Chelsea take control of WSL title race with thrashing of Leicester

Pernille Harder hit twice as good Chelsea prepared for the FA Cup final by moving a point behind Women’s Super League leaders Manchester United thanks to a 6-0 defeat by Manchester United leicester

Emma HayesThe reigning champions, who meet United at Wembley on Sunday, took control of the game thanks to Guro Reit’s eighth-minute finish and Erin Cuthbert’s 50th goal for the club.

Harder’s second brace in as many games – following a brace in Sunday’s 7-0 win over Everton – put the result before half-time in no doubt.

Lauren James extended the Blues’ lead with a stunning solo goal in the 56th minute before Jelena Cankovic completed the goal with another spectacular goal in added time.

Second-placed Chelsea, who have won four straight league games, have one game against title rivals United and have an identical goal difference.

Relegated Leicester, who were beaten 8-0 at home by the Blues in December, remain two points above bottom Reading with two games to go after losing 15 in a difficult season.

Pernille Harder scored as Chelsea beat Leicester

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arsenal boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification by moving into third place after an early brace from Stina Blackstenius helped them win 4-0 Brighton.

Sweden striker Blackstenius struck in the sixth and eighth minutes to put the visitors on course for a comfortable win.

Frida Maanum and Victoria Pelova also scored first-half goals for the Gunners, who overtook Manchester City with a game in hand on goal difference.

Zack Zwiezen

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