Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham: Sam Kerr opens the scoring before Erin Cuthbert finds the net from distance as the Blues dominate a lacklustre Tottenham
- Chelsea have gone top of the WSL after a convincing 3-0 win over Tottenham
- Sam Kerr opened the scoring with a composed finish past three Spurs defenders
- Erin Cuthbert then doubled the lead with an excellent strike from outside the box
- Guro Reiten then made it three before half time with a well-taken penalty
It was only fitting that Emma Hayes’ return to the touchline coincided with Chelsea’s celebrations for the 30th anniversary of their women’s side.
Hayes has been a pivotal part of the club’s history, delivering five Women’s Super League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups during her decorated ten-year spell with the Blues.
She has missed the last six games while recovering from a hysterectomy as part of an ongoing battle against endometriosis but returned on Sunday for the visit of London rivals Tottenham.
Sam Kerr opened the scoring on Sunday in an impressive Chelsea win over Tottenham
Erin Cuthbert doubled the lead with an excellent curling finish from outside the box
Guro Reiten then scored Chelsea’s third before half time with a well-taken penalty
It is a mark of Chelsea’s strength that the Blues won all six of their games in Hayes’ absence and they showed no sign of letting that record slip here.
Hayes has faced tougher tests during her career than she did in this 3-0 victory, secured by first-half goals from Sam Kerr, Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten.
But a derby win in front of a healthy crowd at Stamford Bridge, only Chelsea’s women’s second WSL game here, is one to savour nonetheless.
If there was one woman bound to score against Tottenham, it was Chelsea’s Kerr. The Australian forward always seems to perform at her best against Spurs and made it five goals in as many league games against them early on.
Ashleigh Neville gave away the penalty, as Tottenham were too open defensively
Kerr latched on to Millie Bright’s long pass before shrugging off the challenge of Spurs defender Molly Bartrip and firing into the bottom right corner from a tight angle.
That should have served as a warning sign for Tottenham. You could see why they managed to hit eight past Brighton in their last game as they showed some bright spells going forward here too.
But in defence they were far too open and Chelsea cut through them with ease. After several dangerous spells of possession, Chelsea midfielder Cuthbert eventually made them pay in style.
The win for Chelsea moves them past Arsenal to the top of the Women’s Super League
Chelsea (4-3-3): Berger 7; Perisset 7, Buchanan 6.5 (Nouwen 77, 6), Bright 7.5, Eriksson 6.5 (Carter 51, 6); Cuthbert 7.5 (Kirby 64, 6), Ingle 7, Fleming 7.5; James 8, Kerr 7 (England 64, 6), Reiten 6.5 (Svitkova 77, 6). Subs not used: Musovic, Kanyerd, Charles, Abdullina.
Goals: Kerr 12, Cuthbert 26, Reiten 36.
Booked: None. Sent off: None.
Manager: Emma Hayes 9
Tottenham (4-4-1-1): Korpela 5; Turner 5.5, Bartrip 5.5, Zadorsky 5, Ale 5.5; Ildhusoy 5.5 (Ayane 69, 5), James 6, Summanen 6, Neville 5.5 (Ubogagu 83); Spence 6; Naz 5.5. Subs not used: Spence, Pearse, Harrop, Cho.
Booked: Bizet 9, Neville 36, Summanen 62. Sent off: None.
Manager: Rehanne Skinner 4.5
Referee: Rebecca Welch 7.5.
A deep corner came all the way through to the Scot who unleased a fierce, dipping volley from the edge of the box which Spurs goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela was unable to keep out.
Such was Chelsea’s dominance Hayes could well have taken her seat on the sidelines at this point but ten minutes before half-time Spurs’ Ashleigh Neville virtually ensured Hayes’ return would be a winning one.
Lauren James’ marauding run down the right, similar to the ones her brother and Chelsea men’s player Reece makes regularly on this ground, drew a clumsy foul from Tottenham’s Ashleigh Neville in the box. Guro Reiten stepped up and sent Korpela the wrong way from the spot.
Chelsea threatened regularly after the break wit defender Bright going closest when she rattled a volley off the crossbar from a James corner. In truth, the only complaint Hayes could have was that her side didn’t extend their advantage in the second-half.
But with key midfielder Pernille Harder missing through injury, this was a performance which suggested it will be difficult for the rest of the league to stop Chelsea in their bid for a fourth league title in as many seasons.
They returned to the top of the table with this result and with their leader Hayes back at the helm, there looks to be no chance of stopping the Chelsea juggernaut anytime soon.
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