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WSL title race live blog: Chelsea beat Manchester United 6-0 to cruise to fifth consecutive WSL title

TITLE CELEBRATIONS: WSL title celebrations begin as Chelsea players are in front of the away fans after winning 6-0 against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

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Emma Hayes (second from right) celebrates the title win with Chelsea players (Image source: Getty Images)

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Maren Mjelde applauds Chelsea fans in the away fans’ stand at Old Trafford (Image source: Getty Images)

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WSL trophy decorated with blue ribbons for Chelsea’s title triumph on display (Image source: Getty images)

FULL-TIME: Chelsea have won the WSL title for the fifth time in a row as Emma Hayes departs to take charge of the USWNT before the Paris Olympics. The Blues gave Manchester United the blues as they scored six past Mary Earps on their way to the league title.

Mayra Ramirez is the player of the match with two goals and two assists to her name – all in the first half. Manchester City only managed a 2-1 win against Aston Villa in Birmingham as Emma Hayes’ charges won the WSL title with a +7 goal difference.

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Emma Hayes and Guro Reiten celebrate Chelsea’s fifth straight title win (Image source: Getty Images)

90+4th Min: Millie Bright clears away the ball as Lucia Garcia tries to find United’s opener in the match.

89th Min: Aggie Beever-Jones runs down the left wing before squaring the ball across the goal mouth as a United defender clears it away.

88th Min: Manchester United’s Lucia Garcia brings down the ball perfectly inside Chelsea’s box before blazing her shot over the crossbar and into the crowd.

85th Min: GOAL – In her last game as a Chelsea player, Fran Kirby scores Chelsea’s sixth after a run from the left flank and a clever one-two with Sophie Ingle, before a neat finish into the far corner.

82nd Min: Aggie Beever-Jones is flagged offside even though she tries to remain in line with United’s last defender.

77th Min: SUBSTITUTIONS – Jayde Riviere and Rachel Williams OUT, Gemma Evans and Nikita Parris IN.

74th Min: At Villa Park, Manchester City lead 2-1 against Aston Villa as Lauren Hemp scores, but Chelsea are still on course for a fifth title triumph with a +6 goal difference.

72nd Min: SUBSTITUTIONS – Guro Reiten and Erin Cuthbert OFF, Ashley Lawrence and Fran Kirby ON.

65th Min: At Villa Park the score is 1-1 as Rachel Daly equalises for Aston Villa against Manchester City. Chelsea’s goal difference advantage, as it stands, is at a mammoth +7, and it looks like the WSL title race is effectively over.

64th Min: Kaneryd runs down the right flank before sending in a cross in United’s box that is cleared promptly.

63rd Min: Beever-Jones runs down the right flank and tries to square the ball on the edge of the United box – to no avail.

57th Min: SUBSTITUTIONS – Mayra Ramirez and Melanie Leupolz OFF, Aggie Beever-Jones and Sophie Ingle ON.

56th Min: The offside flag goes up for United’s Melvine Malard.

55th Min: Reiten’s free-kick hits the United wall as play resumes.

52nd Min: Manchester United’s Lucia Garcia helps Ramirez with a hamstring exercise after the latter goes down on the ground.

47th Min: GOAL – Melanie Leupolz scores Chelsea’s fifth from inside the box after Kaneryd and Reiten can’t tap the ball in from close range.

46th Min: SUBSTITUTION – Manchester United’s Hannah Blundell goes off and on comes Aoife Mannion.

HALF-TIME: The first half was all about the Chelsea blitzkrieg at Old Trafford as Emma Hayes’ side ran riot with four goals to all but ensure that the WSL title comes to London yet again.

Chelsea forward Mayra Ramirez was the player of the half with two goals and as many assists for the Blues.

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Mayra Ramirez challenges Manchester United players for the ball (Image source: Getty Images)

45 + 1st Min: GOAL – Ramirez scores her second and Chelsea’s fourth after running past two United defenders inside the box before finishing into the far corner.

44th Min: GOAL – Nusken taps in Chelsea’s third from inside the six-yard box after a brilliant winding run and pass from Ramirez from the right wing against United’s Millie Turner.

42nd Min: Chelsea’s Ramirez goes down in United’s box but the referee lets play go on at Old Trafford.

41st Min: SUBSTITUTION – Catarina Macario comes off as Sjoeke Nusken comes on for Hayes’ side.

40th Min: Catarina Macario is taken to the sidelines due to an apparent injury concern as play resumes on the field.

35th Min: Chelsea players putting the pressure on the Red Devils in their own half as they try to find their third goal before the first half ends.

26th Min: At Villa Park, Manchester City lead Aston Villa 1-0 after Mary Fowler’s goal for the Citizens. But the title is still headed to London on goal difference.

24th Min: The following free-kick is defended by Manchester United’s Lucia Garcia.

23rd Min: Chelsea’s Melanie Leupolz hits the floor while contesting a header and the referee blows the whistle for a free-kick in United’s half.

19th Min: Maya Le Tissier’s header glances off the crossbar following a Katie Zelem corner-kick for Manchester United.

15th Min: Chelsea’s progress in United’s half is stopped by the offside flag being raised for Mayra Ramirez.

14th Min: Manchester United players have been pinned inside their own half by Chelsea.

10th Min: Kaneryd tries to square the ball inside the box for Reiten whose attempt is blocked by one of the United defenders.

8th Min: GOAL – Johanna Kaneryd scores for Chelsea to double their lead after Mary Earps’ goal-kick routine doesn’t turn out as planned.

2nd Min: GOAL – Mayra Ramirez heads in the ball for Chelsea from a Guro Reiten cross from the left wing. As it stands, Chelsea are winning the WSL.

KICK-OFF: Chelsea’s final game of the season begins at Old Trafford as Emma Hayes’ charges bid to win the WSL title.

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The Women’s Super League title on display (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

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  • Chaitanya Kohli

    Sports journalist with a keen interest in covering stories about European club football and the history of the beautiful game. Passionate Barcelona and Messi supporter. Perennially interested in bringing out inspiring stories about Indian football on the global stage.