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Chelsea beat Arsenal to win Women’s FA Cup

May 4, 2018

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Highlights: Bachmann brace wins Chelsea FA Cup

Chelsea won their second Women’s FA Cup as they beat London rivals Arsenal in front of a new competition-record crowd of 45,423 at Wembley.

After a quiet first half, Ramona Bachmann brought the game to life with two fine strikes shortly after the break to put the Blues in control.

Vivianne Miedema’s low finish gave Arsenal hope, but Fran Kirby’s curling shot restored Chelsea’s two-goal lead.

Chelsea beat Arsenal to win Women’s FA CupChelsea beat Arsenal to win Women’s FA Cup

The Gunners, playing in their 16th final, were unable to respond late on.

Chelsea’s victory kept alive their hopes of a domestic double, with four more games remaining of the Women’s Super League One season and only goal difference separating them and leaders Manchester City.

For Arsenal, who had been bidding for their second domestic trophy of the season after lifting Continental Tyres Cup in March, the defeat meant they were unable to add to their dominant record of 14 wins from 16 FA Cup finals.

The fourth Women’s FA Cup final to be played at the national stadium endured a relatively subdued first half of few clear-cut chances, but it sparked into life when the lively Bachmann fired the ball into the roof of the net soon after half-time.

The 27-year-old Switzerland international soon doubled the lead, as her well-hit shot from the right-hand side was deflected into the far corner.

Arsenal, who had gone close through Miedema’s deflected effort in the first half, pulled one back through the Netherlands striker, as she tucked the ball in after good work from Beth Mead.

But England forward Kirby’s clinical finish to make it 3-1 added to a remarkable season that has seen her awarded both the PFA Women’s Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year award, as well as helping the Blues reach the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League.

Hayes leads Blues to more glory

Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes
Chelsea Ladies boss Emma Hayes has led the club to both of their Women’s FA Cup triumphs

Victory saw Chelsea claim their fourth piece of major domestic silverware, all of which have come under boss Emma Hayes’ tenure, since the former Arsenal assistant coach took charge in 2012.

The Blues’ second FA Cup added to their 2015 league title and their triumph in 2017’s one-off, transitional spring series.

Hayes – who is 33-weeks pregnant with twins and opted to follow the match from the dugout, seated, after health advice – has built a side full of talented internationals and her front three of Kirby, South Korea’s Ji So-Yun and Bachmann delivered for their manager when it mattered after half-time.

The result saw the Blues avenge 2016’s 1-0 loss to the Gunners at Wembley – a game in which Hayes had been critical of her side for “not turning up”, but the same could not be said on Saturday.

Chapman’s record-breaking 10th FA Cup

Almost exactly 21 years since winning her first FA Cup on 4 May, 1997 with Millwall Lionesses – then aged just 14 – midfielder Katie Chapman captained the Blues as she earned her 10th winners’ medal in the competition.

The former Arsenal star has also started in all 10 of those final successes.

Her new record cup win capped another marvellous campaign for the heavily-decorated 35-year-old, who performed well in the relatively deep holding role for the Blues at Wembley.

Player of the match – Ramona Bachmann

Ramona Bachmann
Ramona Bachmann helped Chelsea win the WSL Spring Series after joining the club from Wolfsburg

The former Wolfsburg forward’s two goals were vital but her movement, quick feet and tireless work ethic brought world-class quality to the game.

Hayes’ capture of Bachmann from the German side, who have knocked Chelsea out of Europe three seasons in a row, has been a key part of their recent success and may well yet play a pivotal role as they look to achieve their long-term target – winning the Women’s Champions League.

‘The last thing I needed was something nervy’ – what they said

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes told BBC Sport: “This is more enjoyable than the first time around [2015’s victory] because that was such a dominant performance from us.

“The quality of the goals showed the difference between the two sides.

“The last thing I needed was something too nervy and that was the most relaxed I’ve felt in a final in my entire career.

“With a record crowd, I’m very pleased that people watching today have watched a very high standard of football.”

Arsenal Women boss Joe Montemurro told BBC Sport: “We’re obviously disappointed but Chelsea are a powerful team.

“They’ve got players who can play on the big stages and they did that. The more we play these big games and these big teams, the more we’ll learn and get better.

“We need to be smarter and maybe a little bit braver in the way we set up defensively.

“We’re making small steps. We can’t change it overnight. My projects are always long term, they’re never short term.

“Whatever eleven Chelsea put out is a strong team. We’re a little bit different. We’ve got a very young squad. The future is bright.”

‘Chelsea controlled every ebb and flow’ – analysis

Chelsea Ladies lift the Women's FA Cup
Chelsea Ladies’ previous Women’s FA Cup final win came in 2015

Former England defender Alex Scott told BBC Sport

The better team won, it’s as simple as that. Chelsea’s players showed up today and the Arsenal team was undone by individual class.

I’m struggling, going through the Arsenal team, to name any outstanding players.

These Arsenal players will have regret, they will have left this pitch thinking ‘I could have done better’. Chelsea felt that two years ago and you could see they didn’t want that feeling again.

Former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis told BBC Sport

The lack of experience in the Arsenal team showed and when Chelsea took the lead it went flat and they didn’t have a response.

Arsenal’s big players did not shine and that’s the complete opposite for Chelsea. The front three for Chelsea were absolutely fabulous.

Chelsea built the momentum and even when Arsenal got a goal back, their response was to score another goal. They controlled every ebb and flow of this game.

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Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 18Evans
    Substituted forCarterat 84′minutes
  • 6Williamson
  • 16Quinn
  • 3Mitchell
    Substituted forMcCabeat 84′minutes
  • 20JanssenBooked at 42mins
    Substituted forO’Reillyat 63′minutes
  • 7van de Donk
  • 10Little
  • 8Nobbs
  • 23Mead
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 9Carter
  • 13Moorhouse
  • 15McCabe
  • 17O’Reilly
  • 25Samuelsson

Chelsea Ladies

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4Bright
  • 18Mjelde
  • 16Eriksson
  • 3Blundell
  • 10Ji
  • 17Chapman
  • 20Andersson
    Substituted forThorisdottirat 69′minutes
  • 24Spence
    Substituted forCuthbertat 75′minutes
  • 14Kirby
  • 23Bachmann
    Substituted forAlukoat 84′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 5Flaherty
  • 9Aluko
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 28Telford
Referee:
Lindsey Robinson
Attendance:
45,423

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamChelsea Ladies
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home4
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

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Match ends, Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea Ladies 3.

Full Time

Posted at90’+6′

Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea Ladies 3.

Posted at90’+5′

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Heather O’Reilly.

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Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Heather O’Reilly.

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Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Leah Williamson.

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Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at90’+4′

Foul by Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies).

Posted at90’+3′

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Katie McCabe.

Posted at90’+1′

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Sari van Veenendaal.

Posted at90’+1′

Attempt saved. Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Posted at90′

Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).

Posted at90′

Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at85′

Attempt missed. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Posted at84′

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Eniola Aluko replaces Ramona Bachmann.

Substitution

Posted at84′

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Danielle Carter replaces Lisa Evans.

Substitution

Posted at84′

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Katie McCabe replaces Emma Mitchell.

Goal!

Posted at76′

Goal! Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea Ladies 3. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hannah Blundell.

Posted at76′

Attempt blocked. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Posted at75′

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Erin Cuthbert replaces Drew Spence.

Goal!

Posted at73′

Goal! Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea Ladies 2. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Beth Mead.

Posted at71′

Kim Little (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Posted at71′

Foul by Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies).

Substitution

Posted at69′

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Maria Thorisdottir replaces Jonna Andersson.

Posted at65′

Foul by Emma Mitchell (Arsenal Women).

Posted at65′

Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Posted at63′

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Heather O’Reilly replaces Dominique Janssen.

Posted at63′

Attempt saved. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Posted at62′

Foul by Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women).

Posted at62′

Drew Spence (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Posted at60′

Goal! Arsenal Women 0, Chelsea Ladies 2. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Posted at53′

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Louise Quinn.

Posted at53′

Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

Posted at53′

Katie Chapman (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Posted at51′

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Posted at51′

Attempt saved. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Posted at48′

Goal! Arsenal Women 0, Chelsea Ladies 1. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the top right corner. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Second Half

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Second Half begins Arsenal Women 0, Chelsea Ladies 0.

Half Time

Posted at45’+1′

First Half ends, Arsenal Women 0, Chelsea Ladies 0.

Posted at44′

Attempt missed. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Posted at43′

Attempt saved. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.


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