It was an action-packed weekend for CommBank Matildas abroad as Emily van Egmond won the NWSL Shield, Sam Kerr and Amy Sayer scored, and Mary Fowler and Courtney Nevin bagged assists.
Catch up on all of the Matildas Abroad action below.
Sam Kerr was back to doing what she does best, scoring a header as Chelsea defeated Mackenzie Arnold’s West Ham 2-0 on Sunday morning AEDT. Kerr was back at her best as she started the game before being substituted in the 78th minute. Arnold started the game but was unable to do anything about a Chelsea side who are beginning to find their rhythm.
Leicester City continued their good start to the season, drawing 1-1 away from home with Manchester United. Courtney Nevin played the full match for the Foxes and it was her delivery from a free kick that resulted in Aileen Whelan’s second-half goal.
Mary Fowler played the full game and picked up two assists as Manchester City demolished Bristol City 5-0. All of the goals came in the first half. Dutch international Jill Roord and Jamaican international Khadija “Bunny” Shaw scored two goals apiece.
Arsenal scored two stoppage-time goals to dramatically defeat Aston Villa 2-1 in front of their home fans and pick up their first three points of the season. Goals to Katie McCabe and Alessia Russo in the 92nd and 94th minutes respectively sent the Emirates Stadium into raptures. Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord started the game for the Gunners, while Kyra Cooney-Cross was an unused substitute.
Tottenham Hotspur were too good for Brighton & Hove Albion as they walked away 3-1 victors. Goals to Martha Thomas, Grace Clinton and Ria Percival meant that Spurs were able to overhaul Brighton’s early goal. Charlie Rule was rewarded for her good form by starting and playing the full match for the Seagulls.
Finally, Clare Wheeler played close to the full game in midfield as Everton defeated local rivals Liverpool 1-0. A first-half goal to Megan Finnigan got the Blues over the line. Teagan Micah was an unused substitute for Liverpool.
BK Häcken got the job done against IF Brommapojkarna to stay top of the Damallsvenskan by one point. Their 4-0 win featured a brace from Aisha Masaka. Aivi Luik was an unused substitute for the Swedish side.
Vittsjö GIK were dealt a mighty blow to their European hopes as a second-half penalty to Anam Imo meant that they were defeated by Piteå IF 1-0. Clare Polkinghorne and Charlotte Grant played the full game while Katrina Gorry was unavailable.
Amy Sayer scored her first Damallsvenskan goal to seal victory for Kristianstads DFF over KIF Örebro DFF. The 2-0 win means that with three rounds to go they are in fifth, two points ahead of Vittsjö below them, but six points behind a third-place finish that would qualify them for European football.
PSG’s game against Reims was forced to be abandoned on the weekend just after half-time as fireworks found their way onto the pitch. Clare Hunt was not part of PSG’s matchday squad.
Ellie Carpenter played the first half as Lyon smashed Saint-Etienne 6-0 thanks to a hattrick for US international Lindsay Horan. It means that Lyon go top of the table, ahead of Paris FC who are also on four wins from four to start the season.
Hayley Raso started for Real Madrid and played 57 minutes as they defeated Granada 5-2. Granada pulled it back twice before two goals to Sandie Toletti, and a late goal to Signe Bruun pulled Madrid ahead.
The San Diego Wave have secured the NWSL shield after a dramatic final day of results saw them finish first on the regular season ladder. Goals to Jaedyn Shaw and Alex Morgan meant they defeated Racing Louisville 2-0, while a 5-1 defeat of Portland Thorns by Angel City opened the door for them to overtake the Thorns.
Wave picked up a historic first-ever piece of silverware for their trophy cabinet, making it back-to-back appearances in the NWSL playoffs in their two seasons.
Emily van Egmond started for San Diego and played the full game. Their attention will now turn to the NWSL playoffs.
Alex Chidiac was an unused substitute as Tigres UANL defeated Atlético San Luis 1-0 to keep their place on top of the table, with two games to go in the season.