Matildas Abroad Review: Kerr & Raso score, Micah makes WSL debut & Cooney-Cross picks up two assists

Sam Kerr and Hayley Raso were on the scoresheet as the CommBank Matildas played their final club games before heading to Canada for the international break.

Read our review of all of the Matildas Abroad action below.

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Sam Kerr was on the scoresheet again as Chelsea cemented their place on top of the WSL ladder with a 5-2 defeat of Leicester City. Kerr made it 3-1 with her first-half strike, while goals to Lauren James and Aggie Beever-Jones sealed it for the league leaders against a Leicester side that was better than the scoreline suggested.

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr celebrates scoring their side s third goal of the game during the Barclays Women s Super League match at Kingsmeadow, London.
Chelsea’s Sam Kerr celebrates scoring their side's third goal of the game during the Barclays Women's Super League match at Kingsmeadow, London. (Photo: IMAGO / PA Images)

Courtney Nevin started the game for the Foxes, conceding an own goal in the fifth minute. Teammate Remy Siemsen came off the bench to play her first league minutes off the season after an ankle injury that sidelined her for the first several weeks.

Teagan Micah’s first league start of the season was the good luck charm for Liverpool, as they defeated Brighton & Hove Albion 4-0. She made several crucial saves as goals to Gemma Bonner, Shanice van de Sanden, Ceri Holland and Sophie Roman Haug gave the Reds the win. Charlie Rule played the full match for Brighton in midfield.

Arsenal continued their good form as three first-half goals secured a 3-0 victory over West Ham. Kyra Cooney-Cross played the full match for the Gunners and continued to impress, picking up two assists from midfield. Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord also played 90 minutes.

Mackenzie Arnold was ruled out of the game for West Ham after picking up an injury in training on Saturday and has been withdrawn from the CommBank Matildas squad that will travel to Canada as a result.

Clare Wheeler’s Everton secured a vital win over Aston Villa, a late penalty to Nathalie Björn giving them a 2-1 victory. It puts them four points clear of Bristol City and West Ham, who are both on four points after eight games. Wheeler played the full game in midfield for the Blues.

Manchester City finished the round by sending a clear message to title rivals, thrashing Tottenham Hotspur 7-0. A hattrick to Khadija Shaw was the highlight for City. Alanna Kennedy played the full match at centre-back for City, while Mary Fowler came off the bench in the second half.


Clare Hunt played another full match as PSG defeated Montpellier 4-1. A penalty to Faustine Robert to make it 1-1 in the first half gave Montpellier hope but goals to Grace Geyoro, Amalie Vangagaard and Tabitha Chawinga put PSG back on the winner’s list.

Meanwhile, despite Guingamp converting their one and only shot into a goal, Lyon unsurprisingly walked away 5-1 victors this morning. Ada Hegerberg scored a brace in the second half to seal the result after Lindsay Horan and Danielle van de Donk contributed in the first. Ellie Carpenter started the game at right back and played the full match.


Hayley Raso scored her second goal of the Liga F season as Real Madrid defeated Sporting Huelva 5-2. Madrid led 3-0 at half-time, with Raso scoring the third, before a brace to Caroline Møller sealed the result after the break. Raso started the match before being substituted in the 80th minute.


Alex Chidiac’s Tigres UANL made a statement in the first leg of the Liga MX Apertura final, defeating Club América 3-0. It means that if they can avoid defeat by three or more in the second leg – which will be on Tuesday, 1pm AEDT – they will lift the Apertura trophy. Chidiac was an unused substitute.