Women's Super League 1
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Arsenal Women 2-1 Manchester City Women

Alex Scott
Arsenal defender Alex Scott was given a guard of honour in her final home game before retirement

Manchester City's Women's Super League title ambitions suffered a huge setback as they slipped to defeat at Arsenal.

City led at the break through Nadia Nadim's cool finish early on.

But fine second-half strikes from Netherlands midfielder Danielle van de Donk and England forward Beth Mead completed the Gunners' comeback.

Chelsea's win over Sunderland later on Saturday left City six points behind with two games to go, with Chelsea able to seal the title as early as Tuesday.

Arsenal, who have visits to Sunderland and Bristol City remaining, stayed fourth after Reading's win over Liverpool, but moved one point behind City in the race for a Women's Champions League spot.

Nick Cushing's City have arguably the easier run in, with home games against winless Yeovil Town on Wednesday and Everton Ladies to come.

Defending champions Chelsea could seal the title at Bristol City on Tuesday, before rounding off their campaign at Liverpool Ladies.

City can have few complaints about the loss at Meadow Park as Arsenal created the better of the chances and both goals were clinical finishes.

First Van de Donk bent the ball low into the corner from the edge of the area, before Mead fired in from a tight angle to inflict a second straight defeat on the visitors.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 18Evans
  • 6Williamson
  • 16Quinn
  • 3Mitchell
  • 20Janssen
  • 8Nobbs
  • 10Little
  • 7van de DonkSubstituted forO'Reillyat 90+1'minutes
  • 11MiedemaSubstituted forCarterat 80'minutes
  • 23MeadSubstituted forScottat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Scott
  • 9Carter
  • 13Moorhouse
  • 15McCabe
  • 17O'Reilly
  • 28Ngunga
  • 29Cooke

Man City Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 23McManus
  • 6Houghton
  • 5Beattie
  • 3StokesSubstituted forJansat 49'minutes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 12StanwayBooked at 61mins
  • 17Parris
  • 16RossSubstituted forLawleyat 68'minutes
  • 10NadimSubstituted forChristiansenat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jans
  • 4Middag
  • 7Lawley
  • 11Christiansen
  • 14Morgan
  • 22Emslie
  • 26Roebuck
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
1,514

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Women 2, Manchester City Women 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 2, Manchester City Women 1.

Attempt blocked. Danielle Carter (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Alex Scott replaces Beth Mead.

Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Heather O'Reilly replaces Daniëlle van de Donk.

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Offside, Manchester City Women. Karen Bardsley tries a through ball, but Isobel Christiansen is caught offside.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Jennifer Beattie.

Attempt saved. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mie Jans with a cross.

Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women).

Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Stephanie Houghton (Manchester City Women).

Attempt missed. Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Melissa Lawley.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Danielle Carter replaces Vivianne Miedema.

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

Foul by Melissa Lawley (Manchester City Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Isobel Christiansen replaces Nadia Nadim.

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

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Attempt missed. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Lisa Evans with a cross.

Foul by Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women).

Keira Walsh (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Melissa Lawley replaces Jane Ross.

Attempt missed. Nadia Nadim (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Georgia Stanway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Louise Quinn.

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

Foul by Nadia Nadim (Manchester City Women).

Offside, Manchester City Women. Nikita Parris tries a through ball, but Jane Ross is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Women 2, Manchester City Women 1. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kim Little.

Booking

Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mie Jans with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Ladies16115039112838
2Man City Women16102443172632
3Reading Women1794439172231
4Arsenal Women1694330171331
5Liverpool Ladies179172824428
6B'ham City Ladies168262617926
7Bristol City Women1651101239-2716
8Everton Ladies1642101924-514
9Sunderland Ladies1641111337-2413
10Yeovil Town Ladies160214147-462
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