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Liverpool Women 0-4 Chelsea Women: Fran Kirby hat-trick helps visitors win

Fran Kirby scores
Fran Kirby's second goal came from the penalty spot

Fran Kirby scored a hat-trick as Chelsea Women eased past Liverpool to move within a point of second-placed Arsenal in the Women's Super League.

The England forward opened the scoring with a calm finish in the box following a neat one-two with Ramona Bachmann.

Kirby doubled Chelsea's lead from the spot after her shot was handballed by a Liverpool defender in the penalty area.

She added a third with a powerful shot and substitute Adelina Engman headed in another for Chelsea in stoppage time.

In Kirby's first game since helping England win the SheBelieves Cup in the United States last week, she linked up impressively with Swiss striker partner Bachmann for two of her goals at Prenton Park.

Eighth-placed Liverpool have scored just 11 goals in their 15 WSL games this season and came closest when Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's effort was ruled out for offside.

Chelsea's versatile midfielder Maren Mjelde managed 66 minutes on her return from injury, with Emma Hayes' side now six points behind leaders Manchester City with both having three games to play.

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Preuss
  • 3Robe
  • 6Bradley
  • 12LittleBooked at 39mins
  • 23Purfield
  • 5Fahey
  • 19Rodgers
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forHodsonat 64'minutes
  • 8CoombsSubstituted forKearnsat 84'minutes
  • 9Sweetman-Kirk
  • 24LinnettSubstituted forBabajideat 53'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Murray
  • 18Kitching
  • 20Babajide
  • 21Kearns
  • 36Hodson

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Berger
  • 3Blundell
  • 18MjeldeSubstituted forCooperat 66'minutes
  • 16Eriksson
  • 20AnderssonSubstituted forRileyat 72'minutes
  • 24Spence
  • 7Carter
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forEngmanat 66'minutes
  • 14Kirby
  • 8Carney
  • 23Bachmann

Substitutes

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4Bright
  • 10Ji
  • 11Riley
  • 15England
  • 17Engman
  • 21Cooper
Attendance:
237

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home1
Away18
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool Women 0, Chelsea FC Women 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool Women 0, Chelsea FC Women 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool Women 0, Chelsea FC Women 4. Adelina Engman (Chelsea FC Women) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Hannah Blundell.

  4. Post update

    Karen Carney (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Amy Rodgers (Liverpool Women).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool Women. Missy Bo Kearns tries a through ball, but Courtney Sweetman-Kirk is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Deanna Cooper (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool Women).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool Women. Missy Bo Kearns replaces Laura Coombs.

  10. Post update

    Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Amy Rodgers (Liverpool Women).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hannah Blundell (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

  13. Post update

    Adelina Engman (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Ali Riley replaces Jonna Andersson.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ramona Bachmann with a cross.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Deanna Cooper replaces Maren Mjelde.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Adelina Engman replaces Erin Cuthbert.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool Women. Ashley Hodson replaces Yana Daniels.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jessica Carter.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women17125049143541
2Arsenal Women14120253114236
3Chelsea Women17105234112335
4B'ham City Women159152014628
5Bristol City Women156451322-922
6West Ham Women166192129-819
7Reading Women155372224-218
8Liverpool Women155191126-1516
9Brighton Women1734101233-2113
10Everton Women14239926-179
11Yeovil United151113943-344
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