Pereira (Servette Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Lauren James (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert.
Attempt saved. Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jessie Fleming.
Substitution, Servette Women. Tessa Tamplin replaces Laura Tufo.
Substitution, Servette Women. Ilona Guede Redondo replaces Sandy Mäendly.
Foul by Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women).
Sandy Mäendly (Servette Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Erin Cuthbert with a cross.
Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sandy Mäendly (Servette Women).
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Guro Reiten replaces Sam Kerr.
Substitution, Chelsea Women. Lauren James replaces Fran Kirby.
Second yellow card to Amandine Soulard (Servette Women) for a bad foul.
Niamh Charles (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Amandine Soulard (Servette Women).