Chelsea Ladies’ hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals suffered a big setback as they lost the home leg of their tie against two-time winners Wolfsburg.

Claire Rafferty’s third-minute own goal gave the German side the lead.

Babett Peter headed into her own net after the break to level the score, but substitute Caroline Graham Hansen’s low finish gave the visitors victory.

Chelsea must now score at least twice in Germany on 18 November.

The new Women’s Super League champions made a nervy start and conceded an early goal when they failed to clear a free-kick and Nilla Fischer’s poked shot was deflected in by England left-back Rafferty.

Chelsea defender Gilly Flaherty then appeared to elbow Vanessa Bernauer on the half-hour mark, as Wolfsburg frustrated the hosts by pressing high up the pitch.

The Blues drew level after half-time through Peter’s own goal and almost took the lead when Ji So-Yun’s shot was blocked and Fran Kirby fired narrowly wide.

However, Hansen’s goal put Wolfsburg – who have reached the semi-finals in each of the past three seasons – in control.

Chelsea: Lindahl, Bright (Coombs 80), Flaherty, Fahey, Davison, Aluko, Ji, C Rafferty, Kirby, Borges, Chapman (c).

Subs not used: Hourihan, Coombs, Brett, Ayane, Spence, L Rafferty, Farrow.

Wolfsburg: Frohms, Fischer, Peter, Blasse, Popp (Graham Hansen 58), Maritz, Bernauer, Bachmann, Dickenmann (Jakabfi 81), Goessling, Bussaglia (Pajor).

Subs not used: Burmeister, Jakabfi, Wullaert, Bunte, Wedemeyer.

Referee: Katalin Kulscar (HUN)

Attendance: 1,610