Chelsea Women 7-0 Leicester Women: Holders beat Foxes to reach Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals | Soccer News

Holders Chelsea advanced to the Vitality Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals with a 7-0 thrashing of Leicester at Kingsmeadow.

Leicester lost defender Sophie Howard to a red card in the 17th minute and Chelsea took full advantage with Pernille Harder scoring a first-half brace.

Sam Kerr also netted a brace after the break, with Ji So-yun, Aniek Nouwen and Beth England completing the misery for Leicester.

Chelsea were without captain Magda Eriksson, Maren Mjelde, Erin Cuthbert and Melanie Leupolz.

England’s Jess Carter took her place on the bench after picking up a knock against Germany in midweek.

Leicester trail second-placed Chelsea by 17 points in the Women’s Super League, but the Foxes started with confidence.

Freya Gregory fired just wide of the far post with Leicester full of conviction after successive wins over Tottenham, Birmingham and West Ham.

But the contest swung decisively in Chelsea’s favor when Howard was fired for a late challenge against Jonna Andersson.

Sophie Howard received a direct red card after just 17 minutes

Chelsea took just six minutes to capitalize on Howard’s red card.

Sophie Ingle slid into Harder with a delightful pass and the Dane gave Demi Lambourne no chance in the Leicester goal.

Harder doubled Chelsea’s lead 10 minutes before half-time after Kerr generously set it up for a simple tap-in.

Fran Kirby went close with a header before Kerr finished from close range on the hour mark.

South Korea international Ji quickly scored home a beauty for her first goal of the season and, with Leicester tiring in the final quarter, Chelsea scored three goals in seven minutes.

Nouwen powerfully headed home a harder cross and Kerr calmly finished after being allowed more space in the Foxes penalty area.

England wrapped up the scoring with five minutes remaining as Chelsea became the first team to reach the last eight in the competition.

Sky Sports

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