Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea: Sam Kerr’s final minute header ensures the spoils are shared in top-of-the-table WSL conflict on the Emirates after Kim Little’s penalty put Gunners forward
- Arsenal and Chelsea shared the spoils within the top-of-the-table conflict at Emirates
- Kim Little opened the scoring with a penalty at hand Arsenal a deserved lead
- However Sam Kerr ensured Chelsea took a degree with a header one minute from time
- Emma Hayes’ facet stay three factors forward of Arsenal, who’ve sport in hand
If this London derby is something to go by then the Girls’s Tremendous League title race will go all the way down to the wire as soon as once more.
It seemed prefer it was going to be benefit Arsenal after Kim Little’s second half penalty put the Gunners deservedly within the lead. However a below-par Chelsea have been rescued by the ever-reliable Sam Kerr, who headed in an excellent 89th minute equaliser.
It isn’t simply these two groups within the race for the title. Manchester United are scorching on the tails of each London golf equipment whereas Metropolis will really feel they don’t seem to be fairly out of it but.
Sam Kerr struck a late header for Chelsea within the top-of-the-table conflict with Arsenal
Arsenal went forward within the 57th minute via Kim Little’s (centre) properly taken penalty
Arsenal (4-3-3): Zinsberger, Wienroither, Rafaelle, Williamson, Catley, Walti, Little, Maanum, Foord, Blackstenius, Hurtig (McCabe 81)
Subs not used: D’Angelo, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Maritz, Queiroz, Pelova, Kuhl, Iwabuchi
objectives: Little 57
Supervisor: Jonas Eidevall
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Musovic, Charles (Perisset 62), Buchanan, Vivid, Eriksson (Kaneryd 86), Ingle (Cankovic 81) Cuthbert, James, Fleming (Kirby 63), Reiten, Kerr
Subs not used: Berger, Carter, Svitkova, Mjelde, Abdullina.
objectives: Kerr 89
Supervisor: Emma Hayes
Referee: Emily Heaslip
Arsenal have been made to pay for failing to kill off the sport regardless of various clear-cut probabilities whereas Chelsea’s perseverance demonstrated why they’ve been champions three years working.
This was probably the most anticipated sport of the season up to now however hundreds of followers have been pissed off as they discovered themselves caught exterior the Emirates in scenes described as ‘harmful’. Over 46,000 tickets had been bought for the top-of-the-table conflict and there have been heavy queues at tube stations and on method to the stadium.
Supporters have been crammed intently collectively by turnstile entrances and Mark Easton, the BBC’s Dwelling Editor, was caught up within the queues and described the scenes as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘fairly harmful’.
Arsenal insisted their matchday operation was the identical as each different fixture and occasion on the Emirates and blamed the delays on 50 per cent of supporters turning up 20 minutes earlier than kick-off.
The Gunners’ ending meant these followers arriving late didn’t miss any objectives. Jonas Eidevall had admitted earlier than kick-off he can be dissatisfied if Arsenal did not handle to signal a prolific goalscorer earlier than the top of the switch window and the primary half probabilities his facet wasted confirmed why.
Lina Hurtig might solely ship a tame shot at Zecira Musovic after being performed via by Stina Blackstenius, with the latter then firing one other effort into the arms of the Chelsea goalkeeper. Frida Maanum was subsequent to get a transparent sight of purpose however she too might solely hit a shot straight down the center.
Chelsea seemed harmful on the break with the tempo of Lauren James inflicting the Gunners’ back-line issues. Nevertheless it was the hosts who continued to have the higher alternatives as Hurtig pressured Musovic right into a improbable save with a close-range header. Ultimately the breakthrough got here however in controversial circumstances.
The draw on the Emirates stadium ensures Chelsea stay three factors forward of Arsenal
Arsenal will rue their missed probabilities, having dominated nearly all of the sport
Foord drove down the left and was bundled over by Niamh Charles as she approached the field, with referee Emily Heaslip awarding a penalty. Chelsea’s gamers have been livid and replays confirmed that they had a case because the contact from Charles began exterior the field. However there was nothing they or Musovic might do as Little stepped as much as coolly convert the spot-kick into the fitting nook of the online.
It ought to have been 2-0 minutes after the restart as Foord noticed an effort cleared off the road by Charles. Arsenal have been throughout Chelsea and Musovic was pressured to make one other positive cease as she tipped Steph Catley’s lengthy vary shot onto the bar.
These missed probabilities would come again to hang-out Arsenal as Kerr introduced Chelsea stage with solely their second effort on the right track. Substitute Jelena Cankovic despatched in a improbable cross which Kerr met to emphatically energy a header previous Manuela Zinsberger. It was the striker’s first sight of purpose. That’s the distinction. Kerr solely wanted one likelihood. Arsenal’s forwards could not end any. That must change if they’re to take the title again from their London rivals.