Aussie football superstar Sam Kerr has produced a stunning finish to help Chelsea defeat rivals Manchester United in the Women's Premier League and go top of the table. Kerr has now scored in seven of her last six games against United in all competitions after producing a sensational finish in her team's 1-0 win at home.
Kerr surprisingly missed a number of clear-cut chances when one-on-one with United goalkeeper Mary Earps, who thwarted her with excellent saves. However, there was no denying the in-form striker in the 23rd minute after a jaw-dropping pass from Lauren James.
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There was nothing the England keeper could do to prevent Kerr beating her with an exquisite piece of skill after a sublime first touch. Kerr controlled a long diagonal ball from James in the box, before chipping the keeper with a delicate touch.
The pass from Lauren James. 🎯
The touch and finish from Sam Kerr. 😮💨pic.twitter.com/E1fQlbvs4V
— London Is Blue Podcast ⭐️⭐️ (@LondonBluePod) March 12, 2023
The Australian left the commentator in raptures after the beautiful moment. "She brings it down superbly, she scores brilliantly," the commentator said in awe.
"That really is what Sam Kerr is all about. Nothing Mary Earps could do this time. And at the third time of asking, Sam Kerr hits the back of the net...from that moment, instant control off the chest. In the game of the season, it's one of the goals of the season from Sam Kerr."
Football world reacts to Sam Kerr's stunning goal
After the match, Kerr was full of praise for her teammate James. "Lauren's an amazing player, her vision is underrated," Kerr told Chelsea TV.
"We just had eye contact and she just knew to put it in behind United's defence. It came off and I'm just glad it got us over the line,"
Kerr's goal could be decisive in the title race. Chelsea are now top of the table after the win with a game in hand.
Football fans around the world reacted to yet another stunning goal from Kerr in the Women's Premier League. Football diehards also acknowledged the 60m pass from James that found Kerr in the box with pinpoint accuracy.
WHO ELSE BUT SAM KERR!!! And what a goal it is 🥵
This Lauren James x Sam Kerr link up is ridiculous.
Chelsea take the lead.
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— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) March 12, 2023
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) March 12, 2023
Sam Kerr has scored seven goals in six appearances against Manchester United in the Women's Super League 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ekeqiqZHTd
— GOAL (@goal) March 12, 2023
That ridiculous pass from Lauren James and the calm finish from Sam kerr beautiful football.pic.twitter.com/5zFF6FOB67
— Louis (@_CfcLouis) March 12, 2023
Sam Kerr took it personally when people said Alessia Russo was on her level.
Match Winner. CFCW Legend 🔵 pic.twitter.com/3vz9JkVKuc
— Tom Overend (@tovers98) March 12, 2023
Her 22nd goal of the season in all competitions was also Kerr's seventh against United in six WSL appearances as champions Chelsea leapfrogged the Red Devils to move two points clear at the top. Chelsea saw less of the ball then their visitors but Kerr was a constant threat and could have added to her tally if not for some desperate last-ditch defending from United.
"It was a big performance from the team. Obviously, I scored, but so many people stepped up today," said Kerr, who'd been left downcast a week earlier when Chelsea lost the league Cup final to Arsenal.
"But that's when we play our best, when we've got our backs against the wall." Manchester City are third in the table, also two points behind Chelsea but the Blues have a game in hand on both their Manchester chasers.
City won 2-1 at Brighton with Khadija Shaw scoring twice, taking her to 15 goals for the season, which means she's likely to take this season's 'golden boot' as top scorer away from Kerr, who took the award in each of the past two campaigns.
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