Sam Kerr has scored twice in the space of three minutes as Chelsea produced a first-half blitz en route to thrashing Servette 7-0 in the Women’s Champions League.
The Matildas superstar netted in the 18th and 20th minutes and provided two assists as the visiting Blues piled on the goals in Geneva.
After the 1-0 Women’s Super League win at Aston Villa on Saturday, boss Emma Hayes had said in the build-up to this contest that she wanted Chelsea to be “more relentless after the first goal”.
She subsequently saw her team, last season’s Champions League runners-up, deliver in emphatic fashion, with Melanie Leupolz’s eighth-minute strike to open the scoring being added to five times in the first half.
Three of those came in a flurry between the 16th and 20th minutes, starting with Fran Kirby firing past Ines Pereira having been teed up by Kerr
Two minutes later Kerr got on the scoresheet herself with a close-range finish from Leupolz’s cut-back, and the Australian then swiftly netted again for 4-0, prodding the ball home after a lofted ball from Kirby.
There was only brief respite for Servette – Champions League debutants last season and beaten 3-0 by Juventus and 5-0 by Wolfsburg in their opening two games of this campaign – before the visitors scored another, with Kirby dinking in number five in the 26th minute.
Jessie Fleming then struck past Pereira from a tight angle to make it 6-0 with seven minutes of normal time to go before the break.
Five minutes into the second half the advantage was extended further as Kerr sent the ball across the box, Kirby left it and Guro Reiten side-footed in.
Chelsea top Group A with seven points from three games, with their next outing in Europe the return match against Servette at Kingsmeadow a week on Thursday.