Chelsea rise to victory with a 7-0 beating of Servette in the Women’s Champions League thanks to doubles by Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby as leader of Emma Hayes’ Group A
- Chelsea beat the Swiss Servette 7-0 in their Champions League group stage match
- Melanie Leupolz opened the scoring from the edge of the area in the eighth minute in
- Fran Kirby and Sam Kerr secured a dominant lead with three in four minutes
- Jessie Fleming scored the Blues’ sixth while Guro Reiten added the seventh
Emma Hayes had asked her Chelsea players to be “more relentless” before the Champions League clash with Servette. Seven goals, five different scorers: mission accomplished.
The Blues’ first two group games had had close encounters with Wolfsburg and Juventus. They needed a goal in injury time to claim a point against the Germans and they managed a 2-1 victory in Turin last month.
But this turned out to be a massacre of a team that was far inferior. The Swiss champions still train part-time and it was inevitable that this was a step too far.
Chelsea dominated their Champions League Group A match against Swiss Servette
Germany’s Melanie Leupolz opened the scoring just eight minutes from the edge of the area
Fran Kirby (top) celebrates scoring second of Chelsea’s game with Sam Kerr’s film
Chelsea was 5-0 up and out of sight in 25 minutes. It scares you to think of the worst that could have been for Servette if Pernille Harder had been available.
Fran Kirby should have opened the scoring as early as the third minute, but was only able to fire a direct shot from close range at Servette’s goalkeeper, Ines Pereira, before hitting the crossbar with the rebound.
But the dead end was broken five minutes later. Millie Bright chose Melanie Leupolz on the right side of the box and the midfielder tapped inside before taking a left-foot shot into the far corner.
The Australian (center) continued her assist by scoring a double in two minutes
The Chelsea forward scored her double after Kirby returned the favor with an assist.
The English forward also bagged a double after being unmarked in the area
Servette could barely touch the ball and quickly found herself 2-0 down. Drew Spence passed the ball to Sam Kerr, whose first move found Kirby, who would not be denied a second time when he squeezed the ball to pass Pereira.
Servette (4-2-3-1): Pereira, Soulard, Spalti, Hurni, Fleury (Maendly 45), Tufo, Lagonia (Redondo 71) Tamplin, Nakkach (Bourma 71), Padilla-Bidas, Boho (Grivaz 89)
Unused Subs: Droz, Felber
Coach: Eric Severac
Chelsea (3-4-3): Musovic, Bright, Carter (Mjelde 66), Eriksson (Andersson 57), Reiten (Fox), Spence, Leupolz, Cuthbert (Charles 57), Fleming, Kirby, Kerr (England 66)
Unused Subs: Telford, Berger, James, Ji, Ingle
Goals: Leupolz 8, Kirby, 16, 26, Kerr 18, 20, Fleming 38, Reiten 49
Coach: Emma Hayes
Any hope for an unlikely comeback was dashed when Kerr scored two goals in two minutes. The first saw Chelsea turn defense into attack before a cross from Guro Reiten found Leupolz at the back post, with the midfielder placing the ball on a plate for the Australian to tap.
Kerr’s second came when a floating pass from Kirby caught her on the edge of the box, with the forward fooling the ball before shoving it past Pereira.
Fleming added a sixth before the break with the forward finishing from a tight angle after being played by Kirby.
It took Chelsea just four minutes into the second half to make it 7-0. Spence’s pass found Kerr down the right and the forward passed it to Reiten to finish at the back post.
Kerr could have had his hat-trick shortly before after running into Erin Cuthbert’s pass, but his chip on Pereira bounced just wide. Spence then hit the bar from close range just past the hour mark.
The substitutions slowed the pace of the game, as Servette managed to stabilize in the remaining 25 minutes.
Hayes will no doubt have frustrations that his team didn’t score more in the second half, but seven goals and a clean sheet more than met his demands for cruelty. The Blues host Servette again on November 18 in what could be another heavy scoring.