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WSL: Chelsea Women and Manchester City Women draw 0-0 in opener

Chelsea Women v Man City Women
Chelsea Women and Manchester City Women finished first and second respectively in the WSL last season

Champions Chelsea Women began the defence of their Women's Super League title with a goalless draw against Manchester City Women.

The home side edged the first half in terms of chances, with Beth England, Maren Mjelde and Ramona Bachmann all forcing saves from Karen Bardsley.

Nikita Parris fired wide for City, while England captain Steph Houghton twice headed off target.

Chelsea finished the stronger, with Fran Kirby curling narrowly wide.

Bachmann also forced another smart save out of England keeper Bardsley at her near post, while South Korea international Ji So-yun waited too long to shoot after creating space in the box and was crowded out.

City, who fielded an entirely British starting XI, were Chelsea's main title challengers last season and boss Nick Cushing will have been pleased with his side's solidity in defence, with Houghton stepping in to thwart Chelsea on several occasions.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes, on her return to the dugout after having a baby at the end of last season, brought England striker Kirby on from the bench late on but her side were unable to find a breakthrough.

Erin Cuthbert had a chance to win the game for Chelsea in stoppage time but shot straight at Bardsley from 20 yards.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 7Carter
  • 4Bright
  • 16ErikssonBooked at 53mins
  • 20Andersson
  • 5IngleSubstituted forKirbyat 67'minutes
  • 18Mjelde
  • 15EnglandSubstituted forSpenceat 68'minutes
  • 10JiSubstituted forCuthbertat 80'minutes
  • 8Carney
  • 23Bachmann

Substitutes

  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 3Blundell
  • 14Kirby
  • 17Engman
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 24Spence
  • 28Telford

Man City Women

  • 1Bardsley
  • 4BonnerBooked at 67mins
  • 6Houghton
  • 5BeattieBooked at 3mins
  • 23McManus
  • 8ScottSubstituted forWullaertat 90+2'minutes
  • 24Walsh
  • 12Stanway
  • 15HempSubstituted forNadimat 45'minutes
  • 17Parris
  • 7LawleySubstituted forBeckieat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Jans
  • 10Nadim
  • 11Beckie
  • 19Weir
  • 22Emslie
  • 25Wullaert
  • 26Roebuck
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
2,501

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamMan City Women
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea FC Women 0, Manchester City Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea FC Women 0, Manchester City Women 0.

Attempt blocked. Drew Spence (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Drew Spence (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Magdalena Eriksson with a headed pass.

Foul by Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women).

Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Tessa Wullaert replaces Jill Scott because of an injury.

Delay in match Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Maren Mjelde.

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Millie Bright (Chelsea FC Women).

Gemma Bonner (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea FC Women).

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

Foul by Karen Carney (Chelsea FC Women).

Attempt saved. Drew Spence (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Erin Cuthbert replaces Ji So-Yun.

Attempt missed. Gemma Bonner (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jennifer Beattie with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Jessica Carter.

Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jennifer Beattie.

Attempt missed. Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Georgia Stanway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Jonna Andersson.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Janine Beckie replaces Melissa Lawley.

Attempt missed. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Maren Mjelde.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Attempt missed. Nadia Nadim (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Abbie McManus.

Attempt blocked. Ji So-Yun (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesca Kirby.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Drew Spence replaces Beth England.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Francesca Kirby replaces Sophie Ingle.

Booking

Gemma Bonner (Manchester City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gemma Bonner (Manchester City Women).

Jonna Andersson (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea FC Women) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karen Carney.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Georgia Stanway.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

Hand ball by Ji So-Yun (Chelsea FC Women).

Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jennifer Beattie.

Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women11005053
2Reading Women11004043
3B'ham City Women11001013
4Bristol City Women11001013
5Chelsea Women10100001
6Man City Women10100001
7West Ham Ladies00000000
8Brighton Women100101-10
9Everton Ladies100101-10
10Yeovil Town Ladies100104-40
11Liverpool Women100105-50
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