'What on earth': Sam Kerr flattens pitch invader in bizarre incident
Sam Kerr was at the centre of extraordinary scenes in England on Wednesday when she received a yellow card for shoulder-charging a pitch invader.
The Aussie star was in action for Chelsea against Juventus when a young man ran onto the field in an attempt to get a photo with Juve's Magda Eriksson.
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Kerr, who was standing near Eriksson on the pitch, wasn't about to let the pitch invader get any closer and dropped her shoulder as he ran past.
The man was sent sprawling to the turf after the brutal hit and left rather embarrassed.
Unfortunately for Kerr she was hit with a yellow card for her troubles, however she instantly became the hero of the internet.
I have never seen that at a women's game...Pitch invader, Sam Kerr pushes him over and gets a yellow card. Bizarre.
— Molly Hudson (@M0lly_Writes) December 8, 2021
A fan ran onto the pitch at Chelsea vs Juventus during the game to try to get a picture with Magda Eriksson.
As he was jogging away from the stewards, Sam Kerr barged him over and received a yellow for doing so.
Pic: Getty pic.twitter.com/tCpmF3NBLB
— Adam Millington (@AdamGMillington) December 8, 2021
Sam Kerr has just pushed a pitch invader to the floor and then been booked for it. What on earth have I just seen 😂
— Ameé Ruszkai (@ameeruszkai) December 8, 2021
Sam Kerr, bodyguard. https://t.co/NHc2qEc01g
— RJ Allen (@ASoccerPundit) December 8, 2021
So a pitch invader ran onto the field during Chelsea Womens' Champions League tie with Juventus.
Sam Kerr dropped her shoulder into him, and put him on his backside -- she was booked as a result.
Makes you proud to be an Australian... 🐐 pic.twitter.com/IHCrevMI6t
— ABC SPORT (@abcsport) December 8, 2021
I really hope there is video of this Sam Kerr hip and shoulder from overnight! #bang #floored pic.twitter.com/QlOvPnmhRz
— Brenton Speed (@BrentonSpeed) December 8, 2021
Chelsea missed their chance to seal qualification for the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals after drawing 0-0 with Juventus at Kingsmeadow.
Emma Hayes’ side were thwarted on a number of occasions by Juve goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin as they endured a frustrating time in their penultimate Group A match, where victory would have guaranteed their progress as pool winners.
With their fate still to be determined, Chelsea complete their group fixtures by playing Wolfsburg away next Thursday.
They have 11 points from five matches, three more than Juventus and Wolsfburg, who earlier on Wednesday were 3-0 victors over a Servette outfit still without one on the board.
Sam Kerr leads Chelsea to FA Cup glory
Sam Kerr was the hero on Sunday, scoring twice as Chelsea defeated Arsenal 3-0 in the Women's FA Cup final at Wembley to secure the domestic treble.
Kerr had missed two good chances in the first half, striking the bar with one, but she would not be denied and she struck in the in the 57th and 77th minutes after England's Fran Kirby had put Chelsea ahead in the third.
"It wouldn't go in (in the first half) but we knew it was coming," Kerr said.
"We knew if we keep pushing at some point they would go in and they did."
True to form, the ebullient Matildas captain was left celebrating with the bottle of champagne awarded to her as player of the match afterwards, declaring: "This will go down a treat - I can't wait to party!"
Kerr is the first Australian woman to collect an FA Cup winners' medal at Wembley, the third of any gender after Craig Johnston and Harry Kewell.
"So many wondered how Sam would cope in the English game," Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said of Kerr.
"As far as I am concerned, she is the best striker in the world."
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