31 games unbeaten – Chelsea Women show Lampard’s team how it’s done

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Chelsea Women beat Manchester United 2-1 at home to go top of the Women’s Super League table.

The victory over Manchester United means the Blues equalled the record for the longest unbeaten streak in WSL history. The Chelsea Women have now gone 31 games in the league without defeat.

The victory saw us leapfrog Manchester United to become league leaders on goal difference while also having a game in hand.

Pernille Harder scored Chelsea’s opener on after 30 minutes as the Blues went into the break leading 1-0.

Chelsea Women forward Sam Kerr could have put the game to bed in the first but wasted three gilt-edged chances.

It looked as if those misses would come back to haunt the Blues when Lauren James equalised for Manchester United after the hour mark.

A long ball from goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger found Fran Kirby behind the Manchester United centre backs and the forward kept her cool to chip the ball over Mary Earps to score Chelsea’s winner just three minutes after Manchester United’s equaliser.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1) Berger; Mjelde, Bright, Eriksson (c), Andersson; Ji (Reiten 77), Leupolz; Kirby, Harder (Ingle 70), Cuthbert; Kerr (England 70)
Unused subs Telford, Blundell, J Fleming, Charles, Spence
Scorers Harder 30, Kirby 64
Booked Reiten 90+4

Man United (4-2-3-1) Earps; Batlle, A Turner (c), M Turner, Smith; Ladd, Groenen; Hanson (Sigsworth 77), Toone, Galton; Press (James 55)
Unused subs Bentley, Harris, McManus, Zelem, Fuso, Heath, Ross
Scorer James 61
Booked Groenen

Referee Rebecca Welch

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