The celebratory backflip is back, just like the real Sam Kerr after a finish in the women’s Champions League that put her alongside the great Marco van Basten.
Teammates of the deadly Aussie striker never doubted she would dabble in scoring straight away after a rare lean period and, in fact, Kerr ended her 1 in 10 drought for the club and country by blowing up four. goals in one hour in Chelsea’s 8th -. 0 beaten by Vllaznia on Wednesday.
His quadruple was the first ever scored by a woman in the group stage of the CL, 30 years after Dutch master van Basten first achieved the same feat when the men’s Champions Cup was reshuffled into its format. of champion.
And of course it meant so much to Matilda’s captain, 29, that she even enjoyed uncorking a rare release for her signature back flip that she used to score her extraordinary scoring exploits around the world.
“It wasn’t in my thoughts, but at half-time (teammate) Millie [Bright] said, “If you mark the hat, can you please do it?” Kerr smiled, savoring the moment at Kingsmeadow’s Chelsea home.
“I haven’t done a backflip here in a long time and it was my first in the Champions League.
Scoring my first hat-trick in the Champions League is a night I will always remember.
It could also be the signal for Kerr to really take a step forward after scoring just once in five women’s Super League appearances this season – a false start for the woman who won the Golden Boot as the league’s top scorer in recent years. two seasons.
Chelsea CEO Paul Green, who is in charge alongside Denise Reddy as Emma Hayes recovers from surgery, called her “a born marker.”
“We weren’t worried about that at all,” Green said of his lean period.
“Scoring four points will give her confidence and hopefully she can be back on the scoresheet this weekend.”
Aston Villa will certainly be in Kerr’s sights at Kingsmeadow on Sunday.
“Three games are a lot for me [not to score]! It was nice. I get paid to score goals, but I also think I bring a lot when I don’t score too much, ”Kerr said.
“It’s about being patient and getting into my rhythm and I did.
“I hope I can do the same against Villa”.