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Chelsea W Beat Manchester United to Win a 4th Consecutive League Title
- Chelsea Women won their fourth league title in a row after beating Reading on the final day
- Chelsea saw off competition from Manchester United W who finished two points behind
- Arsenal W will join the top two teams in next season's Champions League
Chelsea Women successfully retained their Women's Super League title after beating Reading 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Heading into the final day, Chelsea W needed a win to win a fourth consecutive title ahead of Manchester United W, who were facing Liverpool W at the same time.
It was a game that had serious ramifications at both ends of the table, with Reading requiring maximum points to retain their top-flight status. Emma Hayes' side, however, quickly settled in at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
Sam Kerr's masterclass
Recently crowned Football Writers Association Player of the Year, Sam Kerr uncharacteristically missed an open chance to put Chelsea ahead but atoned for her mistake by heading in Guroo Reiten's cross in the 18th minute.
Reiten then got into the scoresheet herself as she capitalised on poor defending from Reading to slither the ball past Grace Moloney.
Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger gave her side a scare late in the game after she failed to hold on to the bill under immense pressure. The German quickly recovered to maintain her side's lead. Kerr added a late goal to ensure the trophy remained in West London.
In the Manchester United game, Lucia Garcia scored for the second successive game, but her goal wasn't enough to win the title, given Chelsea's win.
The Chelsea game also marked the last appearances for Magdalena Eriksson and Pernille Harder, who are set to leave for Bayern Munich on free transfers.
Hayes has won a domestic double for the second season in a row after missing out on the Conti Cup to Arsenal. They beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
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The Blues, however, remain in the hunt for their first Champions League title after falling short once again this season. They were eliminated by Barcelona in the semifinal stage. Barcelona will play Wolfsburg on June 3 in the final.
Lauren James destroys opponents
Sports Brief previously reported that a video of Chelsea's women's football team striker, Lauren James, destroying defenders has left fans stunned.
The 21-year-old is the sister of Blues defender and England international Reece James.
But unlike her brother, who plays in defence, Lauren plays as a striker in the Women's Super League.