Bethany England’s 92nd minute winner was enough for Emma Hayes’s side to win their first ever Continental Cup title.

The Blues took the lead in the 8th minute through England who finished well from a Mjelde header across the box.

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Arsenal came out the stronger in the second half and got their deserved equaliser in the 84th minute after Leah Williamson prodded home from a corner which the Blues failed to clear.

But the Blues pushed hard in the last few minutes, and the combination of Mjelde and England paid off again and won Emma Hayes’s side their first ever Continental Cup title.

Here are the Chelsea player ratings from the final:

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Ann-Katrin Berger- Made a fantastic reaction save in the 11th minute from Quinn to keep Chelsea in front. Also denied Nobbs in the 13th minute.

Really was a crucial factor in why Chelsea were still 1-0 up at half-time.

Looked like the 29-year-old unfortunately picked up an injury in the second half, but she was able to soldier on in the end which was good news for the Blues.

But the best save of the game came from Miedema’s shot from point blank range in the 82nd minute which somehow she heroically saved.

But she couldn’t keep her deserved clean sheet in the end as Williamson scored from the resulting corner that came from the Miedema chance.

Unbelievably all her hard work nearly came undone shortly after as she misjudged the a cross but luckily for her- a player was there to hack it clear before any Arsenal player could prod the ball home.

It was a tough decision between Berger and England for player of the match, but without Berger- Chelsea would have lost. 10.

Jonna Andersson- Provided the lovely cross from the left hand side to the back post which eventually was finished by Chelsea’s number nine.

Did struggle defensively at times, especially with the Gunners creating multiple chances which all mostly came from the left side of the pitch. 7.

Millie Bright- Struggled with balls coming into the box in the early periods of the match.

Best moment of the first half for Chelsea’s number four came right  before half-time as she denied the dangerous Vivianne Miedema from going through one-on-one on goal with a brilliant interception.

Was the better centre-back out of the pair on the day.  8.

Magdalena Eriksson- Same story as Millie Bright for the first part of the game- struggling to deal with the high balls being delivered into the Chelsea box.

Unfortunately she was the player at fault for the Arsenal equaliser as the ball ricocheted off her and fell to Williamson who finished well.

Was slightly overshadowed by the performance of Millie Bright. 7.

Maren Mjelde- Big involvement in Chelsea’s first goal after she brilliantly  headed the ball back across the box to set England up for the first goal.

Dropped off a bit in the second half defensively but she provided the all important assist for England’s winner.

Two assists in a cup final is a great return for a defender. 9

Sophie Ingle- Mixed first half. Struggled defensively after the Blues went 1-0 up. Mainly because the whole team sat back.

But Chelsea’s number five did demonstrate her danger in attack in certain periods of the  game. Especially with her pile driver which just went wide near the end of the first half.

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Unfortunately Ingle looked off it in the second half for most parts of it. Arsenal really dominated the midfield battle in the second period and Ingle alongside the rest of the midfield looked a bit tired and lethargic dealing with all the Arsenal pressure which eventually was too much as the Gunners equalised.  5.

Guro Reiten- Had a brilliant chance in the 6th minute to make it 1-0 to Chelsea, but took too long to shoot and as a result her effort was blocked by the Arsenal defender.

The Norwegian International did make up for it in the 30th minute providing a lovely cross which England should have buried for 2-0.

The 25-year-old scored in the early parts of the second half after brilliant link-up play with Ingle led to the 25-year-old firing her effort just over the bar. 7.

Ji So-yun- Ok first half from the South Korean. Looked guilty when she brought down Williamson in the box. Could have easily conceded a penalty on that occasion.

Ji didn’t really have much of an impact in the game and as a result was withdrawn midway through the second half for Maria Thorisdottir. 4.

Erin Cuthbert- Tenacious throughout the whole game down the right hand side for the Blues. Really did show today that she is definitely an unsung here in this current Chelsea squad this season.

Also put in a good shift defensively alongside the whole team. 7.

Sam Kerr- Caused a few problems within the first opening minutes down  Arsenal’s left-hand side but her cross found no one in the box.

But unsurprisingly the 26-year-old caused the opponents problems all game. She was unfortunately denied by Zinsberger in the 39th minute after having her run picked out well.  Minutes later- the Australian International had a header well saved from a corner.

Her chances didn’t stop there. Chelsea’s number 20 rounded Zinsberger in the 64th minute before poking her effort wide under pressure.

And her eagerness to run all game led to the winner after she was able to collect the ball on the left side and feed Mjelde who found England to tap in at the back post. 8.

Bethany England– Just going from strength to strength every week. Her goal in the 8th minute was clinically taken after being brilliantly set up by Mjelde.

Here was the goal:

One noticeable factor to why England has gone to another level this season is due to the presence of Sam Kerr. The link up between the two players all game and in previous games has been so beneficial in helping the 25-year-old take her game to another level.

Could and should have put the Blues 2-0 up in the 30th  minute but she put her free header wide of the post after a lovely cross from Guro Reiten.

But the inform striker did manage to win the game in the 92nd minute as she was able to nip in at the back post and tap home Mjelde’s pullback. 9. 

Here was that historic winner from Beth England:


Maria Thorisdottir- Was brought on at 1-0 to help see the game out and she didn’t really do that as the Gunners equalised late on. Little impact from the bench but it’s hard to judge her after limited time on the pitch. 5. 

Drew Spence- Was brought on for game management really to waste some time. 5. 

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The Blues will be celebrating tonight in style, but all focus will shortly switch to their next game which is in the FA Cup against Everton away from home.

This game takes place on Sunday March 15.