Arsenal v Chelsea Wembley clash could feature Matildas Sam Kerr, Caitlin Foord, Steph Catley and Lydia Williams
“I thought our mentality was great today: our pressing, our counterpress, our raises, the way we created chances was so effective,” said Emma Hayes, Chelsea manager.
“We didn’t let the game turn into something it didn’t need to be. We gave unnecessary goals so it was good to keep a clean sheet. “
The final will be played at 1 a.m. AEDT on Monday, December 6 at Wembley.
In the Premier League, West Ham United’s Declan Rice scored a fine goal from a distance as endemic Londoners passed Aston Villa 4-1 at Villa Park to put pressure on home manager Dean Smith.
The result was West Ham’s third consecutive league win as it was the fourth straight loss for Villa, who are now just three points above the relegation zone.
West Ham hit the front in the seventh minute as full-back Ben Johnson cut inside the right and unleashed a brilliant left-footed shot into the far corner.
Jarrod Bowen nearly doubled the lead minutes later with a quick counterattack before Villa equalized in the 34th thanks to Ollie Watkins, who finished with aplomb after a reverse pass from Matty Cash.
West Ham, however, kept up the pressure and were rewarded when Rice restored her lead before half-time. Pablo Fornals and Bowen scored in the 80th and 84th minutes, respectively.
“Getting four goals, the resilience we showed at different points in the game and saving Lukasz at 2-1. It’s a good sign that we can come here and be a little bit disappointed with the way we’ve played and get a result, ”said West Ham manager David Moyes.
“It’s been a great week. But you know what’s going on in football. It can backfire and bite you… I don’t want West Ham to become that fickle, fickle team that a lot of people remember.
In Sunday’s other game, a frenzied four-minute spell saw three goals in the Leeds v Norwich game. A 2-1 win for Leeds took them three points away from the relegation zone while the Canaries remain anchored at the bottom of the table and winless after 10 games.
Brazilian Raphinha opened the scoring after 56 minutes at Carrow Road, but Andrew Omobamidele took just two minutes to equalize. Raphinha’s compatriot Rodrigo, however, took the same time to restore Leeds’ advantage and secure all three points for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
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