Women’s FA Cup photo essay – road to Wembley, final: Chelsea v Manchester City | Women’s FA Cup

MAnchester City’s win over West Ham in the semi-finals meant they headed to Wembley for a fourth FA Cup final in the past six seasons. The game against Chelsea was a repeat of March’s League Cup final which City won 3-1. Whichever team triumphs, they would claim a double, after Chelsea lifted the Women’s Super League title last weekend. A victory for Emma Hayes’ side would also mean that after the 2020-21 treble, Chelsea would have lifted five of the six domestic trophies on offer over the past two seasons. The two sides have developed a strong rivalry in recent years, with Chelsea’s dominance only interrupted by City’s success in the cup competitions.

A Chelsea fan strokes a police horse along Wembley Way in the rain
Young Chelsea fans walk down Wembley Way.
Chelsea Scarves on Sale
Fans walk up Wembley Way.
Presenter Joelah Noble interviews Kimberly Wyatt who is a former Pussycat Doll and Vitality Ambassador Doll and is part of the halftime show.
Chelsea fans inside Wembley Stadium.
Manchester City fans inside Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea fans sing the national anthem
Manchester City players sing the national anthem
Manchester City's Georgia Stanway and Chelsea's Sophie Ingle in action.

After a blistering start from City, with Caroline Weir coming close a few times, Chelsea stabilized the ship and the game turned into a cautious game with both teams playing it safe, desperate not to concede the opening goal. Sam Kerr broke through the City defense in the 18th minute (below) when they ran in and finished with poise but their effort was called off for offside.

Chelsea's Sam Kerr scores but is ruled off for offside.
Millie Bright places a cross that Sam Kerr brings home to open the scoring.
Sam Kerr returns home to open the scoring.

Kerr found the net 15 minutes later when she headed in Millie Bright’s looping cross. This time the goal was held and Chelsea had the advantage.

Two Chelsea fans seated in the Manchester City section celebrate after Kerr scores his first goal.
Man City fans seem concerned after Chelsea scored their first goal.
Chelsea players celebrate with Millie Bright after her cross was headed in by Sam Kerr for the game's first goal.

Manchester City equalized just before half-time through a magnificent curling effort from Lauren Hemp, seen below passing Chelsea defender Millie Bright.

Manchester City's Lauren Hemp overtakes Chelsea's Millie Bright

Chelsea’s lead was restored shortly after the hour mark when Erin Cuthbert’s piledriver from outside the area flew past Manchester City goalkeeper Ellie Roeback, entering from under the bar.

Chelsea fans celebrate after Erin Cuthbert's superb strike put Chelsea ahead 2-1.
Manchester City's Lucy Bronze is causing problems for the Chelsea defence.

Manchester City intensified the pressure in the search for an equalizer and in the 89th minute Hayley Raso brought down a long ball, resisted Magdalena Eriksson’s challenge and pushed the ball home, sending raptures of joy through City fans during the game. went into overtime.

Manchester City fans celebrate when Hayley Raso scores an 89th-minute equalizer.
Lauren Hemp reacts during overtime

City maintained that momentum in the first half of extra time and went close on several occasions – but the pendulum swung again in the 99th minute. Alanna Kennedy of the city misjudged a bouncing ball just inside Chelsea’s half, buying Sam Kerr time and space to advance. Just inside the City area, the Aussie hits a shot that takes a big deflection over stretching Alex Greenwood, Roebuck off the wrong foot and putting Chelsea ahead for the third time.

Sam Kerr scores his second and Chelsea's third goal.
Sam Kerr scores his second and Chelsea's third goal.
Chelsea players congratulate Sam Kerr.
Manchester City's Hayley Raso battles with Chelsea's Jonna Andersson

City search in vain for another equalizer but time is against them and the final whistle sparks scenes of joy among Chelsea players and fans.

Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger celebrates her victory
Sydney Chelsea fans.
Fan of Chelsea and Fran Kirby.
Chelsea and Sam Kerr fans.
Chelsea celebrate with the Women's FA Cup trophy
Manchester City players look discouraged
Manchester City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck and her teammates are dejected after losing the FA Cup final.
Chelsea players celebrate with the trophy.

Chelsea players celebrate with their fans

The win over City was Chelsea’s fourth FA Cup triumph, all under Hayes and it takes her trophy with the club to 13. “It was so amazing for the women’s game today,” she said per the following. “I love playing Manchester City, it’s football at the highest level. Tactically both teams have their strengths. I thought we were really daring and for that reason that’s why we were part of the team. winning team.

Chelsea players celebrate their FA Cup victory.

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