Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
22-year-old English striker, Lauren James was the star of the match as English Women’s Soccer League (WSL) holders, Chelsea FC secured a 5-1 win against Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues maintained their 100% winning record and moved six points clear atop the Women’s Super League.
James, who was not in the starting lineup for Wednesday’s 2-2 Champions League draw with Spanish side, Real Madrid, made her presence known early at Stamford Bridge with a goal in the 11th minute.
Her second was a rocket from the left side of the 18-yard box into the far corner, and she completed the hat-trick with a close-range finish in the 64th minute.
Aggie Beever-Jones and Sjoeke Nusken also scored for the departing Emma Hayes’s side, who lead Arsenal by six points but have played one game more.
Liverpool are in the fifth position on the log on 11 points after seven games.
The game at Stamford Bridge was Chelsea’s first at home since the announcement Emma Hayes was taking over as manager of the United States women’s team. She will leave four-times reigning WSL champions Chelsea at the end of this season.
A record 45,185 tickets have been snapped up for Sunday’s Women’s Super League derby between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford, setting up a potential attendance record.
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Depending on how many fans come through the turnstiles, the attendance could top the record of 44,259 set at the Etihad last season.
The derby marks the fifth WSL game played by United’s women at Old Trafford and is on pace to crush the team’s previous attendance record of 30,196 for Aston Villa’s visit to Old Trafford in 2022.
United, who beat City 2-1 last season at Leigh Sports Village, began the weekend third in the WSL standings while City are sixth.
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