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WSL: Arsenal Women beat Liverpool Women 5-0 as Vivianne Miedema stars

Vivianne Miedema scored a hat-trick as Arsenal Women began the new Women's Super League season with a 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool Women.

The Netherlands international striker tucked home Katie McCabe's cross from six yards to give Arsenal the lead.

She then set up Lisa Evans to fire in the second and was again the architect for Kim Little to slot in the third.

Miedema scuffed in the fourth before half-time and completed her treble by driving in from a free-kick late on.

It was the first hat-trick scored by an Arsenal player in the WSL since Gunners and England legend Kelly Smith in September 2014.

Liverpool briefly threatened to get back into the contest at 2-0 down but Christie Murray's fierce 20-yard drive was brilliantly tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

But Arsenal could have also scored further goals, with Miedema the main threat as she twice saw efforts deflected over the bar, while Jordan Nobbs fired across the face of goal.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 17EvansSubstituted forSamuelssonat 67'minutes
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 16Quinn
  • 15McCabe
  • 8Nobbs
  • 19Wälti
  • 10LittleSubstituted forKuykenat 83'minutes
  • 7van de Donk
  • 11Miedema
  • 23Mead

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 3Mitchell
  • 12Samuelsson
  • 24Kuyken

Liverpool Women

  • 1Preuss
  • 6Bradley
  • 12LittleSubstituted forBabajideat 45'minutes
  • 2Matthews
  • 44Murray
  • 10Murray
  • 5FaheyBooked at 80mins
  • 8Coombs
  • 3Robe
  • 17CharlesSubstituted forSweetman-Kirkat 81'minutes
  • 7Clarke

Substitutes

  • 9Sweetman-Kirk
  • 11Daniels
  • 18Kitching
  • 19Rodgers
  • 20Babajide
  • 21Kearns
  • 24Linnett
Referee:
Jason Richardson
Attendance:
1,173

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamLiverpool Women
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal Women 5, Liverpool Women 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 5, Liverpool Women 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Satara Murray.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).

  5. Post update

    Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Arsenal Women 5, Liverpool Women 0. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Katie McCabe following a set piece situation.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Back pass by Anke Preuss (Liverpool Women).

  9. Post update

    Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women).

  11. Post update

    Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Beth Mead.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Ava Kuyken replaces Kim Little.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dominique Bloodworth.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool Women. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk replaces Niamh Charles.

  18. Booking

    Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Niamh Fahey (Liverpool Women).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women11005053
2Reading Women11004043
3B'ham City Women11001013
4Bristol City Women11001013
5Chelsea Women10100001
6Man City Women10100001
7West Ham Women00000000
8Brighton Women100101-10
9Everton Women100101-10
10Yeovil United100104-40
11Liverpool Women100105-50
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