Women's Super League 1
Reading Women2Man City Women5

Reading Women 2-5 Manchester City Women

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WSL1: Reading 2-5 Man City highlights

Leaders Manchester City maintained their 100% record in Women's Super League One as they scored five times in an entertaining game at Reading.

City debutant Nadia Nadim's header opened the scoring before Scotland's Claire Emslie clipped in a second.

Reading hit back with Remi Allen's tap-in and Brooke Chaplen's fine strike, but Izzy Christiansen tucked the visitors in to a 3-2 half-time lead.

Jill Scott's second-half brace secured City's sixth win from six.

Afghanistan-born Denmark international forward Nadim confidently nodded in her first goal in English football inside six minutes, in a match full of action at both ends of the field.

The two sides could both have scored more, but Jo Potter's second-half free-kick fizzed just wide of the post for Reading, while Nadim's bouncing first-half shot was saved by Mary Earps.

Victory kept City top, two points above second-placed Chelsea - who beat Arsenal 3-2 in another thriller at Kingsmeadow earlier on Sunday.

Line-ups

Reading Women

  • 1Earps
  • 2Jane
  • 6PearceBooked at 81mins
  • 22Potter
  • 23Rowe
  • 7Furness
  • 5BartripSubstituted forScottat 75'minutes
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forLinnettat 83'minutes
  • 8Allen
  • 19ChaplenSubstituted forHardingat 69'minutes
  • 10Bruton

Substitutes

  • 3Scott
  • 9Linnett
  • 11Fletcher
  • 15Green
  • 20Harding
  • 21Moloney
  • 35Clifford

Man City Women

  • 26Roebuck
  • 23McManus
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 11Christiansen
  • 17ParrisSubstituted forLawleyat 74'minutes
  • 10Nadim
  • 22Emslie

Substitutes

  • 7Lawley
  • 12Stanway
  • 14Morgan
  • 15Spetsmark
  • 16Ross
  • 19Jans
  • 21Hourihan
Referee:
Abby Marriott
Attendance:
951

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Reading FC Women 2, Manchester City Women 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Reading FC Women 2, Manchester City Women 5.

Nadia Nadim (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jo Potter (Reading FC Women).

Foul by Jill Scott (Manchester City Women).

Rachel Furness (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nadia Nadim (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jennifer Beattie.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Rebecca Jane.

Attempt blocked. Kirsty Linnett (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lauren Bruton.

Hand ball by Jill Scott (Manchester City Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading FC Women. Kirsty Linnett replaces Fara Williams.

Booking

Kirsty Pearce (Reading FC Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kirsty Pearce (Reading FC Women).

Offside, Manchester City Women. Nadia Nadim tries a through ball, but Melissa Lawley is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Nadia Nadim (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Rachel Rowe (Reading FC Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rachel Furness.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading FC Women. Harriet Scott replaces Molly Bartrip.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Melissa Lawley replaces Nikita Parris.

Corner, Reading FC Women. Conceded by Demi Stokes.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading FC Women. Natasha Harding replaces Brooke Chaplen.

Corner, Reading FC Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Attempt blocked. Brooke Chaplen (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lauren Bruton.

Foul by Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women).

Brooke Chaplen (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Remi Allen (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lauren Bruton.

Corner, Reading FC Women. Conceded by Nikita Parris.

Attempt missed. Jo Potter (Reading FC Women) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women).

Brooke Chaplen (Reading FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 2, Manchester City Women 5. Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Claire Emslie following a fast break.

Goal!

Goal! Reading FC Women 2, Manchester City Women 4. Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Isobel Christiansen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Kirsty Pearce.

Attempt blocked. Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikita Parris.

Attempt blocked. Claire Emslie (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Molly Bartrip (Reading FC Women).

Second Half

Second Half begins Reading FC Women 2, Manchester City Women 3.

Half Time

First Half ends, Reading FC Women 2, Manchester City Women 3.

Attempt missed. Fara Williams (Reading FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women66002471718
2Chelsea Women65102442016
3Liverpool Women64021551012
4Arsenal Women63121311210
5Sunderland Ladies7304718-119
6Reading Women6222141048
7Bristol City Women6213417-137
8Everton Ladies72051112-16
9B'ham City Ladies6114713-64
10Yeovil Town Ladies6006022-220
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