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Arsenal Women 1-2 Chelsea Women: Erin Cuthbert scores twice as Blues beat Gunners

Erin Cuthbert scores for Chelsea
Erin Cuthbert leapt highest to head in Chelsea's opener

Erin Cuthbert scored twice as Chelsea survived a late scare to beat Arsenal and throw the Women's Super League title race wide open.

The Scotland midfielder put the title holders ahead with a towering header from Hannah Blundell's pinpoint cross.

Chelsea's Beth England had an effort ruled out for offside before Cuthbert volleyed in a second from 15 yards.

Vivianne Miedema tapped in to halve Arsenal's deficit and went close twice more late on, but the visitors held on.

The defeat was only Arsenal's second of the season but they lost their grip on top spot after Manchester City's win at West Ham later on Sunday.

Those results have left Arsenal a point behind City - but Joe Montemurro's Gunners do have a game in hand on their title rivals.

Defending WSL champions Chelsea are now just two points adrift of Arsenal in third and they dominated at Meadow Park until the closing stages.

Arsenal were without 10-goal midfielder Danielle van de Donk through injury and did not register a shot on target until her fellow Netherlands international Miedema claimed her 15th league goal of the campaign - equalling the record season's tally set last year by Birmingham's Ellen White.

It was the first goal Chelsea had conceded since a 5-0 thrashing by Arsenal in October and Miedema forced two saves from Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl as the Gunners came on strong towards the end.

The visitors were also fortunate not to concede a penalty when Jess Carter tugged back Miedema's shirt in the box, but their overall performance merited the three points.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 6Williamson
  • 16Quinn
  • 4Arnth JensenSubstituted forVejeat 77'minutes
  • 15McCabe
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 19Wälti
  • 17Evans
  • 10Little
  • 23MeadSubstituted forMitchellat 45'minutes
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 2Veje
  • 3Mitchell
  • 24Kuyken

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 20Andersson
  • 10Ji
  • 5IngleBooked at 80mins
  • 24Spence
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forRileyat 66'minutes
  • 15EnglandSubstituted forCarterat 79'minutes
  • 8CarneyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forKirbyat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Asante
  • 7Carter
  • 11Riley
  • 14Kirby
  • 21Cooper
  • 23Bachmann
  • 28Telford
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
3,019

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home4
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 2.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Hedvig Lindahl.

Attempt saved. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Louise Quinn.

Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Hannah Blundell.

Attempt saved. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kim Little with a cross.

Foul by Jonna Andersson (Chelsea FC Women).

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Sophie Ingle.

Sophie Ingle (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 2. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kim Little with a cross.

Booking

Sophie Ingle (Chelsea FC Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea FC Women).

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Jessica Carter replaces Beth England.

Drew Spence (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Katrine Veje replaces Janni Arnth.

Foul by Ji So-Yun (Chelsea FC Women).

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

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Louise Quinn.

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

Attempt blocked. Millie Bright (Chelsea FC Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonna Andersson with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Emma Mitchell.

Attempt missed. Millie Bright (Chelsea FC Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonna Andersson with a cross following a set piece situation.

Jonna Andersson (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women) because of an injury.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Millie Bright.

Foul by Jonna Andersson (Chelsea FC Women).

Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Francesca Kirby replaces Karen Carney.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Ali Riley replaces Erin Cuthbert.

Foul by Ji So-Yun (Chelsea FC Women).

Kim Little (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women139403782931
2Arsenal Women12100247113630
3Chelsea Women138412061428
4B'ham City Women138141610625
5Reading Women125341815318
6Bristol City Women125341115-418
7West Ham Women135171926-716
8Liverpool Women134181022-1213
9Brighton Women13229928-198
10Everton Ladies12138723-166
11Yeovil Town Ladies121011737-303
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