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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

New United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) head coach Emma Hayes’ Chelsea had an imperfect start to their UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL) campaign on Wednesday.

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A controversial penalty call against the Blues led to a 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.

“I think we’ve been robbed of what should have been a 3-1 game,” Hayes said.

Video assistant Referee (VAR) is not available for UWCL group stage matches, despite being used in domestic leagues like the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL).

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Olga Carmona scores a disputed double to earn Real Madrid a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the opening game of the Women's Champions League group stages.

Niamh Charles cancels out Carmona's opener before Sam Kerr puts Blues ahead, only for a disputed penalty to deny Emma Hayes' side victory.

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Sixteen-year-old phenom Lily Yohannes became the youngest player to start in a UWCL game in Ajax's 2-0 win over PSG.

On the other side, former Notre Dame standout Korbin Albert started for PSG.

The 20-year-old made the leap to European soccer after her sophomore year with the Irish.

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