Tottenham Hotspur Women 0-2 Chelsea Women
Sam Kerr scored twice as Chelsea returned to the top of the Women’s Super League with victory at Tottenham.
The WSL top scorer converted her 19th and 20th goals as the visitors took a huge step towards retaining their title.
Kerr broke stiff Tottenham resistance with a goal either side of halftime, slotting in after a Beth England touch, and volleying in a rebound when her own header was saved, each from Guro Reiten balls from the left.
Chelsea made a number of changes after their dramatic Champions League victory over Bayern Munich, with various players eager to make a case for inclusion in the final.Embed from Getty Images
Becky Spencer was strong throughout in the Tottenham goal, including making early saves from Sophie Ingle, Drew Spence and Magdalena Eriksson.
The Spurs threat was reduced to one Lucy Quinn low attempt midway through the half, taking a deep free kick in stride and bringing a sharp low save from Ann-Katrin Berger.
As Chelsea frustration was beginning to grow Millie Bright’s long diagonal found Reiten whose first-time ball in was dispatched by Kerr in the 41st minute.
Chelsea almost doubled their lead immediately after half-time, England on the right finding Jonna Andersson whose attempt hit the bar before Kerr succeeded on 52 minutes.Embed from Getty Images
With Chelsea increasingly comfortable from then on Emma Hayes had the luxury of making substitutions with a view to keeping players fresh for crucial upcoming matches.
Victory in their final game against Reading will guarantee the league title, before their Champions League final against Barcelona.