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Aston Villa Women 0-4 Chelsea Women: Blues set WSL record of 32 games unbeaten

Chelsea set a new Women's Super League record of 32 games unbeaten with a victory at Aston Villa that sent them back to the top of the table.

Emma Hayes' Blues have now eclipsed Manchester City's two-year run set between 2015 and 2017.

Sam Kerr crashed an early opener into the top corner before Beth England headed in Kerr's pinpoint cross.

Pernille Harder then drove a low shot into the bottom corner and Magdalena Eriksson slotted a fourth.

Hayes, who has won the WSL three times as Chelsea boss, described the new record as "a moment to recognise how lucky our club is to have such a wonderful team full of amazing humans".

"Together we have made some special memories," she addedexternal-link after her side's eighth straight win.

Chelsea, who last tasted defeat at Birmingham City in January 2019, have moved above Manchester United on goal difference with a game in hand.

In stark contrast it proved a tough first game in charge of Villa for interim manager Marcus Bignot, with England's curling shot also clipping the bar in between the two first-half goals as the visitors dominated possession.

Villa are winless at home this season in their first WSL campaign, but defended resolutely to keep the reigning champions at bay until their resistance was broken as Harder's first away goal for Chelsea sparked a quickfire double.

'The best Chelsea team I've ever had'

Since Ellen White's stoppage-time goal gave Birmingham a dramatic 3-2 win at Kingsmeadow exactly two years ago, Hayes' squad of international stars has been relentless.

They have chalked up 25 wins in that incredible 32-match unbeaten streak, a record which earned them a third league title in a truncated 2019-20 season and has put them in pole position to defend their crown.

They have defeated both of their Manchester title rivals this season and reached the halfway point of the season by dropping just four points from 11 matches to sit top.

"This team will go down in history, I'm certain of it," Hayes told Chelsea TV.external-link "I know when you're winning a lot there's just this expectation you're going to keep doing it, but this is the best Chelsea team I've ever had."

Line-ups

Aston Villa Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 29Weiß
  • 3Ale
  • 5N'Dow
  • 6Asante
  • 15Haigh
  • 17HaywoodSubstituted forFollisat 76'minutes
  • 21EwersSubstituted forWestat 63'minutes
  • 22HaylesSubstituted forSiemsat 45'minutes
  • 20Iwabuchi
  • 9Larsen
  • 23HanssenBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAbreu Sousa Silvaat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rogers
  • 7Follis
  • 11West
  • 12Hutton
  • 13Siems
  • 14Syme
  • 16McLoughlin
  • 19Abreu Sousa Silva

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 28Telford
  • 18Mjelde
  • 4BrightBooked at 71mins
  • 16Eriksson
  • 21CharlesSubstituted forFoxat 84'minutes
  • 5Ingle
  • 17Fleming
  • 20Kerr
  • 23HarderSubstituted forSpenceat 73'minutes
  • 11ReitenSubstituted forBeever-Jonesat 84'minutes
  • 9England

Substitutes

  • 8Leupolz
  • 10Ji
  • 14Kirby
  • 24Spence
  • 25Andersson
  • 29Fox
  • 30Berger
  • 33Beever-Jones
Referee:
Helen Conley

Match Stats

Home TeamAston Villa WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home28%
Away72%
Shots
Home2
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away12
Fouls
Home6
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa Women 0, Chelsea Women 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa Women 0, Chelsea Women 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Beth England (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sophie Ingle.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessie Fleming.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Chelsea Women. Jessie Fleming tries a through ball, but Sam Kerr is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Asmita Ale.

  7. Post update

    Drew Spence (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Stine Larsen (Aston Villa Women).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Anita Asante.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Aston Villa Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa Women. Diana Silva replaces Nadine Hanssen.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jorja Fox replaces Niamh Charles.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Aggie Beever-Jones replaces Guro Reiten.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stine Larsen (Aston Villa Women) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Natalie Haigh with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Natalie Haigh.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).

  18. Post update

    Mana Iwabuchi (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).

  20. Post update

    Stine Larsen (Aston Villa Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women119203462829
2Man Utd Women1292130111929
3Man City Women1173137102724
4Arsenal Women117223993023
5Everton Women105232115617
6Reading Women133641623-715
7Tottenham Women103341318-512
8B'ham City Women10316915-610
9Brighton Women12237826-189
10West Ham Women102171324-117
11Aston Villa Women112181030-207
12Bristol City Women11029649-432
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