🎥 WSL Breakdown: Upsets for United and Chelsea; City edge Arsenal

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Emily Wilson

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What a Sunday of football!

Five FA Women’s Super League matches kicked on 7 February and there were some impressive results. The title race is now as close as ever.

Here is how all the action unfolded.


West Ham 1-1 Bristol City

Scorers: Van Egmond 7′ (OG), Svitková 49′

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The final match of the days saw West Ham host Bristol City at Chigwell Construction Stadium.

The visitors took the lead after Emily van Egmond’s own goal in the seventh minute and almost grabbed a second.

The hosts, however, were able to find the equalizer early into the second half as Kateřina Svitková scored in the 49th minute.

Later on, Bristol’s Sophie Baggaley tipped a free kick attempt from Laura Vetterlein over the bar to stop West Ham from taking the lead.

In the end, the points are shared in London and Bristol remain last in the table.

West Ham Women 1
Bristol City Women 1
Full time

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City

Scorers: White 24′, Hemp 79′; Foord 57′

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The big mouth-watering match of the day Arsenal host Manchester City at Meadow Park for a top-table clash.

It was an end-to-end match in the first half and the visitors went ahead through none other than Ellen White.

After the break, the hosts came out with more pressure and Caitlin Foord was able to equalize after 57 minutes.

Lauren Hemp’s bullet of a header in the 79th minute, however, was enough for City to take home all three points.

With Manchester United and Chelsea both losing today, just two points separate first and third.

Arsenal Women 1
Manchester City Women 2
Full time

Everton 1-1 Birmingham City

Scorers: Turner 22′; Napier 34′

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Everton hosted Birmingham City as they looked to make a push for the top four.

The hosts were the first to find the back of the net thanks to Danielle Turner in the 22nd minute.

The visitors, however, were able to equalize through Jamie-Lee Napier in the 34th.

In the end, neither side could find a breakthrough in the second half and the points are split.

Everton Women 1
Birmingham City Women 1
Full time

Chelsea 1-2 Brighton

Scorers: Kerr 5′; Whelan 8′, Connolly 78′

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In the second upset of the day, Brighton found a way to turn it around against Chelsea and come away with all three points.

Sam Kerr found the back of the net just five minutes into the match but the visitors equalized through Aileen Whelan three minutes later.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes made plenty of substitutions in the second half but it wasn’t enough. Pernille Harder saw an attempt hit the post.

The visitors eventually took the lead through Megan Connolly’s stunning effort in the 78th minute and held on for the win.

Chelsea Women 1
Brighton & Hove Albion Women 2
Full time

Manchester United 0-2 Reading

Scorers: Harding 63′, Carter 65′

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The first match of the day resulted in a massive upset as Reading beat Manchester United for the first time in the WSL.

Despite chances from both sides in the first half, it remained goalless at the break and the game was still up for grabs.

Coming out in the second, both goalkeepers made big stops to keep it level but Reading were eventually the side to break the deadlock.

Captain Natasha Harder’s header found the back of the net in the 63rd minute and then Danielle Carter doubled the lead two minutes later.

With the result, Reading also snapped United’s year-long unbeaten run at home and take home three very valuable points.

Manchester United Women 0
Reading Women 2
Full time

Chelsea and Manchester United currently lead the table with 32 points and Manchester City sit just behind with 30.