This pitch invader wanted a selfie. Matildas star Sam Kerr gave him something else.
Matildas and Chelsea star Sam Kerr has barged a pitch invader off his feet, earning herself a yellow card on the field, but praise and admiration online.
The male spectator made his way onto the field during Chelsea's Champions League game against Juventus on Thursday morning with his camera in the air taking selfies, but it was Kerr who delivered the money shot, producing a shoulder charge that flattened him.
The boos aimed at the spectators from the stands quickly turned to cheers for Kerr when the man got to his feet to be escorted from the field by a steward.
“Sam Kerr, bodyguard,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Vince Rugari, a sports reporter for the Sydney Morning Herald, said: “It was hard to think of a way Sam Kerr could finish this week that would endear her to Australian fans even more, beyond what she’s achieved on the field. This was the only way.”
The drama capped off a frustrating night in London for Chelsea, who couldn’t score for the first time this season. The game finished in a scoreless draw.