Women's Super League 1
Liverpool Ladies0Arsenal Women3

Liverpool Ladies 0-3 Arsenal Women

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Janssen scores brilliant goal in Arsenal win

Arsenal Women boosted their hopes of a top-two finish in Women's Super League One with a comfortable victory at third-placed Liverpool Ladies.

The Gunners went ahead after Vivianne Miedema was fouled by Sophie Ingle and saw her penalty saved by Becky Flaherty, but tucked in the rebound.

Dominique Janssen doubled the advantage on the stroke of half-time with a brilliant curling strike from 25 yards.

A powerful finish from Lisa Evans completed the scoring on 62 minutes.

The Reds almost took the lead after a quarter of an hour, but Caroline Weir's left-footed strike from 40 yards out cannoned back off the crossbar.

Visiting keeper Sari van Veenendaal saved from Kate Longhurst and Casey Stoney had an effort from close range blocked as Liverpool looked to recover from 3-0 down.

Defeat at Widnes' Select Security Stadium ended Liverpool's four-match winning streak in the league and Arsenal are now just a point behind the Reds, and six off second-placed Chelsea Ladies.

Liverpool Ladies manager Scott Rogers told BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra:

"I thought the first half was relatively even, and there was a game-changing decision and it was a wrong decision.

"From my opinion it was not a penalty, but I am not the referee and it is for the powers to look at the standard that we have in women's football.

"But you have to take your hat off to Arsenal. They are a very good footballing side and they probably deserved to win as they took their chances and we didn't.

"We had a mountain to climb at half-time and we couldn't climb it."

Arsenal Women manager Joe Montemurro told BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra:

"I am happy about the way we played and some of the passages of play that we have been instilling in training.

"I've been asked [about the penalty] and I couldn't see from my angle. I'd be lying if I told you it was in or out [of the box] and I'd have to review it again on the video.

"Yes, moments like that can change games but they can also work in the reverse as you focus on those things instead of how you are playing.

"The more pleasing thing is we created a number of chances against a very good team."

Line-ups

Liverpool Ladies

  • 23Flaherty
  • 3HarrisSubstituted forHodsonat 70'minutes
  • 6Ingle
  • 4Stoney
  • 22Greenwood
  • 8Coombs
  • 7LonghurstSubstituted forBabajideat 82'minutes
  • 9Clarke
  • 10Weir
  • 18JohnsonSubstituted forMurrayat 63'minutes
  • 11England

Substitutes

  • 12Ramsey
  • 19Rodgers
  • 20Babajide
  • 36Hodson
  • 40Roberts
  • 44Murray

Arsenal Women

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 18Evans
  • 6Williamson
  • 16QuinnSubstituted forMcCabeat 74'minutes
  • 3Mitchell
  • 20Janssen
  • 21van de Donk
  • 17O'ReillySubstituted forJamesat 78'minutes
  • 8NobbsSubstituted forKuykenat 87'minutes
  • 9Carter
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 2Scott
  • 13Moorhouse
  • 15McCabe
  • 22James
  • 23Mead
  • 26Kuyken
  • 27Filbey
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
461

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool LadiesAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home14
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool Ladies 0, Arsenal Women 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool Ladies 0, Arsenal Women 3.

Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Lauren James (Arsenal Women) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Hodson.

Offside, Arsenal Women. Lauren James tries a through ball, but Vivianne Miedema is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Ava Kuyken replaces Jordan Nobbs.

Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sophie Ingle (Liverpool Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Ladies. Rinsola Babajide replaces Kate Longhurst.

Attempt blocked. Laura Coombs (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

Attempt blocked. Emma Mitchell (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Sophie Ingle.

Attempt blocked. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk.

Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Casey Stoney (Liverpool Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Lauren James replaces Heather O'Reilly.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Katie McCabe replaces Louise Quinn.

Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Laura Coombs (Liverpool Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Ladies. Ashley Hodson replaces Martha Harris.

Attempt missed. Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Hand ball by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

Attempt missed. Alex Greenwood (Liverpool Ladies) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Leah Williamson.

Attempt saved. Casey Stoney (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Kate Longhurst (Liverpool Ladies) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Greenwood with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool Ladies. Conceded by Emma Mitchell.

Attempt blocked. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

Attempt missed. Emma Mitchell (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs following a set piece situation.

Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kate Longhurst (Liverpool Ladies).

Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Caroline Weir (Liverpool Ladies).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Ladies. Satara Murray replaces Ali Johnson.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Ladies 0, Arsenal Women 3. Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Heather O'Reilly.

Attempt missed. Ali Johnson (Liverpool Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Caroline Weir.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Becky Flaherty.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women87102772022
2Chelsea Ladies86202542120
3Liverpool Ladies8503178915
4Arsenal Women84221611514
5B'ham City Ladies83141213-110
6Reading Women7232141049
7Sunderland Ladies8305721-149
8Bristol City Women8215421-177
9Everton Ladies82061113-26
10Yeovil Town Ladies7007025-250
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