Chelsea booked their place in the Conti Cup final with a commanding 3-1 victory over Manchester United on Wednesday.
Emma Hayes’ Blues have won this competition two times in a row and showed that quality to see off a spirited United side who gave Chelsea a game, but ultimately succumbed to the immense quality of the reigning WSL champions.
The deadly Pernille Harder opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a glorious solo goal, before Jessie Fleming’s looping header put the hosts 2-0 up just five minutes later.
United responded well and Vilde Boe Risa thundered them back into the tie almost immediately. Jackie Groenen’s sumptuous backheel tore Chelsea’s defence apart and Risa made no mistake from a tight angle.
That goal gave the Red Devils an energy boost, but Chelsea took the life out of their opponents with deadly precision before the break. Jess Carter made a lung-bursting run into the box and was perfectly picked out by the dominant Guro Reiten, whose ball simply needed steering into the back of the net in the 39th minute.
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Chelsea controlled the game perfectly after the interval and even finished the match with an extra player. United goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley was dismissed ten minutes from time for dragging down Sam Kerr outside the box.
There were few positives for United, although new signing Signe Bruun made her debut as a second-half substitute.
As for Chelsea, they will have one eye on Thursday’s semi-final between Manchester City and Tottenham, with a spot in the final on March 5 on the line.
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