Leicester City 0-9 Chelsea: Top of the League

An outstanding away performance saw Emma Hayes’s side go to the top of the WSL in emphatic style. In a blistering and brutal display, the Blues put the Foxes to the sword as it finished Leicester City 0-9 Chelsea at the King Power Stadium. 

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After the victory over Birmingham City in the FA Cup Quarter Finals, Emma Hayes made several changes to line up 3-5-2. Zecira Musovic returned into goal, with Aniek Nouwen, Jess Carter and Millie Bright again retaking the armband. Niamh Charles and Guro Reiten were deployed as wingbacks. This left Sophie Ingle screening the defence, and Ji So-Yun and Erin Cuthbert playing in free central midfield roles. The two up-top were the in-form Bethany England and Sam Kerr. 

First Half

Barely 3 minutes on the clock, the Blues led. Guro Reiten’s perfectly placed free kick curled into the top corner to start an absolute rout. On the 5th minute, Millie Bright’s terrific pass released Sam Kerr and although Demi Lambourne denied her initially, the Australian finished the rebound well. Neat interplay between Kerr and England in the 7th minute saw the latter fire into the top corner to make it 3. 

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With just 11 on the clock, it was a scarcely believable fourth. A deep corner was volleyed back in by England and Nouwen turned in her first WSL goal. A new WSL record – the first team to score 3 in the opening 10 minutes. 

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The next goal came on the 28th minute. Another stunning delivery, this time from Reiten found England at the back-post who powered home the fifth. Leicester lost Ashleigh Plumptre in the aftermath and conceded a bruising sixth in added time. Again, the imperious Reiten strode down the wing and impudently chipped into the far corner. 

The Blues were going top in style. 

Second Half

Emma Hayes swapped Ji for Jessie Fleming at half-time and the message was clear – score more goals. It happened barely 90 seconds in – a pinpoint cross from Beth England found her strike partner Kerr and she headed home expertly. 7-0. 

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Erin Cuthbert smacked against the barr before two rafts of substitutions broke up the game. Firstly Maren Mjelde and Magda Eriksson replaced the relatively untroubled Nouwen and Carter. Later, Reiten and England were replaced by Jonna Andersson and Lauren James. 

Although Chelsea retained control, they didn’t look like scoring again until the 88th minute. A long awaited moment too. A low cross from Niamh Charles found Lauren James and she sidefooted in her first Blues goal. This galvanised the Blues and a late flowing move saw Spence release Fleming who powered home to make it Leicester City 0-9 Chelsea. 

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Although Natasha Flint had a late chance for a meagre consolation, Musovic was able to put her off and keep the clean sheet as it ended Leicester City 0-9 Chelsea.

Full Time: Leicester City 0-9 Chelsea

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Final Thoughts: Leicester City 0-9 Chelsea

A stunning performance from the Champions puts them top of the league for the first time as their de-facto ‘game in hand’. Leicester City 0-9 Chelsea will be remembered for setting records and a scintillating display. The task is clear now: win the remaining games and win the Super League again. 

Up next is a chance for revenge, at home to Reading in the WSL.  

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