Kerr and Foord bag braces; Lyon continue their unbeaten streak

Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord found the back of the net twice to help their sides to the Women's FA Cup quarter-finals; while Lyon extended their unbeaten streak to 15 games. 

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All sides featuring our Matildas Abroad advanced to the Women's FA Cup quarter-finals after fifth-round wins. While in France, Montpellier and Lyon picked up wins. 

Defending champions Chelsea took on Leicester City in their fifth-round battle, with Sam Kerr starting up top for Emma Hayes' Blues side. 

Leicester's day out at Kingsmeadow started a way they'd sooner rather forget with Sophie Howard shown a straight red card after a late challenge on Chelsea's Sophie Ingle. 

Pernille Harder capitalised on the player advantage opening the scoring at the 24-minute mark, before adding her second of the day 12 minutes later from a Sam Kerr assist. 

Sam Kerr found the back of the net herself at the hour mark, Harder this time delivering the assist for Kerr to finish from close range. 

Goals to Ji So-Yun and Aniek Nouwen made it 5-0 before Kerr added her second of the afternoon to make it six to the good.

Beth England entered the fold and immediately made an impact, Kerr found England in a flurry of Leicester players to make it 7-0. 

The titleholders became the first team to make the final eight in the 2021-22 Women's FA Cup. 

Over in Liverpool, all three of Arsenal's Aussies made the start, with Jonas Eidevall opting for Lydia Williams in goals, Steph Catley in the back and Caitlin Foord leading the line. 

Arsenal took the lead with their first chance on goal, new signing Raffaelle playing a perfectly weighted pass to find Foord to open the scoring. 

Katie McCabe doubled the visitors' advantage with an audacious volley from outside the box. Two minutes later Foord found her second of the game, firing a half volley past Rachael Laws.

Skipper Kim Little rounded out the scoring in the 62nd minute to send Arsenal into the Women's FA Cup quarter-finals with a 4-0 win over Liverpool. 

In Manchester, Alanna Kennedy started in the heart of the defence for City who was looking to repeat their 1-0 win over Manchester United before the international break to seal a spot in the final eight. 

United found the back of the net first, with Katie Zelem scoring directly from a corner kick to give United a 1-0 lead going into the break. 

Manchester City players enter a huddle before the second half during the Vitality Women's FA Cup Fifth Round match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Leigh Sports Village on February 27, 2022 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images)
Manchester City players enter a huddle before the second half during the Vitality Women's FA Cup Fifth Round match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Leigh Sports Village on February 27, 2022, in Leigh, England. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hayley Raso came on for City and inspired a comeback from Gareth Taylor's side. Raso sent a cross into the box that found Lauren Hemp who scored the equaliser. 

Ellen White netted City's second, rounding United's keeper to finish her chance into an empty net. Caroline Weir then added her name to the scoresheet, haunting Mary Earps with her second goal against United in as many games. 

Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw finished the scoring to help City to a come-from-behind 4-1 victory over United to send them into the quarter-finals. 

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The final game of the fifth round saw Reading host West Ham United with Mackenzie Arnold and Tameka Yallop both starting for the Hammers. 

Reading squandered several chances early, with Gemma Evans coming closest to scoring when her header bounced off the post and was cleared by West Ham. 

The sides needed extra time to break the deadlock, with Dagny Brynjarsdottir finding the winner for West Ham. 

After a fifth-round defeat in last year's Women's FA Cup, the Hammers join Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in the final eight. 

Moving over to France, Mary Fowler started for Montpellier against eighth-placed Dijon. Fowler picked up the assist on Montpellier's opening goal, setting up Faustine Robert for the opener deeper into first-half stoppage time. 

German Lena Petermann doubled Montpellier's lead from the spot to seal the 2-0 victory. 

Over in Reims, Ellie Carpenter's Lyon secured their 15th consecutive win in the Division 1 Féminine with a 2-0 win over Stade Reims. 

Melvine Malard netted her 10th of the season to give Lyon the 1-0 lead before Wendie Renard doubled the advantage in the 93rd minute from a Selma Bacha corner.

Carpenter played out the entire 90 minutes at right-back, receiving the only caution of the game in the 33rd minute. 

Our final destination took us to Italy, where Aivi Luik and Ella Mastrantonio's Pomigliano C.F. were defeated by U.C. Sampdoria.

Former Inter Milan striker Stefania Tarenzi found the lone goal in the 32nd minute to seal the 1-0 win. 

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