Chelsea 2-1 Spurs: Doing the Double

Chelsea stayed top of the Women’s Super League with a hard-fought win at Kingsmeadow. It also ensures they complete the double over the North London side, having beaten them 5 days previously. Emma Hayes’s side keep their four-point lead intact as it ended Chelsea 2-1 Spurs.

Chelsea 2-1 Spurs Final Score Edit.

Team News

After the tough away win against Tottenham, the Blues made several changes. Zecira Musovic came in for the suspended Ann-Katrin Berger. Jess Carter and Jonna Andersson started at fullback with Magda Eriksson and Millie Bright in central defence. Sophie Ingle screened the back 4 with Erin Cuthbert and Pernille Harder in free roles. This left Sam Kerr, Beth England and Guro Reiten as the front 3.

Chelsea named a strong bench including Jessie Fleming, Lauren James and Aniek Nouwen. Poppy Soper also made her squad debut.

First Half

The home side started strongly with Reiten and Harder finding space early. On the 19th minute, the early pressure told. A short corner was played to Andersson on the edge of the left side of the box. Her deep cross was inviting and Beth England obliged. Her header beat Korpela to give Chelsea the lead.

Embed from Getty Images

The Blues dominated and Kerr, England and Cuthbert all missed good chances to extend the lead. Reiten was played through by Pernille Harder one-on-one with Korpela, however, the Spurs stopper saved well. As a result, the game remained in jeopardy. On the 44th minute, Carter dallied and resultantly Spurs won a free kick. Kyah Simon delivered and an unmarked Kerys Harrop glanced into the far corner. 1-1.

Parity was not for long. A quick pass by Ingle into Harder opened space. A terrific touch from the Dane took her past Harrop. Her inch-perfect chipped cross found Sam Kerr and she nodded home. Chelsea 2-1 Spurs on the stroke of half-time.

Embed from Getty Images

Second Half

With the score Chelsea 2-1 Spurs, it was no surprise the away side started off trying to equalise again. A cross-shot from former Blue Rosella Ayane was tipped over by Musovic. As a result of the nerves in the stadium, Emma Hayes acted accordingly. Subsequently, Jessie Fleming replaced Guro Reiten.

Embed from Getty Images

Erin Cuthbert was next to go closest later. She seized the ball before driving inside two defenders. In spite of her driven effort beating Korpela, it clipped the post. Harder was then replaced by Niamh Charles.

Another terrific run by Cuthbert saw her tee up Kerr. The Australian finished, however, the flag was raised. Additionally, the offside was incorrect, adding to the Blues’ frustrations. Resultantly, it finished Chelsea 2-1 Spurs; a result that did not belie their superiority.

Embed from Getty Images

Full Time: Chelsea 2-1 Spurs

Final Thoughts: Chelsea 2-1 Spurs

On the one hand, Chelsea 2-1 Spurs was a tough match. Emma Hayes’s side could not kill off their opponents with a third goal. Consequently, there were some nervy voices in Kingsmeadow before the final whistle. On the other hand, it’s more important to pick up points at this moment, than to have good performances. Chelsea 2-1 Spurs leaves the home side two wins away from a third title in a row.

The Blues are back in action in the late kick-off this weekend, against relegation-threatened Birmingham City.

Leave a Reply