Chelsea laid down a marker to their Women’s Champions League rivals on Tuesday as a destructive first-half performance set up a 7-0 thumping of Servette in Switzerland.

Paris Saint-Germain also eased to a comfortable 4-0 win at home to Real Madrid but the power of Chelsea’s performance will send shivers down the spines of their rivals.

Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby both scored twice as last season’s runners-up raced into a six-goal half-time lead. Melanie Leupolz and Canada international Jessie Fleming both also netted in the opening period before Guro Reiten completed the rout less than five minutes after the break.

“I think in the first half we were unbelievable,” England striker Kirby told

“We set the tone from the beginning. We were really happy to come away with seven goals and three points. Everyone played an amazing game.”

This was the biggest winning margin in the inaugural Champions League group stage, although someway short of the all-time record – Apollon’s 21-0 victory over Ada Velipoje in 2012.

Chelsea suffered a first-half nightmare of their own when losing 4-0 to Barcelona in the 2020-21 final in May.

The English champions top Group A, two points ahead of Wolfsburg with whom they shared a 3-3 draw last month.

The Germans thought they had secured all…

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