'Superstar': Fans go nuts for 'incredible' Sam Kerr moment

Andrew Reid
·4-min read
Pictured here, Sam Kerr's amazing goal against Wolfsburg in the Champions League.
Sam Kerr's goal against Wolfsburg left fans in awe on social media. Pic: Chelsea TV/Getty

Matildas star Sam Kerr has lit up social media after scoring an extraordinary goal during her "best game" in a Chelsea shirt.

The Aussie superstar scored one huge goal and made another in a thrilling 2-1 win over German powerhouses Wolfsburg in the first leg of the Women's Champions League quarter-finals.

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Chelsea boss Emma Hayes hailed Kerr after the match, insisting it was her finest showing for the Blues since a high-profile move to the club in November, 

2019.

"It was her best game in a Chelsea shirt. She looked relaxed and calm, held the ball up, and had a swagger about her game," said the manager.

While Kerr's all-round display was exceptional, her finish for the goal was world class.

After rounding the Wolfsburg keeper from teammate Fran Kirby's pass, the Aussie was left with an almost impossible angle just inside the byline.

Swivelling and hitting the shot on the turn, Kerr made a mockery of the difficult angle as she lashed the ball into the top of net.

The extraordinary strike had football fans salivating on social media.

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Chelsea earn crucial first leg advantage

English champions Chelsea's 'home' leg was played in the Hungarian capital Budapest because of COVID restrictions but it mattered little as the Blues earned their first-ever win over last season's formidable finalists.

With Chelsea struggling to make an impact against their bogey side, Australia's captain changed the course of the tie in the 55th minute with her jaw-dropping opener.

The goal was the 27-year-old's 17th of an increasingly impressive season - but she wasn't finished there.

Eleven minutes later, Kirby took advantage of careless defending, found Kerr in the box and her simple lay-off set up Chelsea's second for Pernille Harder, the Danish superstar the Blues had signed from Wolfsburg last September.

Sam Kerr is seen celebrating Chelsea's win over Wolfsburg with teammates.
Kerr was instrumental in Chelsea's first ever win over German giants Wolfsburg. Pic: Getty

Kerr's movement in a largely solitary role up front was, as no less a judge than Arsenal legend Ian Wright noted about her recently, on a "different level".

She just missed getting on to the end of another Kirby cross and one superb turn near the touchline and defence-splitting pass inside should have led to a goal for fullback Jonna Andersson, who got lost so high up the field.

Chelsea, seeking trophies on four fronts, were pegged back by Dominique Janssen's 70th minute penalty in a high-quality encounter and looked fortunate to have come away with a goal advantage to take into next Wednesday's second leg.

Wolfsburg, who knocked Chelsea out of the competition in three successive seasons from 2015-16, had twice hit the woodwork and looked the better side until Kerr helped kick Chelsea into gear after the break, with Hayes accepting the tie is far from over.

with AAP

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