BLUES DUO SCORE ON INTERNATIONAL STAGE
It was a productive weekend on the international stage for two members of the Chelsea Ladies, with both Eniola Aluko and Yuki Ogimi on target for their respective nations.
England opened their World Cup qualifying campaign in impressive style, cruising to a 6-0 win over Belarus in Bournemouth.
The hosts, under the guidance of Brent Hills, had raced into a 4-0 lead before the break, and after Natasha Dowie had made it 5-0, Chelsea's Aluko put the seal on an emphatic victory by adding a sixth, latching on to a Dowie pass and finishing confidently just after the hour.
Meanwhile, Ogimi opened the scoring for Japan in their 2-0 friendly win over Nigeria in Nagasaki in front of over 15,000 supporters.
The creative attacker broke the deadlock in the 36th minute, while Nahomi Kawasumi doubled their lead eight minutes into the second half.
The game was the first of two friendlies between the sides this week, and Ogimi, coming to the end of her first campaign with the Blues, spoke of her time in the capital so far.
'Football in England is very physical, though in some ways the level is higher than in Japan,' she said. 'There are many things I can learn. I'm really enjoying myself in London.'