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Summary

  1. WSL 1 title race goes to final weekend
  2. Chelsea two points clear ahead of final day
  3. Chelsea's Ji So-Yun scores twice
  4. Kirby and Aluko also net for the visitors
  5. Man City title hopes still alive, Arsenal's are over
  6. Bristol relegated, Doncaster and Reading promoted

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By Tom Garry

All times stated are UK

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One more game to go

FT: LIverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Gemma Davison (centre) celebrates a goal
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So, what a final day we have in prospect, next Sunday 4 October, in Women's Super League One.

Chelsea know that a win at home to Sunderland will ensure their first ever league title, and they might not need that, depending on Manchester City's result at home to Notts County.

Today was the day that Bristol Academy were relegated to WSL 2, while Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading were promoted to WSL 1.

Tonight was the night Chelsea guaranteed at least Champions League football, and Arsenal Ladies were mathematically ruled out of contention for the title.

See you next week for what promises to be a thrilling finale. Good night.

FT: Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

It was a superb win for Emma Hayes's side tonight but has it come at a cost for the Blues?

Eniola Aluko
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  Eniola Aluko limped off with a nasty-looking knock, so it remains to be seen whether Chelsea will have the benefit of her pace and energetic runs down the wing next weekend.  

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FT: Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Liverpool boss Matt Beard tells BT Sport:

"Chelsea are a top side. In the first half, I felt we did well.

"If you're going to give the ball away in poor areas of the pitch then, ultimately, you're going to get beaten.

"I can't fault the effort of the players.

"I think the FA Cup was a big thing, psychologically for Chelsea. I think that will give them the strength to go and win next weekend."

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Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes tells BT Sport:

"We've made the Champions League so it is a massive victory for us.

"To be honest, they frustrated the life out of me, but they won the game 4-0. They were clinical.

"(Ji) is becoming even more settled (in the UK). Today she showed her quality.

"For me, she was a star performer today. She was absolutely outstanding.

"Fran (Kirby) is a wonderful character. I knew a goal was due for her. She has settled in really well, gets on well with all the girls. Tonight it was a good finish from her.

"We want to lead from the front and I think we deserve to be where we are at this current stage."

Gemma Davison (left) celebrates Ji So-Yun's goal
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FT: Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Chelsea striker Fran Kirby, who netted their second goal tonight, tells BT Sport:

"They had a good spell in the first half but we scored goals at really important times.

"We knew we had to come here and get a result. 2-0 for me is a really scary scoreline, so I'm glad we got the other goals.

"Fingers crossed we lift it (the league trophy) next week."

FT: Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

So, Chelsea stay in the driver's seat for what would be a first league title in their history. If they play like that again next week, surely they will finish the job?

Liverpool had their moments tonight, at 0-0, but Chelsea punished them with a clinical display of finishing.

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Chelsea celebrate
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The final whistle goes. Chelsea have secured at least a top-two finish, meaning Champions League football for the winter of 2016-17.

But more significantly, they have kept the destiny of the league title in their own hands.

Yellow Card

Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Ana Borges goes into the referees book for a late challenge on Libby Stout, which caused that injury.

Thankfully Stout appears to be OK.

Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Liverpool keeper Libby Stout is receiving treatment on the pitch. She looks in pain.

Libby Stout
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Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Two minutes of added time have been indicated. Chelsea are heading back to the top of the league, ahead of the final weekend.

Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Liverpool keeper Libby Stout does well to come and claim that corner, and it remains a four-goal cushion for the visitors.

Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Tonight's attendance is confirmed as 1, 013 at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes. We are into the closing stages and Chelsea look very comfortable. They win a corner on their left flank.

Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Asisat Oshoala has a go from range, but that is way off target. Liverpool are running out of ideas. They've been resoundingly beaten tonight.

Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Chelsea are cruising to victory now then, and just how significant could this scoreline be in terms of their goal-difference?

A draw in their final game might now see them win the league, unless Man City thrash Notts County by several goals in their final game. 

For example, a narrow 1-0 win for City, coupled with a Chelsea draw on the final day, would now not be good enough for City to overtake the Londoners in the title race.

GOAL (Ji)

Liverpool 0-4 Chelsea

Ji So-Yun has her second of the evening and Chelsea's fourth.

Gemma Davison bursts down the left and gets to the byline. She cuts it back perfectly for Ji, who tucks into the roof of the net, left-footed, with a first-time finish.

Simple goal.

Ji So-Yun (right)
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SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Liverpool bring on Nigerian winger Asisat Oshoala for Line Smorsgard. The Reds will be pleased to welcome back Oshoala after injury.

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Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Chelsea make their third and final change of the night. Drew Spence is replaced by Laura Coombs in midfield, which is something of a straight swap, tactically.

Substitution

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Eniola Aluko
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Worrying news for Chelsea as Eniola Aluko limps off with help from two physios.

She is replaced by Ana Borges.

The television microphones quite audibly pick up Aluko saying "stupid pitch" as she exchanges words with Borges.

This match is being played on an artificial surface, I should point out. Make of that what you will.

LIverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Jo Currie, BBC Sport at the Select Security Stadium:

"Liverpool are getting worn down by Chelsea's constant attacks. They're still pushing for a goal of their own, but Emma Hayes' side are looking the more dangerous of the two."

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Liverpool have to keep banging on the door and hopefully get themselves a goal. Then who knows, if they can get another one quickly, Chelsea might be on the back foot.

Kate LonghurstLiverpool forward on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Gemma Davison tries her luck from the corner of the box for Chelsea but her shot goes wide of the far post. Chelsea want a fourth here.

CLOSE!

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Rosie White shoots just wide of the post for Liverpool, when she looked to have beaten Hedvig Lindahl.

At the other end, Chelsea break with pace again but Fran Kirby's shot is well held by Libby Stout.

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Drew Spence hits an ambitious shot from outside the area at the end of a fine passing move from Chelsea. Her effort flies wide but that perhaps shows how confident the Blues are at the moment.

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Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Ashley Hodson replaces Lucy Staniforth for Liverpool. Can that change the game for them? The hosts needs something to give them hope soon, if they have any chance.

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Line Smorsgard
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Line Smorsgard has a glorious chance for Liverpool to pull one back, but when one-on-one with Hedvig Lindahl she blazes over the bar. That's a shame for the Reds, who did well to get in behind the Chelsea defence.

Chelsea have been clinical in those situations tonight - Liverpool haven't been.

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Is there any way back for Liverpool now?

The third goal looks to be the killer one for the visitors.

Chelsea look comfortable, and they have responded brilliantly to the gauntlet thrown down by Manchester City.

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Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Millie Bright replaces Chelsea captain Katie Chapman in defensive midfield.

GOAL (Aluko)

Liverpool 0-3 Chelsea

Clinical.

Chelsea punish Liverpool for a sloppy defensive mistake.

Satara Murray stumbles and the ball runs for Eniola Aluko. She races onto the loose ball and calmly slots into the bottom corner to give Chelsea a big, big cushion in this game.

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

Liverpool win a corner but Chelsea clear the set piece easily and we await the first real chance of this half.

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

It is worth reiterating that, if things stay like this, Chelsea will take a two-point lead at the top of the table into the final day of the season, next Sunday.

Third-placed Arsenal would be mathematically ruled out of the title race, too.

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

Much like the start of the first half, things have started slowly after the break, but Chelsea have the first meaningful shot of this half, although Drew Spence's effort is easily held by Libby Stout.

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Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

The hosts have made a change at the break, with Mayumi Pacheco replacing Ingrid Ryland.

KICK-OFF

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

Back in Widnes, Chelsea get the second half under way.

Elsewhere in the Women's Super League

HT: Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

Congratulations are in order for Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading, who both secured promotion to the top flight today.

Doncaster came from behind to win 2-1 at London Bees thanks to two goals from Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk
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  Reading won 3-1 away at Watford in the day's early kick-off before their promotion was sealed when third-placed Yeovil failed to beat Oxford.  

Elsewhere today in the Women's Super League

HT: Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

Birmingham have moved level on points with Liverpool with a 1-0 win at Notts County.

Kerys Harrop scored with a late header to ensure David Parker's side the victory.

With Bristol Academy relegated after losing 6-1 at Manchester City earlier today, Birmingham were already safe.

HT: Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

BBC Sport's Jo Currie at the Select Security Stadium: "This the most attacking football that Liverpool have played in some weeks and they really should have gone ahead before Chelsea took the lead. Emma Hayes' side have been clinical when it mattered however and that's why they lead 2-0."

HALF-TIME

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

So far, so good then, for Chelsea Ladies. After a slow start, they found their groove and have a two-goal lead thanks to good finishes from Ji So-Yun and then Fran Kirby. 

As things stand, the title race remains in their hands.

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea overlap down their left and Claire Rafferty tries her luck from a tight angle but her shot hits the side of the goal.

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

We are about to see three added minutes at the end of the first half. Chelsea are into their stride now.

Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea

As has been the case so many times this season, Chelsea are punishing their opponents with their sheer pace.

Can Liverpool respond before half-time?