Pernille Harder scored twice as Chelsea warmed up for the FA Cup last by transferring some extent behind Women’s Super League leaders Manchester United due to a 6-0 thrashing of lowly Leicester.
Emma Hayes’ reigning champions, who face United at Wembley on Sunday, took management of the competition courtesy of Guro Reiten’s eighth-minute end and Erin Cuthbert’s fiftieth purpose for the membership.
Harder’s second double in as many video games – following a brace in Sunday’s 7-0 thrashing over Everton – put the end result past doubt earlier than the break.
Lauren James stretched the Blues’ benefit with a surprising solo purpose within the 56th minute earlier than Jelena Cankovic accomplished the scoring in added time with one other spectacular strike.
Second-placed Chelsea, who’ve gained 4 league matches in a row, have a sport in hand on title rivals United and an equivalent purpose distinction.
Relegation-threatened Leicester – thumped 8-0 at dwelling by the Blues in December – stay two factors above backside membership Reading with two video games to go following their fifteenth defeat of a tough marketing campaign.
Arsenal boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification by climbing to 3rd after Stina Blackstenius’ early brace helped them report a 4-0 success over Brighton.
Sweden ahead Blackstenius struck within the sixth and eighth minutes to set the guests on target for a snug victory.
Frida Maanum and Victoria Pelova additionally claimed first-half targets for the Gunners, who climbed above Manchester City on purpose distinction with a sport in hand.