Chelsea smash seven past Servette as Mjelde returns on perfect evening for Blues


helsea hammered seven goals past Servette to lay down a big marker in their Uefa Women’s Champions League group.

The Swiss side have already suffered 5-0 and 3-0 defeats to Wolfsburg and Juventus, respectively, in their campaign but Chelsea blew them away like no other with a six-goal lead at the break.

Hayes subsequently saw her team refuse to drop down a fear following Melanie Leupolz’s eighth-minute strike. Three goals came in a flurry between the 16th and 20th minutes, starting with Kirby firing past Ines Pereira having been teed up by Kerr.

Two minutes later Kerr got on the scoresheet herself with a close-range finish from Leupolz’s cut-back, and the Australian then swiftly netted again for 4-0, prodding in following a lofted ball from Kirby.

Kirby dinked in number five in the 26th minute. Jessie Fleming then struck past Pereira from a tight angle to make it 6-0 with seven minutes to go before the break.

Five minutes into the second-half, the advantage was extended further as Kerr sent the ball across the box, Kirby left it and Guro Reiten side-footed in.

While further goals looked more than likely at that point, the closest Chelsea got to an eighth was Drew Spence rattling the bar with a shot in the 64th minute, shortly before Hayes brought on Maren Mjelde for her long-awaited return to action after injury.

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Chelsea now have seven points from three Group A games, having previously drawn 3-3 with Wolfsburg and then won 2-1 at Juventus. Their next match in the pool is against Servette at Kingsmeadow a week on Thursday.

“It was a great performance,” said Hayes.

“I thought the drive, the determination, the energy, the movement, the precision of our passing – all of those things contributed to a very, very good first-half performance. I thought it was a great team effort.”

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