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Women's Super League: Manchester City 3-3 Chelsea

Manchester City and Chelsea played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at The Academy Stadium to leave the Women's Super League title race wide open.

The Citizens are one point above Chelsea at the top of the table heading into the final six rounds of fixtures, although Emma Hayes' side still have a game in hand.

City twice led an end-to-end contest, only to then find themselves 3-2 down to a sensational 30-yard strike from England forward Beth England - moments after Georgia Stanway had missed a penalty for the hosts.

But Lauren Hemp poked beyond Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger to rescue a point for Manchester City in their final match before the SheBelieves Cup.

England will be playing in the invitational four-team tournament in the United States, where they will face the USA, Japan and Spain.

However, Lionesses manager Phil Neville will be concerned about the fitness of City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck, who was carried off the field of play deep into second-half stoppage time with what looked a serious ankle injury.

The top-flight season is due to resume on 22 March.

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Although matches between title rivals can often develop into tight, cagey affairs, this contest was anything but.

After England had missed a glorious early chance from inside the six-yard box, Ellen White tapped the home side in front following Janine Beckie's low cross.

Ji So-yun's deflected volley then made it 1-1, before Stanway's thumping near-post shot - after she had feinted to shape her body to curl the ball into the far corner - restored Manchester City's advantage.

But Chelsea, who have not lost in the WSL since January 2019, turned the game on its head when Magdalena Eriksson nodded in from close range and England picked out the top corner from distance.

In between those two goals, Stanway had squandered a golden opportunity to put City in front for the third time in the match when Berger kept her spot-kick out after Sophie Ingle's foul on Caroline Weir.

The Citizens, however, had the very final say when Hemp guided Weir's clever reverse pass into the corner to make it 3-3.

Line-ups

Man City Women

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 26RoebuckSubstituted forBenameurat 90+10'minutes
  • 11Beckie
  • 6Houghton
  • 4Bonner
  • 3Stokes
  • 24Walsh
  • 19WeirBooked at 71mins
  • 8Scott
  • 15Hemp
  • 10Stanway
  • 18WhiteSubstituted forBremerat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Coombs
  • 9Bremer
  • 12Toland
  • 16Park
  • 25Wullaert
  • 34Benameur
  • 35Veiga Santiago Fidalgo

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 30Berger
  • 18Mjelde
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 25Andersson
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 5Ingle
  • 10JiSubstituted forThorisdottirat 77'minutes
  • 11ReitenSubstituted forBachmannat 72'minutes
  • 20KerrSubstituted forSpenceat 90+1'minutes
  • 9England

Substitutes

  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 3Blundell
  • 7Carter
  • 17Engman
  • 23Bachmann
  • 24Spence
  • 28Telford
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
3,542

Match Stats

Home TeamMan City WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City Women 3, Chelsea Women 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 3, Chelsea Women 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Karima Benameur replaces Ellie Roebuck because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women).

  5. Post update

    Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Beth England (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jill Scott (Manchester City Women).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Drew Spence (Chelsea Women).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Drew Spence replaces Sam Kerr.

  11. Post update

    Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Beth England (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea Women) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Maren Mjelde with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Stephanie Houghton.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jonna Andersson (Chelsea Women).

  17. Post update

    Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Caroline Weir (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lauren Hemp.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City Women. Pauline Bremer replaces Ellen White.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Maria Thorisdottir replaces Ji So-Yun.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City Women1613123993040
2Chelsea Women15123047113639
3Arsenal Women15120340132736
4Man Utd Women1472524121223
5Reading Women146352124-321
6Tottenham Women156271524-920
7Everton Women146172121019
8West Ham Women145181934-1516
9Brighton Women163491130-1913
10Bristol City Women14239938-299
11B'ham City Women132110523-187
12Liverpool Women141310820-126
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