Fran Kirby, Sophie Ingle, Katerina Svitkova and Maren Mjelde goals give Chelsea 4-0 victory at Vllaznia to seal top spot in Group A of Women’s Champions League; Kirby strike proves controversial after quickly taken free-kick
Maren Mjelde was one of four Chelsea scorers in Albania
Chelsea cantered into the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals with early Fran Kirby and Sophie Ingle goals helping them to a comfortable 4-0 win at Vllaznia.
Ingle fired home the first in the 12th minute when she powered a loose ball home from the edge of the area for her second goal of the season – with both coming in the Champions League.
Kirby’s strike eight minutes later would prove far more controversial, with the forward latching onto a quickly taken free-kick and firing past Kaylin Williams-Mosier, leaving the red-faced home defence to remonstrate with referee Karoline Wacker.
The hosts failed to mount any sort of response, with late goals from Katerina Svitkova and Maren Mjelde instead piling on further misery and ending their already threadbare hopes of qualifying for the next round.
Chelsea’s victory means that they will progress to the quarter-finals as group winners – setting them up for a knock-out tie against one of the four group runners-up.