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Chelsea FCW 4-1 Paris FC Féminines, Women’s Champions League: Post-match reaction

Yet another Sam Kerr masterclass!

Chelsea FC v Paris FC: Group D - UEFA Women’s Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Harriet Lander - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Paris FC didn’t get to the Women’s Champions League group stage due to luck. Finishing the French league in third place behind Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain, the club had some big mountains to climb to join Chelsea, Real Madrid and BK Häcken among the teams vying for continental glory.

Having beaten both Arsenal and Wolfsburg to reach the group stage, Paris FC were eager to add yet another big club to their list of “victims”. Even though Chelsea spent most of the first half dominating every meaningful statistic, the French side were consistently threatening whenever they had a chance to get the ball high up the pitch while holding their own in defence.

However, we still have a Lauren James. Her pass to set up Sam Kerr’s opener was a beauty in its own, and the Australian striker made sure she would convert from it.

Chelsea could’ve increased the lead two-fold only a few minutes after that with Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, who unfortunately missed her chance at doing so. We would later pay for it with centre-back Théa Greboval tying the match at 1-1 for Paris before half-time.

Although Paris FC have been a thorn on the side of top European teams, Chelsea couldn’t afford losing points at the Bridge. Sam Kerr wouldn’t let that happen.

And to make sure we wouldn’t let the lead slip by our hands again, a hat-trick was in the making. Best of all, in the most amazing way possible.

The Blues could’ve kept things as is and they did it for as long as they could, with Paris FC failing to beat Ann-Katrin Berger on a few occasions. But there was still time for us to score a fourth goal on a corner kick, with Sophie Ingle taking the spoils.


  • Ann-Katrin Berger starts, and so does Kadeisha Buchanan. Johanna Rytting Kaneryd gets in the eleven after giving us a 30-minute masterclass against Liverpool last weekend.
  • Subs are Jessie Fleming for Fran Kirby, Sophie Ingle for Sjoeke Nüsken, Mia Fishel for Sam Kerr, Ève Périsset for Lauren James, and Maren Mjelde for Kadeisha Buchanan.
  • Far from the best first half from Chelsea, with Paris FC’s high line and pressing getting us in a lot of trouble.
  • Collective misgivings aside, our sheer talent still makes it so we had the better chances to score in the first 45 minutes.
  • Although she wasn’t really at fault for the goal, Jessie Fleming is having a really hard run of games. Hopefully she can pick up in form again as she can surely be a difference maker when she’s on.
  • Sam Kerr reminding us how absurdly good she is at football.
  • Next up: Leicester City at Kingsmeadow in the Women’s Super League.

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