Chelsea 2-0 Leicester: Two late goals lift champions to third in Women’s Super League

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 (Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
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An 83rd minute goal from Pernille Harder and another from Fran Kirby in stoppage time secured a 2-0 win for Chelsea over Leicester in their Women’s Super League encounter at Kingsmeadow.

The champions bossed the match with 71 percent possession and out-passed their opponents 508-215, but for much of the contest it looked as if they’d be forced to settle for a frustrating draw.

But Emma Hayes’ outfit were relentless in their pursuit of a victory and they secured the decisive goal when Jessie Fleming was put through into space down the right and played an inviting cut-back into the box. Harder lunged at it and made a enough contact to take it past Kirstie Levell in the Leicester goal as the ball nestled into the bottom right corner.

The gloss was added in added time when Kirby was the beneficiary of a long ball flicked on and she made no mistake in her one-on-one with the Leicester goalkeeper, slotting home for her 50th goal in the division.

There was also a milestone for Hayes who recorded her 100th WSL win as manager.

The Blues were worthy winners but will reserve some concerns that their dominance did not translate into a glut of goals and that they were forced to dig deeper than they had anticipated.

Leicester remain winless from five games and have yet to record a point as they sit bottom of the table with a -13 goal difference.

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