Leicester Women 0 – 9 Chelsea Women

Chelsea replaced Arsenal at the top of the WSL table as the Blues struck four in the opening 11 minutes on their way to a 9-0 crushing victory over Leicester.

With Saturday’s North London derby between Jonas Eidevall’s Gunners and Tottenham postponed due to a Covid outbreak in the Spurs camp, Chelsea were given the chance to finally rise to the top.

And they wasted no time in seizing it, recording their biggest win of the season thanks to two goals each from Guro Reiten, Beth England and Sam Kerr and one each from Aniek Nouwen, Lauren James and Jessie Fleming.

Guro Reiten high fives Beth England

Emma Hayes’ side move to 41 points from 17 league appearances, one above Arsenal, with Leicester remaining second bottom.

Reiten secured the important victory on a gloriously sunny afternoon in Leicestershire when she effortlessly guided in a superb free-kick with just three minutes on the clock.

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Beth England scores his second of the game to give Chelsea a 5-0 need in their WSL game against Leicester.

It undoubtedly set the tone, with Kerr taking advantage of a suspect’s defense to shoot at second opportunity after Foxes goalkeeper Demi Lambourne saved her initial shot.

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Guro Reiten’s lobbed cross shot found its way into Leicester’s goal as Chelsea made it 6-0 in the first half.

Remarkably, it was three with seven minutes remaining when England found the net after Kerr’s square ball and the Blues found a fourth when Nouwen assisted England’s shot soon after.

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Sam Kerr heads into Leicester for his second goal and Chelsea’s seventh as the Blues’ raging goalscoring continues!

As the tempo fell, Leicester found a rare opening when their opponents cheaply conceded possession, but their promising counter came to a disappointing conclusion when Freya Gregory could only find the side netting.

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Lauren James scores her first Chelsea goal as she adds more misery for Leicester to make it 8-0.

The unstoppable Reiten created the fifth with a sublime through the far post, which England headed home, then added their second of the game deep in first-half stoppage time with a cross bad hit that fell nicely on the line.

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Jessie Fleming helped Chelsea to a strong finish as they finished the scoring at the King Power as the Blues beat Leicester 9-0.

Moments after the restart, Kerr guided a header – Chelsea’s seventh – into the bottom right corner, which no doubt killed any momentum Leicester boss Lydia Bedford had generated with her team talk at halftime, but though they were left chasing shadows for the most part. , the hosts kept their opponents at bay for long stretches.

This changed late. James scored his first goal for Chelsea with a neat finish from a Niamh Charles takedown, before Fleming added the shine in stoppage time by finishing off a deft attack.

Player of the match – Guro Reiten

Sky Sports’ Dan Long:

In the build-up to the game, the 27-year-old Norwegian told Sky Sports’ Ron Walker: “It would mean everything. [to pip Arsenal to the title] after the season we had. We love to play each other, Arsenal and us. Hopefully we can be number one when the season is over.”

With a superb contribution on Sunday, she played a key role in ensuring Chelsea had their fate in their hands going into the final months of the season. She scored two stunning goals and grabbed the attention with lavish balls into the box from the left.

She was retired relatively early at King Power, but by then her job was done. The rest will do him – and Chelsea’s title hopefuls – the world of good.

And after?

Both teams will be next in action on Sunday, April 3. Leicester host Arsenal at the King Power Stadium at 12.30pm, while Chelsea host Reading at Kingsmeadow at 6.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football.

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