Australian Sam Kerr scored in his second women’s FA Cup final in extra time to complete Chelsea’s domestic double with a 3-2 win over Manchester City on Monday morning.
The Australian forward hit from outside the penalty area in the 99th minute to defend the cup for West London Club in front of a record attendance of 49,094 at Wembley Stadium.
“It’s a great feeling to be part of this club,” Kerr said after the win. “It’s the best club in the world and I’m very proud.”
The success for Emma Hayes comes a week after winning the third consecutive Women’s Super League title.
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After a lack of clear-cut chances, City goalkeeper Eli Roebuck made a mistake during his jump to collect Millie Bright’s long looping ball and Kerr headed in the far post for Chelsea’s opener in the 33rd minute.
Chelsea conceded their first equalizer in the 42nd minute when Lauren Hemp stepped away from Bright and sent him off the wrong side before taking a touch and curling in the net.
Chelsea regained the lead when a weak goal from Roebuck went straight to Erin Cuthbert. As a result of the pass exchange, the ball was returned to him outside the area and he hit the 63rd net.
Chelsea were preparing for the trophy celebration until Hailey Rasso cleverly beat Chelsea’s offside trap and started a well-hitting cross from Alex Greenwood before equalizing at 89.
After capitalizing on Alana Kennedy’s cramps, he capitalized on becoming a player behind City and sealed the victory in extra time. Kerr went ahead and fired the shot that went behind the net with a huge deviation from Alex Greenwood to Roebuck.
Hayes, the Chelsea manager, said: “We put pressure on Man City to stop the pace but that meant we had to suffer. There was a lot of cramping and groin pressure and everything else,” said Hayes, the Chelsea manager.
“Digging it doesn’t surprise me, I know this team is going to be the winning team. It’s not always nice. I think Man City is a top team but I think they underestimated us today. We had a point to prove and I thought. That we did really well with it.
“This team will go down in history. It’s the best team I’ve ever coached. We always want to talk about perfection in football but often not on the winning team, it’s about people’s efforts. We have a bunch of people who don’t want to be on the losing team. Finds out. “
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