'Unreal' Sam Kerr act leaves football world gobsmacked: 'Ridiculous'

The Aussie superstar has underlined her status as one of world's best female footballers in an extraordinary display for Chelsea.

Seen here, Sam Kerr celebrates during Chelsea Women's 7-0 rout of West Ham in the League Cup semi-finals.
Sam Kerr was in unstoppable form for Chelsea in a 7-0 rout of West Ham in the League Cup semi-finals. Pic: Getty

Aussie superstar Sam Kerr has underlined her status as one of the world's best female football player after an extraordinary display for Chelsea in the English League Cup semi-finals. The Matildas ace continued her mind-boggling scoring record for the Blues since moving to England, bagging four goals in a 7-0 rout of hapless West Ham. Kerr now has a staggering 81 goals in 99 games for Chelsea.

Kerr's stunning performance earned Chelsea a spot in the Cup final, where they will come up against fierce London rivals Arsenal. The emphatic win sees the Blues reach the League Cup final for a fourth consecutive season and keeps the Londoners in the hunt for a domestic treble. Chelsea are currently two points clear of Manchester United on top of the Women's Super League table.

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Chelsea's Aussie superstar has been in prolific goalscoring touch this season, with her quartet of goals bringing Kerr's tally to 20 in all competitions. The Matildas forward's hat-trick is also her seventh since moving to English football in 2020 - three more than any other player across England's club competitions.

Against a thoroughly outplayed West Ham, it was Kerr's Matildas teammate Mackenzie Arnold who bore the brunt of the Chelsea striker's lethal form. Kerr secured her hat-trick in the first half, starting as early as the third minute followed by goals in the 22nd and in stoppage time. She bagged another in the 60th to complete her scoring.

Her first was from a free-kick at the far post while her second of the night came from a pass from Erin Cuthbert which she rifled into the top corner. Kerr secured her treble when she slotted in a stray ball in the box after Hawa Cissoko fell over in attempting a backpass, before nodding in Eve Perisset's cross on the hour.

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Kerr's electric form and almost unrivalled scoring ability left fans in awe of the 29-year-old. Social media was inundated with praise for the Aussie superstar, who many supporters have already anointed as the women's Ballon d'Or winner-in-waiting.

Chelsea now meet London arch-rivals Arsenal in the League Cup final at Selhurst Park on March 5. They beat the Gunners 2-1 in the 2020 final, before thrashing Bristol City 6-0 the following year. Kerr's side was defeated 3-1 by Manchester City in last year's final.

Aside from Kerr's masterclass against West Ham, Fran Kirby, Lauren James and Guro Reiten also got on the scoresheet in a nightmare evening for Hammers manager Paul Konchesky, despite making four changes in the second half.

Chelsea's demolition of the Hammers sets up an intriguing tie with the Gunners, where Kerr will come face to face with fellow Aussies Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley. Emma Hayes' Gunners had a much tougher time reaching the final beating holders Manchester City 1-0, the decisive goal arriving in time added on after 90 minutes.

with AAP

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