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Chelsea make WSL goal-scoring history in 9-0 victory over Leicester

Ali Rampling
Chelsea were big winners over Leicester on Sunday
Chelsea were big winners over Leicester on Sunday / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Chelsea became the first side in WSL history to score three goals in the opening 10 minutes of a match as they ran out emphatic 9-0 winners over Leicester on Sunday.

The win is also the joint second biggest margin of victory in WSL history, level with Liverpool's 2013 win over Doncaster and Chelsea's 2020 thrashing of Bristol City of the same scoreline. It is bettered only by Arsenal's 11-1 thumping of Bristol in 2019.

With Arsenal's WSL clash against Tottenham postponed due to Covid-19, the Blues knew they would move into top spot in the WSL with a win over the Foxes at the King Power Stadium.

And win they did - in some style.

Guro Reiten kick started the rout inside the first three minutes, finding the top corner with a fabulous free kick, having won the initial set piece with a driving run.

"I've waited for that free kick," Reiten told Sky Sports at full time. "Ji looked at me and she's like the (free kick) specialist, she looked at me and she said: 'you're taking it today'. It was a good one!"

It was two just two minutes later. Millie Bright picked out a trademark Sam Kerr run off the shoulder of the Leicester backline, and the Australian striker fired past Leicester goalkeeper Demi Lambourne at the second time of asking.

History was made with a full three minutes to spare. Beth England and Sam Kerr combined - the former winning the initial flick on and the latter laying it back into her path - and England crashed home.

"That was a lot of fun," Reiten added. "We can talk about perfect starts to a game, when you score three goals in the first seven minutes it's perfect."

There was no let up from Chelsea, who added a fourth, fifth and sixth before half time courtesy of Aniek Nouwen and a second from England and Reiten. It was just the third time in WSL history that a team had hit six goals in the opening 45 minutes.

Another strike from Kerr, Lauren James' maiden WSL goal for Chelsea and a Jessie Fleming finish following a fabulous team move saw the Blues make it nine in the second half, moving top of the WSL with a ruthless display.