Chelsea retained the Women’s Super League title with an outright 5-0 victory over Reading and are still in line for a historic quadruple.
Emma Hayes’ side headed into Sunday’s final round of games two points clear of second-placed Manchester City and with a three-higher goal difference.
And they weren’t wrong in getting the win they needed because Melanie Leupolz, Fran Kirby’s double, Sam Kerr and Erin Cuthbert made sure the trophy stayed with the Blues.
Chelsea were named the 2019/20 champion on points per game. When the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, they were a point behind leaders City with one game underway.
This time around, they settled things on the pitch, ensuring the victory that ensured City’s 1-0 win at West Ham counted for naught.
All nerves were banished as Chelsea got off to a quick start, taking the lead after just two minutes. Leupolz took off his marker from Jess Carter’s corner and fired his shot from the center of the box by Reading goalkeeper Grace Moloney.
Hayes’ side were not at their brilliant best in the first half, but were not threatened by Reading.
As the visitors started to tire, it was a familiar combination that allowed the home side to regain control after 43 minutes. Fluid team movement freed Kerr and the Australian reduced the shot for Englishman Kirby to shoot in the upper right corner.
The pair combined again 12 minutes after the break as Chelsea put the game beyond doubt. Kerr held a long ball over the top well and left it to Kirby to unleash a nice left-footed finish from the edge of the box for his 16th WSL goal of the season.
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Kirby returned the favor after 71 minutes with a delicious crossing ball for WSL top scorer Kerr to score her 21st league goal of the season and become the second player to score more than 20 in a campaign in history. of the league.
Kerr’s beautiful volley was the duo’s 12th combined goal of the season and their third of the afternoon.
Substitute Erin Cuthbert put the death knell for an outright victory with Chelsea fifth after 75 minutes when Maloney couldn’t hold a header from Kerr and Cuthbert managed to get him in.
A procession to the title was crowned with Kerr winning the Golden Boot and Ann-Katrin Berger’s 12 white sheets winning the Golden Glove.
The title is the second trophy in a potential quadruple for Chelsea, who won the League Cup in February and will face Barcelona in the Champions League final next weekend, which you can hear LIVE on talkSPORT Saturday night.
England’s most successful player Fara Williams of Reading made her last appearance before retirement, with both sides paying tribute to the 37-year-old ahead of kick-off.