Chelsea 3-1 BK Häcken: 3 takeaways as Cuthbert acts as catalyst to vital UWCL win

Led by No. 22 in the middle of the pitch, Chelsea Women clinched a crucial triumph to go top of Group D in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
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3. Johanna Rytting Kaneryd shows out in front of the fans that used to chant her name

From the social media posts by the club, the Swedish international Johanna Rytting Kaneryd looked over the moon to be back at one of the places she used to call home. That translated into her playing free on the pitch, causing issues on the left side of the Hacken defense. The growth we have seen since her first start in blue on October, 23 of last year at Brighton and Hove Albion is quite extraordinary. She looks much more loose, and sure of herself in the final third compared to what we all saw last season. It's not just one match we are going off of now, the sample size is growing by the match.

Nobody in the game on Wednesday night had more dribbles inside the opposition's penalty area than JRK. For the sixth time in her last nine matches across all competitions including with her national team, "JoJo" has contributed to a goal. No. 19's two successful dribbles was tied with Sjoeke Nusken for the third-most by a player during the match per FotMob.

In the 14', the Swede received a pass from Ashley Lawrence, starring down 20-year-old defender Elma Junttila Nelhage in front of her. The 26-year-old ran right at her, using a combination of speed and persistence to create an opportunity for Kerr to slot home the contest's opening goal. It was dazzling stuff from the winger as she became the conductor of the second goal Hacken has conceded inside the opening 15 minutes in its last six fixtures dating back to November 8.

2. Sam Kerr is always there when you need her in the biggest of matches

Like the saying goes, "Big-time players make big-time plays." That's the Australian Kerr, a big-time player. These are the matches were your stars are supposed to show out. With first-place on the line, Kerr very much played her part.

The 30-year-old striker probably wishes that winter break was not here quite yet. In the coldest of nights in Sweden, "SK20" continued her red-hot form in front of the net. In the last nine contests for the Chels, Kerr has been a factor in 10 goals, scoring five in the first four UWCL fixtures. With the help of some quality determination from Kaneryd, Kerr converted the first goal, using her movement to create space for a pass and finish just yards away from Jennifer Falk's goal.

No. 20 in blue completed 80 percent of her passes with only Niamh Charles standing in her way of the team lead in total chances throughout the 90 minutes. That finish in the first half puts her one goal off 100 for the west Londoners in her career. She's done it in essentially just four full seasons, joining the club at the conclusion of the 2019 calendar year. When you talk about efficiency in front of the net. That is the definition of it.