9-0 win sees Chelsea take over at the top

It's been a bad week for Arsenal, who were overtaken by the Blues in the Women's Super League, and knocked out of the Champions League

Friday, 1st April — By Catherine Etoe

UEFA Womens EURO England 2022 General Sale Launch

Millie Bright, Kenza Dali, Ann-Katrin Berger and Jess Carter at the UEFA Women’s Euros 2022 ticket launch (see below)

THE international break begins on Monday and the FA Women’s Super League title race will be put on the back burner for almost three weeks.

But as the players join up with their respective countries to resume their 2023 World Cup qualification campaigns, the battle for the WSL crown still hangs in the balance.

A thumping win over Leicester saw Emma Hayes’ defending champions Chelsea leapfrog Arsenal at the top of the table on Sunday.

The Foxes had lost 7-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round at the end of February. But the Blues went two better with doubles from Guro Reiten, Sam Kerr, and Beth England, and goals from Aniek Nouwen, Lauren James and Jessie Fleming.

With the visit of Spurs to the Emirates called off because of Covid, that 9-0 victory brought Chelsea level with the Gunners on 17 games played, but one point and a goal difference of five ahead.

This Sunday, Chelsea are back at it with the visit of eighth-in-the-table Reading.

After a Covid-hit week, fifth-placed Spurs will hope to resume their bid for a Champions League spot with the visit of Aston Villa at 2pm.

Arsenal go into their BBC2 televised lunchtime tie with Leicester needing to bounce back after suffering a Champions League quarter final exit at the Volkswagen Arena on Thursday.

A ninth minute opener from former Gunner Jill Roord and a second half Leah Williamson own-goal saw Wolfsburg win the tie 2-0 on the night (3-1 on aggregate) in front of more than 11,000 fans.

Afterwards, captain Kim Little said it was “incredibly disappointing” to go out of the competition – which Arsenal were crowned champions of in 2007 – but that the team would refocus for the future.

She added: “We all as players and as a team will go away and make sure that we do all we can, so when we come back to being at this stage again, which will happen, that we can go further.”

Chance to snap up Euros tickets

GIANT women’s table football players were unveiled in Carnaby Street on Monday as tickets for this summer’s UEFA Women’s Euros went on general sale.

The 16-nation, 31-match tournament kicks off with hosts England playing Austria at Old Trafford on July 6 and culminates in a big Wembley final on July 31.

The final is already sold out and attendance records look set to be broken across the board, with more than 350,000 tickets snapped up in pre-sales. For more information visit uefa.com

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