Sam Kerr scored a brace to help Chelsea produce one of the high-scoring football results of the weekend in the FA Cup final. Kerr opened the scoring for the Blues in the 33rd minute before Lauro Hemp equalized for the Citizens. Erin Cuthbert once again put the Blues in front in the 63rd minute before Hayley Ruso equalized in the 89th minute. Kerr scored her second and the game-winner in the 99th minute to seal the victory.
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes: “I’m so happy, I really am. That was so amazing for the women’s game today. Two teams who respected each other going toe-to-toe. I loved the game plan, I thought it was really aggressive, but we had to grind and work. We stopped Man City’s momentum in the way we press, but it meant we had to suffer and there was a lot of cramping and groin strains. To dig it out doesn’t surprise me, I said that to them at extra time. I knew which team was going to be the winning team. I think Man City are a top team, but they underestimated us today. our team, from the loss in the Continental Cup final, had a point to prove and I thought we did really well with that.”
Man City boss Gareth Taylor: “Of course, I’m going to be biased, but I felt like we were the dominant team in large periods of the game,” he reflected. “I thought we started well, had good chances. We had to show good character to bounce back after giving away a disappointing goal. We controlled large parts of the game and then the last 20 minutes, I thought we were excellent. We were the only team in extra time that I felt like were going to go on and do it. We make a slight error, which ends up costing us. It’s difficult then because Chelsea can see the finish line.”
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