January 26, 2022

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Chelsea lift women’s FA Cup after 3-0 win over Arsenal

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Chelsea have won the women’s 2020-21 FA Cup after beating Arsenal 3-0 in Sunday’s final.

The final was postponed from last season, with the quarter-finals and semi-finals also taking place after the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

The Blues were in the driving seat for the entire contest and should have won by much more. Arsenal, meanwhile, were guilty of numerous sloppy errors in what was a day to forget for manager Jonas Eidevall.

Emma Hayes’ side got off to a dream start when Fran Kirby seized upon a defensive mix-up before racing through on goal and finishing confidently.

Chelsea very nearly doubled their lead soon after with Sam Kerr denied by a terrific Manuela Zinsberger save. Zinsberger was busy all half, denying Kirby a second goal (twice) and also preventing Kerr from converting a one-on-one just before the half-hour mark.

The latter struck the bar from close range too, as Chelsea harried their opponents into several mistakes.

Arsenal carved out few chances but did have a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when the ball struck Erin Cuthbert’s arm inside the box.

The one-way traffic continued in the second half with Kerr having a headed effort saved early on. She did not have to wait too much longer for her goal though, with her snapshot wrong-footing Zinsberger and nestling in the back of the net in the 57th minute.

Arsenal offered little in response and Kirby nearly made it 3-0 20 minutes from time when her fierce effort cannoned off the top of the post.

The third goal did eventually come though, and it was the pick of the bunch. Kerr was the scorer, racing through before producing a delicious chip that left Zinsberger stranded.

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