Sam Kerr scores twice as Chelsea beat Manchester United to win Women’s Super League title

Sam Kerr has capped a historic week by scoring two brilliant goals and guiding Chelsea to their third consecutive Women’s Super League title.

It ended a fantastic week for the captain of Matildas, who was crowned England Football Writer of the Year on Thursday.

With Chelsea 2-1 behind Manchester United and their title hopes in serious jeopardy, the Matildas striker scored a crucial equalizer early in the second half.

It helped launch a stunning 4-2 comeback win and their 18th win in 22 games this season.

Chelsea finished at the top of the table, one point ahead of Arsenal and nine points above Manchester City.

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But Kerr’s opening goal was just a warm-up before bringing in an astonishing bit of skill in the 66th minute.

She grabbed the ball to her chest and immediately spun to make a remarkable loop volley for her 20th — and arguably her best — WSL goal of the season.

Her special attacks, which crowned her player of the match, also saw her take home the Golden Boot for the WSL’s top scorer for the second consecutive season.

A group of female soccer players in blue celebrate during a match with smiles on their faces
Sam Kerr (center) is harassed by her Chelsea team-mates as two goals put her at the top of the leaderboards for the second year in a row.Reuters: Matthew Childs

Chelsea’s victory spelled heartbreak for three other Matildas, who hoped to win the title on the final day of the season against London rivals Arsenal of the Blues.

Steph Catley scored a fine second half goal in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over West Ham, while Caitlin Foord was also featured and Australian international Lydia Williams sat on the bench.

But, painfully for Arsenal, their win still left them one point behind Chelsea, who took their fourth title in five years.

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