Chelsea cruise into Women’s FA Cup quarter-finals with 7-0 win over Leicester

Chelsea are into the sixth round of the Women’s FA Cup thanks to their joint biggest win of the season, putting seven goals past fellow WSL side Leicester without reply.

The Blues matched their 7-0 away win against Servette in the Champions League group stage back in November, with Pernille Harder the star of the show against the Foxes at Kingsmeadow.

Harder scored twice and bagged a hat-trick of assists, while strike partner also finished with two goals and another two assists. Ji So-yun, Aniek Nouwen and Bethany England helped rack up the score-line with goals of their own in the second half.

For Dutch defender Nouwen, it was a first goal in Chelsea colours, while England would have been happy for the opportunity to net after struggling for regular game time.

Leicester weren’t completely out of the game at half-time. It was just 2-0 at that stage, but an earlier red card for Leicester defender Sophie Howard inside the opening 20 minutes proved to be defining and there was no way the visitors could compete after the break with only 10 players.

Chelsea are the current holders of the FA Cup after comfortably beating Arsenal in the heavily delayed 2021 final at Wembley in December.

The Blues will discover their quarter-final opponents in due course. A battle between Women’s Championship leaders Liverpool and WSL leaders Arsenal and a Manchester derby are the headline fifth round ties that will be played on Sunday.

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