Eniola Aluko was on target as Chelsea moved within just one point of the Women's Super League One title with two games to go following Saturday's 2-1 win over Sunderland soon after rivals Manchester City lost.Victory
ensured that Chelsea can secure a league and cup double if they avoid defeat at Bristol City on Tuesday.
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Fran Kirby's deflected strike in the first-half and Aluko's close-range finish after the break gave Emma Hayes's side a two-goal lead.
Sunderland pulled one back through Keira Ramshaw's late, crisp finish off the post, but defeat kept them ninth.
Aluko and her team-mates who beat Bristol City 6-0 on the season's opening weekend in the reverse fixture are bidding to reclaim the title they first won in 2015.
Saturday's win over the Lady Black Cats on a wet night at Kingsmeadow put them six points clear of City, whose defeat at Arsenal was their second in a row since going above Chelsea on goal difference on 3 May.