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Summary

  1. Stanway rescues a point for Man City with stunning effort
  2. Ji and Bright goals put Chelsea 2-0 up at the break
  3. Parris pulled a goal back early in the second half
  4. Chelsea are only side with an unbeaten WSL 1 record this term
  5. Second-placed City remain one point adrift of Chelsea

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By Owen Phillips

All times stated are UK

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FT: Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

And that is all from us today.

The gap at the top of WSL 1 remains just one point after Georgia Stanway rescues a draw for Manchester City in a dramatic top-of-the-table clash with leaders Chelsea.

Click here for the report.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

REACTION

FT: Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes told BT Sport:

"They had only two chances and we had about a hundred. I have to credit Man City for the way they responded.

"I am sure my dressing room will think 'how have we not won 6-2?' But we were not clinical.

"It feels like two points dropped. We dominated but fair play to them."

REACTION

FT: Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

Manchester City manager Nick Cushing told BT Sport: "The team is suffering a bit because of injuries.

"Nine of the past 10 games have been away but we showed our resilience and character.

"We lacked a little bit of confidence. Early on I knew we would be a little bit bruised but getting back to 2-2 is great.

"At half-time I had some words to say and got a reaction."

As you were...

FT: Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea bossed the first half and missed chances throughout, but City came back strong after the break for a point.

Chelsea remain a point clear at the of the WSL table after a thrilling game at the Academy Stadium.

Breathless stuff, but there was oodles of quality too.

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FULL-TIME

Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

A pulsating game if ever there was one.

Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

A foul is given. Time is almost up. City may get one last chance.

Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

A chance to breathe as Eni Aluko does superbly on the right to win a corner...

Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

There are four of minutes of stoppage time, the first of which sees a Man City corner easily dealt with.

Chelsea bring on Eni Aluko for Ramona Bachmann. But it's the Blues who are hanging on a bit now.

Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

City now threaten. Phew.

This time the save is a simple one. Hedvig Lindahl stopping Georgia Stanway's tame effort.

Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

More chances fom Chelsea as pin-ball football sees four shots blocked and City somehow scramble the ball clear.

Ramona Bachmann, Erin Cuthbert and Crystal Dunn all have shots blocked.

How did Chelsea not find the net there?

GOAL - Man City 2-2 Chelsea

Georgia Stanway

An absolute belter of a goal by substitute Georgia Stanway who crashes a first-time shot into the top of the net from the edge of the box.

A quite brilliant strike. Will we get a winner?

Georgia Stanway
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Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

Seemingly it's not shut up shop time.

A great turn in the box and low shot by Erin Cuthert ends with a good save.

SUBSTITUTION

Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

Fran Kirby's day is done. She's played superbly for the most part, but ends the day goalless.

Norwegian international defender Maria Thrisdottir comes on.

Shut up shop time?

Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

Chelsea keeper Hedvig Lindahl is a little slow off her line but eventually does claim the ball at the feet of Jane Ross, the City striker having just come on.

It was a lovely long ball by Demi Stokes.

YELLOW CARD

Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

A scuffle involving the feisty Nikita Parris and Ji So-Yun sees both players raising arms and pushing at each other.

But it's Ji who goes in to the book having retaliated and showed the England player.

Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

What a dreadful miss.

Nikita Parris does well to get in behind the defence from a cross from the left.

But the City winger gets it horribly wrong and screws the ball wide from six yards. A real stinker of a miss.

Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

Georgie Stanway tests Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl from 25 yards.

The shot is straight down the middle and at stomach height. A very, very simple save.

Are Man City going to suffer back-to back league defeats for the first time since 2015?

Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

Fran Kirby almost plays Ramona Bachmann through on the break but overhits the pass and keeper Ellie Roebuck collects.

There are goals to be had on the break for the visitors if they can maintain a bit more composure.

Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

Crystal Dunn in action for Chelsea Ladies
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Yet. Another. Chelsea. Chance.

Fran Kirby plays a fine ball into the path of Crystal Dunn on the left, but the American winger never looks totally comfortable, despite a decent first touch, and spanks the ball over the bar from 10 yards.

Manchester City Women 1-2 Chelsea Ladies

It comes to nothing. Claire Emslie's ball into the box from out wide is easily cleared.