Sam Kerr’s Chelsea have suffered a humbling defeat in a top-of-the-table conflict with Arsenal as her fellow Matildas Steph Catley, Caitlin Foord and Kyra Cooney-Cross celebrated a record-breaking day for the Gunners.
In entrance of a crowd of 59,042 at their Emirates Stadium, a brand new excessive for a Ladies’s Tremendous League match in England, Arsenal provided their fellow Londoners a uncommon hiding on Sunday (Monday AEDT), powering to a 4-1 win that includes a double for England World Cup star Alessia Russo.
Kerr has hardly ever had such a quiet sport for the chastened champs, who have been off the tempo from the beginning and have been dominated by an Arsenal aspect who’ve now moved on to the identical quantity of factors, 22, atop the desk and are solely adrift on aim distinction.
In flip, they’re each three factors away from Manchester Metropolis, who’ve two different Matildas, Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy, of their ranks.
Foord was a energetic presence in a buzzing Arsenal assault that took benefit of a shaky Chelsea rearguard clearly lacking their England colossus Millie Shiny via a knee damage.
The Aussie was concerned within the build-up to the primary aim as England ahead Beth Mead fired in after simply eight minutes and though Chelsea responded shortly towards the run of play to stage via Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, who evaded Catley to fireplace residence left-footed, the house aspect stored on the entrance foot..
Chelsea keeper Ann-Katrin Berger then made a large number of making an attempt to gather a Catley nook, permitting Amanda Ilestedt to peel off and head residence Arsenal’s second, earlier than Russo then additionally struck beautifully on the counter throughout the area of three minutes.
Russo scored once more from the penalty spot within the second half and the scoreline might have been much more damaging with Kerr lastly getting her first and solely actual probability of the day, which resulted in a tame header on aim, deep into stoppage time.
Substitute Cooney-Cross, who’s starting to indicate her worth in latest matches for the Gunners, acquired a short cameo on the finish of the match.
Earlier than Kerr’s quiet day, supervisor Emma Hayes had defined why the Matildas’ captain had wanted a break from final week’s worldwide duties in Canada.
“Individuals want to know that Sam performed via the World Cup with a major calf damage and got here again injured and has been carrying that damage all through, plus a problem inside her foot,” Hayes instructed the BBC.
“What she’s accomplished for her membership and nation over the previous 4, 5 years is nothing in need of outstanding – however her physique could not face up to rather more, so she’s wanted the time to get herself proper, as a result of she hasn’t been 100 per cent.”
In different matches, Liverpool’s Australian keeper Teagan Micah made a tremendous save from Abi Harrison to make sure they escaped with a degree of their 1-1 draw with Bristol Metropolis.