Matildas Abroad: Kerr scores 50th goal for Chelsea; Rosengård through to the Swedish Cup semi-finals
Sam Kerr scored her 50th goal for Chelsea overnight, scoring a stoppage-time winner against Aston Villa to seal a 1-0 win. While FC Rosengård is through to the Swedish Cup semi-finals.
A number of Aussies were in action across Europe, we wrap up a jam-packed weekend of Matildas Abroad action.
Starting in Tottenham, Kyah Simon, Hayley Raso and Alanna Kennedy made their start for their respective sides, with the latter playing against her former side Spurs.
Spurs had a less than ideal start, losing Simon just 35 minutes in with a dislocated finger. This injury came just a week after the forward received stitches to her head after a collision against Reading FC.
The two sides couldn't be split going into the break, however, in typical fashion up stepped Scottish international Caroline Weir to find the winner, scoring in her third consecutive game.
Sam Kerr's Chelsea played their second game of the week when they hosted Emily Gielnik's Aston Villa. Coming off a 4-1 midweek win over West Ham, the Blues were hoping to close the gap on ladder leaders Arsenal.
Gielnik and Kerr both made the start for their sides but were unable to find the back of the net in the first half.
Despite their drastically different spots on the table, Chelsea in second and Villa in tenth, the two sides went into the break at 0-0.
Kerr had the ball in the back of the net in the 81st minute, however, was ruled offside. Kerr wouldn't have to wait long to find the winner, scoring in the 92nd minute to keep Chelsea's title hopes alive. An unlikely assist from goalkeeper Zećira Mušović found Kerr behind the defence to seal the 1-0 win.
This goal marks a monumental milestone for Kerr, scoring her 50th goal for Chelsea across all competitions.
In Birmingham, last-placed Birmingham City hosted West Ham United. Olli Harder opted for Arnold and Yallop on the bench, with The Hammers having a tough schedule coming up, playing four matches in ten days across all competitions in England.
Adriana Leon scored the lone goal of the game before the break, marking her return from injury with a crucial goal to seal three points for West Ham.
Yallop came off the bench to help see out the win and clinch three points.
The last game of the week in England saw Brighton host ladder leaders Arsenal. Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord made the start for the Gunners, while Lydia Williams was on the bench.
Arsenal showed why they are a force to be reckoned with in the WSL, finding the back of the net three times in the space of 14 minutes. A goal to Beth Mead and a brace to newly signed striker Stina Blackstenius, which Foord had the assist on one goal, gave the Gunners a three-goal advantage at the break.
The Seagulls were unable to claw a goal back as Arsenal went on to win, increasing their lead at the top of the table to five points.
Moving over to France, Mary Fowler's Montpellier took on defending Division 1 Féminine champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Fowler made the start for her side, with Montpellier almost opening the scoring just 8 minutes in when Lena Petermann forced Barbora Votíková into a save at her near post.
A flurry of chances from both sides but the deadlock could not be broken, with Montpellier holding on for a 0-0 draw.
Lyon dropped their first points of the D1 season after a 1-1 with last-placed Saint-Étienne.
Ellie Carpenter made the start in the derby, setting up chances for Melvine Malard and Ada Hegerberg in the first half but neither could finish from close range.
The side in the relegation spot would open the scoring against the French powerhouses in the 73rd minute, Manon Uffren capitalised on a poor clearance by the defence and was able to net the opener.
Malard equalised not long after, flicking the ball home from close range to seal the 1-1 draw.
With both first and second place on the ladder facing draws this week, Lyon sits three points clear of PSG.
Moving over to Sweden, Teagan Micah and Charli Grant both started as FC Rosengård continued the Svenska Cupen group stage.
Micah kept a clean sheet against Linköping to send Rosengård into the semi-finals where they will face Eskilstuna United.
Our last stop takes us to Denmark with Fortuna Hjørring beginning their semi-finals run in the Danish Women's Cup against AGF.
Angie Beard, Clare Wheeler and Jenna McCormick all made the start in the first leg of the semi-finals.
Fortuna was on the front foot early after AGF defender Asla Johannesen turned in an own goal.
Wheeler provided the assist on the next goal, finding Maria Ficzay to give Hjørring a 2-0 lead just 10 minutes in.
Goals to Sofie Bloch and Maria Agerholm Olsen tied the game up at 2-2. Indi-Paige Riley came off the bench for Fortuna in the 57th minute, replacing the goal scorer Ficzay.
The two sides will now face off on Sunday morning in the second leg to see which team will advance to the final.