Chelsea will now face either Tottenham or Manchester City in next month’s Women’s League Cup final after beating Manchester United thanks to goals from Pernille Harder, Jessie Fleming and Jess Carter.
Thursday 3 February 2022 06:18, UK
Chelsea stayed on course for a third-successive Continental League Cup triumph after beating Manchester United 3-1 in their semi-final on Wednesday.
The Blues, trophy winners in 2020 and 2021, will play either Tottenham or Manchester City in next month’s final after scoring three goals in 13 first-half minutes.
Pernille Harder and Jessie Fleming put Chelsea 2-0 up at Kingsmeadow and, although United’s Vilde Boe Risa reduced the deficit, Jess Carter struck their third before the break.
The visitors played the final 13 minutes with 10 players after goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley was shown a straight red card for her challenge on Blues substitute Sam Kerr outside the box.
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Harder scored a fine individual goal to break the deadlock for Chelsea in the 26th minute and the unmarked Fleming looped a header over Baggaley to double their lead five minutes later.
The visitors responded immediately when Norway midfielder Boe Risa fired home inside the near post just a minute later.
But Chelsea regained their two-goal advantage before the break, with Carter bursting into the area to finish.
United threatened on several occasions at set-pieces in the second half, but the Blues held firm to extend their unbeaten run this year.
United lost for the first time in eight games in all competitions, beaten for the first time in normal time since November 21.
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The Barclays FA Women’s Super League has a new home this season on Sky Sports with up to 35 games shown exclusively live. The deal covers the next three seasons and has seen the WSL added to Sky Sports’ flagship offerings.
The current Sky Sports Barclays FA WSL presenter line-up is led by presenter Caroline Barker and includes expert pundit Karen Carney and reporter Lynsey Hooper with commentators Jacqui Oatley and Seb Hutchinson. Jessica Creighton also hosts the Inside the WSL show, aired every Thursday.
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Here’s how to follow across Sky Sports:
Sky Sports – All 35 games will be available across Sky Sports’ flagship channels, including Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
Sky Sports News – Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week Barclays FA WSL fans can enjoy Sky Sports News (channel 409) rolling editorial coverage of the league and its storylines throughout the season.
Inside the WSL – Hosted by award-winning broadcaster and journalist Jessica Creighton, Inside the WSL is a comprehensive round-up of all things Barclays FA Women’s Super League and women’s football. Airing weekly from Thursday, September 9 on Sky Sports Premier League, the half an hour show will review and preview matches, include in-depth analysis and exclusive player interviews. Viewers can expect gripping behind-the-scenes access as well as a summary of all the action both on and off the pitch.
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Sky Sports Social – Alongside coverage and visibility for the league across all Sky Sports’ main social media channels, a new bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will be the home of all Barclays FA WSL content on Sky Sports.
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