Women's Football

Chelsea 1-0 Servette: Player ratings as Sam Kerr fires Blues to win

Krishan Davis
The 'Kerrby' combination struck again
The 'Kerrby' combination struck again / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages
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Sam Kerr's second-half strike was enough to earn Chelsea a 1-0 win over Servette in the Women's Champions League at Kingsmeadow on Thursday night.

The Blues completely dismantled the Swiss champions in the reverse fixture, running out 7-0 winners in Geneva, but it was a very different contest this time around.

The hosts were flat in the first half, only creating two good chances as Fran Kirby's shot was saved from the angle before Beth England had a header palmed away.

Although Chelsea improved after the break, they still had to wait until the 67th minute to open the scoring. Fran Kirby provided yet another assist for Kerr, slipping the Australian through to nutmeg a defender and fire home.

Servette were then reduced to ten players when Amandine Soulard received a second yellow card for a rash challenge late on.

Debutant Lauren James and Jessie Fleming both went close twice each in stoppage time, but Chelsea couldn't find a second.

The result keeps the Blues top of Group A in the Women's Champions League.

Here's how the Chelsea players rated...


CHELSEA WOMEN PLAYER RATINGS

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Chelsea FC Women v Servette FCCF: Group A - UEFA Women's Champions League
Musovic was impressive / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Zecira Musovic (GK) - 7/10 - Smart save to stop a cheeky back-heeled effort after the break. Another good save soon after.

Maren Mjelde (RB) - 7/10 - A first start since her injury way back in March! Slotted in at centre-back later on. Relatively untested but a solid return to the team.

Millie Bright (CB) - 7/10 - Saw plenty of the ball, attempting to play out from the back and making some marauding runs.

Magdalena Eriksson (CB) - 7/10 - Some important interventions and played out from the back smoothly.

Jonna Andersson (LB) - 6/10 - Denied a goal by an excellent block in the second half. Subbed.


2. Midfielders

Fran Kirby, Monica Mendes
Kirby got yet another assist / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Fran Kirby (RM) - 8/10 - Should have scored from the angle ten minutes in. Another brilliant assist for Kerr to open the scoring. Subbed.

Sophie Ingle (CM) - 7/10 - Showed off her full passing range. Controlled the midfield and played a crucial long ball in the build-up to the opener. Subbed.

Ji So-yun (CM) - 7/10 - Very neat and tidy. Lovely chapeau over an opponent in the first half.

Niamh Charles (LM) - 7/10 - Supported the attack well, pressing high to force mistakes. Worked hard all game long.


3. Forwards

Sam Kerr, Natalia Padilla Bidas
Kerr was on the scoresheet again / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Beth England (ST) - 6/10 - Saw a headed effort well saved by the keeper. Couldn't really get into it. Subbed.

Sam Kerr (ST) - 8/10 - A little bit wasteful in attacking areas early on...Course she would eventually score, though. Excellent composure and strength to nutmeg a defender before finishing. Subbed.


4. Substitutes

Jessie Fleming - 6/10

Melanie Leupolz (CM) - 7/10

Erin Cuthbert (RWB) - 7/10 -
Always a threat.

Lauren James (ST) - 6/10 -
Finally made her debut. Unlucky to miss a tap-in before skying another good chance. More to come.

Guro Reiten (RM) - 6/10 -
Came very close with a header.


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