Chelsea 8-0 Vllaznia: Sam Kerr scores four points as Chelsea top the table


Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder scored a combined 44 goals in all competitions for Chelsea last season.

Sam Kerr scored four goals as Chelsea secured a big win over Albanian visitors Vllaznia to extend their lead at the top of the Women’s Champions League.

Kerr opened the scoring after 10 minutes and was then set up three times by midfielder Guro Reiten, while teammate Pernille Harder scored a hat trick.

Norwegian Reiten, making his 100th appearance for Chelsea, also provided Harder’s fourth assist, while Katerina Svitkova scored the club’s first goal.

The win extends Chelsea’s lead at the top of Group A to two points after second-placed Real Madrid drew 0-0 with Paris St-Germain in their previous game.

Chelsea, the 2020-21 finalists, failed to progress past the group stage last season, but have made a strong start to this year’s competition.

They secured their impressive win over Paris St-Germain last week with a comfortable victory at Kingsmeadow, against the cheers of 420 fans traveling as part of Vllaznia’s official supporters’ allocation.

Albanian fans were vociferous in their support for their team, competing in the group stage of the Women’s Champions League for the first time.

They screamed throughout, cheering for Chelsea’s missed chances and waving flags that lit up the pitch and caused a brief stoppage late in the game.

Chelsea midfielder Zecira Musovic
Vllaznia was supported by around 400 fans at Kingsmeadow

However, Chelsea dominated the pitch, with Kerr and Harder in clinical form and Reit’s creation heavily involved.

Substitute Svitkova got into the act when she scored her first goal in Chelsea colors since joining from West Ham in the summer.

It was Chelsea’s third game in a week and they made seven changes from their Women’s Super League win at Brighton on Sunday.

Kerr was able to make it four goals in just over an hour, while England international Fran Kirby made a welcome return from the bench after recovering from illness.

Chelsea host Aston Villa in their next Women’s Super League game on Sunday and welcome Real in their next Champions League game on November 23.

Kerr enjoys himself as the goals roll

Kerr was the top scorer in the WSL last season with 20 goals for Chelsea, but for this game, he had just one goal in five games this season.

He looked hungry to extend his lead against the bottom-ranked side and it didn’t take him long to open his account, coolly firing the ball over the keeper after Harder’s sharp pass.

Reiten was the provider of Kerr’s next three goals, the hat-trick goal early on from a corner to captain Magdalena Eriksson.

Kerr, clearly making contact with the header, smiled as he tried to correct the referee, but saved his famous backflip celebration for his fourth goal.

His tally of five goals this season reflects his ability and he clearly relished the 63 minutes he took to punish Vllaznia.

The eleven

Chelsea Women

training 4-3-3

  • 1Musovic
  • 15He would dieBooked in 21 minutes
  • 26Buchanan
  • 16Eriksson
  • 21Charlesreplaced byCarterin 63′minutesBooked in 73 minutes
  • 17Flemingreplaced byKirbyin 74′minutes
  • 5English
  • 23more difficult
  • 19Kaneryd on horsebackreplaced bySvitkovain 63′minutes
  • 20Kerrreplaced byEnglandin 64′minutes
  • 11routereplaced byAbdullinain 74′minutes

replacements

  • 3new
  • 4bright
  • 7Carter
  • 9England
  • 10James
  • 13Svitkova
  • 14Kirby
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 27Abdullina
  • 30Berger
  • 32on the wall

Women’s Brotherhood

training 5-4-1

  • 33Williams-Mosierreplaced byRexhepiin 76′minutes
  • 30Popovicreplaced byRamadanin 45′minutes
  • 26Knox
  • 14the line
  • 6Maliqi
  • 16SEX
  • 9Pattersonreplaced bythe saddlein 76′minutes
  • 15Berisha
  • 8Cavanaugh
  • 11the shower
  • 31the busreplaced byLufoin 45′minutesreplaced byDavidsonin 83′minutes

replacements

  • 1beat
  • 2in Vuksa
  • 4Davidson
  • 7the saddle
  • 10Ramadan
  • 12Rexhepi
  • 17Lufo
  • 18The fighters
  • 19GEORGE
  • 21the hill
  • 24Saranovic

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