Chelsea’s Fran Kirby wins FWA Women’s Footballer of the Year
Kirby also won the inaugural award in 2018.
Chelsea came into the second leg of the semifinal down 2-1, but a commanding four-goal performance on Sunday helped the Blues overwhelm Bayern and secure their spot in the Champions League final.
Scoring opened up in the 10th minute with a well-executed build-up play by Chelsea. Fran Kirby split the Bayern defenders with a perfectly timed run, giving her space to find the back of the net and put her side up 1-0.
Bayern responded in the 29th minute with a stunning goal from outside the box by Sarah Zadrazil to equalize.
Just before the end of the first half, Ji So-yun put Chelsea back out in front with a goal off a Blue’s set piece.
Emma Hayes is the first female coach to reach the Women’s Champions League final in 12 years 👏— espnW (@espnW) May 2, 2021
It's also Chelsea’s first Women’s Champions League final appearance.
Look at what it meant to her ❤️ pic.twitter.com/oySthFZi4c
The next goal wouldn’t come until the 84th minute when Jess Carter’s free kick found the head of Pernille Harder, flicking the ball on frame.
Up 3-1, Chelsea’s job was far from over, as Bayern pressed well into the second half, keeping Chelsea on their toes.
It wasn’t until the 95th minute that Bayern’s fate was sealed. A Fran Kirby shot into an open goal put Chelsea up 4-1, securing their place in the final.
Chelsea will play Barcelona on May 16 in the club’s first-ever Champions League final.
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