As it happened: Chelsea Women storm past Reading with a 3-1 victory
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15:298 months ago

Full Time: Chelsea Women 3 - 1 Reading Women

It's Chelsea who are victorious in their first game of the new decade. Sam Kerr had a strong debut, and although she did not score, she provided the assist for the first.

Bethany England was in fine form as usual, and showed once again how she is one of the top players in England.

Despite Fara Williams' early goal, Reading were set back by Grace Moloney's red card and found it difficult to recover.

The highlight of the game will, of course, be this amazing strike from Guro Reiten:

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90+2: England comes very close again, but is denied by Rachel Laws
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Around the grounds:

Rianna Dean has pulled one back for Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City at the hive, and Jordan Nobbs has just made it two for Arsenal in their game
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FOUR minutes added on at Kingsmeadow
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Substitution for Chelsea

Jamie-Lee Napier makes her debut for Chelsea, replacing Mjelde
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87: Bethany England hits the side netting with a shot from a tight angle
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88: Remi Allen comes close to breaking through for Reading but it stopped by the Chelsea defence, the Royals seem to be having a late flourish here
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86' Farrow comes close for the Royals up top, but she is denied by Berger
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82: Final substitution for reading

Farrow replaces James to make the Royal's final substitution of the game
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76: Substitution for Chelsea

Hannah Blundell replaces debutant Sam Kerr
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Around the grounds

It's all going on in the WSL right now, Manchester City are 2-0 up at Tottenham thanks to a Pauline Bremer goal and a long-range wonderstrike from Ellen White.

Kim Little has also made it 1-0 for Arsenal at home to Birmingham

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75: CUTHBERT! IT'S THREE

Rachel Laws saves a close header from Bethany England after brilliant link-up play between Andersson and Reiten to provide the cross, and the Scottish international Erin Cuthbert fires the deflected ball into the back of the net
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Here's another look at Guro Reiten's excellent finish that made it 2-1
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69: A good header from Beth England is saved by Rachel Laws, but the Chelsea attacker could have definitely done more to trouble the goalkeeper
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68: Reading Captain Natasha Harding is back for the Royals, and replaces goalscorer Fara Williams
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Around the grounds:

A big result in Manchester for Bristol City as they find a 1-0 win at Leigh Sports Village 
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64: OHHHH GURO REITEN WHAT A GOAL!

It's 2-1!

Sam Kerr has a horrendous miss from close range after Laws slips, but Norweigan international Guro Reiten hits it  sublimely on the volley from over 30 yards out and into the back of the net

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62: Substitution for Chelsea

A change now for the blues, with Erin Cuthbert replacing Sophie Ingle. A very attacking-minded substitution from Emma Hayes
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57: HOW HAS THAT NOT GONE IN

Andersson's cross curls towards the net, and is clawled away by Laws. I have lost count of how many deflections that took in the box between players trying to force it over the line. With replays, it seems that it may have just gone over at one point, but the referee did not give it.

 

Rachel Laws is now down after taking a big collision with the post to her head

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56: It's close again for Chelsea. They come close from Reiten's cross, and the deflected ball is hit by Drew Spence, and blocked out for a corner.
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55: Reiten has her initial effort from the left blocked, but even after wriggling out of being marked by two can not make anything out of the opportunity
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52: Chelsea have started this second half really well, and are dominated the play so far. It's hard to see a way that they won't end up with all three points here
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46: The match has resumed at Kingsmeadow
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Reading are back out on the pitch for the second half
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Half Time: Chelsea 1 - 1 Reading

A great first half at Kingsmeadow, with both sides playing excellent football, but it ends with the scores equal. Sam Kerr has looked good in her first game in England, although there may be some worry as to if there has been any damage done to her shoulder.

 

It would be nice to see the addition of Jamie-Lee Napier in the second half, as her play going forward could really make the difference for Chelsea.

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Despite dropping down to only having ten on the pitch, Reading have carried on strong against very good opposition. Their midfield play is excellent, and they have made a good number of chances for themselves, although only converted one.

 

Live coverage will be back in around fifteen minutes when the sides come back out for the second half.

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42: Chelsea have really grown into this game now as we approach half-time. Increased numbers have rewarded them with lots of chances, and it is a miracle that they have only scored one
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40: GOOOAL 1-1

Chelsea' front two combine to perfection, and after being fed through by Kerr, Bethany England rounds the keeper and slots home. The buildup was brilliant to that goal, a fluid passing move all the way from the other end of the pitch down the left-hand side
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36: Another brilliant save from Rachel Lawas to deny Sam Kerr at the near post
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32: A great move from Chelsea finds Bethany England on the right, who just can't get her shot on target. Ji has been down for a short while with a head injury but seems to now be fine
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31: Ji Comes Close!

After a good ball across the box from Sam Kerr, Ji So-Yun's effort falls just wide of the far post
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30: Sam Kerr is found in the box, but is adjudged to be offside
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29: Nothing can come for Chelsea from the resulting corner
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28: Ji So-Yun's half-volleyed effort is deflected behind for another corner
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26: Mjelde's corner is a good one towards the back post, but cannot be attacked by any Chelsea players
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Around the Grounds: HT Manchester United 0 - 1 Bristol City. 

It's half time at Leigh Sports Village, and Bristol have the lead thanks to the earlier Ebony Salmon strike

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24: Sam Kerr seems to still be in quite some pain from her previous injury to her right shoulder
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22: Both sides have started strongly, but Chelsea still seem to be yet to find their feet in the match. The red card could however change the match's dynamic, and Reading have lost a crucial player up front
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20: Ji So-Yun fires the resulting free-kick over the bar
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18: First Substitution

Rachel Laws comes on for Reading to replace Brooke Chaplen, due to Moloney's sending off
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18: Sam Kerr looks to have taken a bit of damage from that tackle. She's back up, but is clutching her shoulder
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MOLONEY SENT OFF

16: It's all happening here at Kingsmeadow. Straight from kickoff, Sam Kerr is fed through on the 18-yard-box, and Grace Moloney's sliding tackle results in a sending off for the Ireland international
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GOOOOAL Chelsea 0 - 1 Reading

15: What a goal for the Royals. A long period of good player in the Reading box results in Fara Williams hitting a brilliant left-footed half-volley from Brooke Chaplen's layoff
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13: Fara Williams' left-footed delivery is well cleared by the Chelsea defence and taken forward by Kerr
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First corner of the game

12: Reading's cross is deflected behind, resulting in them winning a corner
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10: Close! Sam Kerr is fed through from the right, but Grace Moloney's press closes the space and allows a Reading defender to slide in and take the ball
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10: Reading's discipline has shown so far in midfield, Chelsea have only had a handful of chances and have not been clinical enough going forward from those
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Around the grounds: Bristol City have made it 1-0 away to Manchester United, with ex-red Ebony Salmon opening the scoring
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5: Five now gone, Sam Kerr's chance the biggest moment of the game, but Reading have been dominant in midfield
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How has she missed that!

2: Sam Kerr is fed through one-on-one with the Reading keeper, but with barely 90 seconds on the clock fires over the bar from close range
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Kickoff!

1: The game is now underway, with Chelsea getting us started
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The teams are out!

Both sides are out now at Kingsmeadow!
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Less than 25 minutes left to go until kickoff, and all eyes are on Chelsea forward Sam Kerr to impress today
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Chelsea lineup announced. Sam Kerr starts!

Chelsea have announced their lineup for today's game, with just under an hour left until kickoff. Sam Kerr starts, with Jamie-Lee Napier on the bench
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Reading Lineup now out

Reading have announced their starting XI for today's game
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Game Day!

It's matchday at Kingsmeadow, and the team lineups will be available very shortly. It seems like Sam Kerr and Jamie-Lee Napier will make their first starts for Chelsea
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Chambers grateful of her team's mentality

“The girls had a game plan to put into place and over the last 3 games of the year they did that and that’s credit to them. It shows that when they do that, the performances they can put in and results they can get.

"We won on  penalties against Chelsea and took all 3 points against Tottenham, it’s a shame that the break came when it did, really, as we were just building momentum, but it was good for the girls. We’re going to come back stronger in 2020 and that begins with Chelsea on Sunday.”

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Emma Hayes' views

‘We know what Reading are about, Hayes said. ‘They  caused us problems in the Conti Cup game, but this is a new opportunity. We’ve got new players and we’ve had time to work on the training pitch.

‘We’re really looking forward to the game and for us we need to just concentrate on what we’re doing and to keep improving that. Our fans have been terrific so far this season and I hope the crowd become an important part of our performance on Sunday.

‘Both have adjusted really well since we came back,’ Hayes replied when asked about the additions of Kerr and Napier ‘They fit in seamlessly into the group dynamics and the squad have taken them in as their own.

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How to watch Chelsea Women vs Reading Women Live TV and Stream

If you want to watch the game on TV, your options are: BBC Red Button

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Reading Women: Predicted XI

Moloney; Pacheco, Potter, Howard, Leine; Eikeland, Allen, Moore, James; Williams, Chaplen
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Chelsea Women: Predicted XI

Berger; Mjelde, Bright Ericsson, Andersson; Spence, Ingle; Bachmann, England, Reiten; Kerr
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Reading Women: Team News

Kelly Chambers will have a full Reading side to select from on Sunday, with no injuries that are not long-term.

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Chelsea Women: Team News

Of course, Sam Kerr will be available to make her first appearance for Chelsea, however, Jamie Lee Napier could also feature for the blues, and could provide fresh legs in midfield since joining from Hibernian Ladies in December.
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Reading in fine form

Even though they may not be favourites for Sunday's game, Reading could provide tough opposition for Emma Hayes' side.

In their past eight games, they have only suffered a single loss (at the hands of leaders Arsenal) and actually defeated Chelsea on penalties in the Continental Cup.

Prior to the winter break, they dispatched a strong Tottenham side 3-1 at home, scoring in the 88th minute and then 10th minute of extra time to secure the win.

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Chelsea looking to kick on

Despite being third in the table, Chelsea have a game in hand and are only three points off of the top spot.

The league has already seemed to become a three-horse race for the title, and with the current form of Manchester City and Arsenal, it is crucial that as many games as possible can result in all three points if Emma Hayes' side are to lift the trophy at the end of the season.

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This game could prove to be a pivotal one for the season, with Sam Kerr eligible to make her first appearance for Chelsea
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Kickoff time

Chelsea vs Reading will be played at Kingsmeadow, in Kingston-upon-Thames, London. The kick-off is scheduled at 12:30 BST.
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Welcome

Welcome to VAVEL.com’s LIVE coverage of the 2019 Women's Super League match: Chelsea Women vs Reading! 

My name is Adam Millington and I’ll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.

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