Match ends, Chelsea FC Women 0, Manchester City Women 0.
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.
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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.
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- 16ErikssonBooked at 53mins
- 5IngleSubstituted forKirbyat 67'minutes
- 15EnglandSubstituted forSpenceat 68'minutes
- 10JiSubstituted forCuthbertat 80'minutes
Man City Women
- 4BonnerBooked at 67mins
- 5BeattieBooked at 3mins
- 8ScottSubstituted forWullaertat 90+2'minutes
- 15HempSubstituted forNadimat 45'minutes
- 7LawleySubstituted forBeckieat 74'minutes
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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, 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, 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.