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This season’s WSL title race stays finely poised after the Blues shared in the present day’s spoils with our nearest rivals.

In entrance of a giant crowd on the Emirates Stadium with a sold-out Chelsea part, a debated penalty award early within the second half led to Kim Little placing the house facet forward however with time operating out, Sam Kerr headed in her eleventh aim of the season to assert a degree.

Though the outcome brings an finish to the Blues run of 9 consecutive wins on this competitors, Emma Hayes facet keep our three-point lead within the desk though we’ve got performed one sport greater than the Gunners.

With a lot at stake this Sunday lunchtime, it was a comparatively cagey first half. Arsenal, who had been lacking strikers Beth Mead and Vivianne Miedema because of long-term accidents, had all of the pictures heading in the right direction in first 45 minutes however none that appeared prone to rating. Chelsea’s most promising second was early on when Lauren James fired broad.

Zecira Musovic pulled off an excellent save quickly after the restart however was comprehensively crushed by the penalty. Nonetheless we stayed within the sport and though the Gunners will rue not seeing out a win on a day when Chelsea didn’t create an awesome deal, when you might have Kerr you at all times have an opportunity.

This, on Chelsea Ladies’s third go to to the Emirates, was our first level taken right here.

The choice

Emma Hayes made only one change from the earlier sport again on December 22. Jessie Fleming was most well-liked to Fran Kirby because the central attacking midfielder.

Regular early strategy from either side

The Blues’ final outing was three days earlier than Christmas, the spectacular Champions League win over PSG at Stamford Bridge. Since then there was a heat climate coaching camp in Spain earlier than a return to motion in a vibrant however chilly London in the present day.

The stakes forward of this sport had been excessive, with Chelsea harboring our three-point lead over Arsenal within the WSL desk however understanding the Gunners have that sport in hand.

Lauren James virtually gave the Blues the best begin when she robbed Arsenal defender Rafaelle Souza close to midway and superior and shot, however her effort flew previous the far publish.

Erin Cuthbert tried to ship Kerr via with a barely over-hit lengthy move earlier than it was the house group’s flip to counter-attack, however Lina Hurtig’s shot was far too tame to bother Musovic, as was Caitlin Foord’s after she wrestled the ball previous Niamh Charles.

Frida Maanum struck yet another powerfully throughout what was changing into a great spell for Arsenal but it surely was straight at our goalie.

Chelsea steadied and Cuthbert had the misfortune of seeing one in every of her thunderbolts inadvertently blocked by Kerr. We had reached the halfway level of the half goalless and with either side sustaining their form effectively.

A strike by Gunners midfielder Lia Walti did look to hold a menace however Kadeisha Buchanan was alert and dived to divert it broad. After a Millie Brilliant clearance had been charged down, Hurtig rippled the Chelsea side-netting.

The Blues pressed ahead extra within the closing phases of the primary half and earned some corners, one despatched broad by a downward Kerr header, however the basic feeling at half-time was that there was extra to come back on this sport but.

Setback comes rapidly


Musovic was referred to as upon to make her first troublesome save as Arsenal began the second half strongly. A cross got here in from the left and Hurtig was there to go it down from shut vary. Our goalie made a reflex cease after which grabbed the ball on the second try. Nonetheless it proved to be a momentary respect.

Chelsea had been aggrieved {that a} penalty was awarded towards Charles for a shove on Foord with virtually all of the contact going down earlier than they crossed the road into the realm, however the spot-kick was awarded nonetheless.

Gunners captain Little despatched Musovic the flawed means together with her strike. There have been 57 minutes performed.

Fran Kirby and Eve Perisset had been introduced on as Hayes appeared for her group to react.

Sophie Ingle flashed a shot off course however Musovic had been pressured into additional saves, together with tipping a looping ball in from Foord onto her personal crossbar.

level saved

Late on nevertheless Eriksson had a header saved after a free-kick was nodded again her means and James noticed a shot blocked. The Blues had been striving our hardest to salvage one thing from this sport. Cuthbert had successive pictures blocked throughout a scramble after which Perisset hit the sidenetting.

However with the 90 minutes virtually up, reward was on its means. One other substitute Jelena Cankovic despatched in a candy supply, Kerr had timed her run completely, and her header de ella was unstoppable!

What’s subsequent?

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Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Musovic; Charles (Perisset 62), Buchanan, Brilliant, Eriksson (c) (Rytting Kaneryd 86); Cuthbert, Groin (Cankovic 81); James, Fleming (Kirby 62), Reiten; Kerr.

Unused subs: Berger, Carter, Svitkova, Mjelde, Abdullina.

Scorer Kerr 89

Booked: James 39

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Zinsberger, Wienroither, Williamson, Souza, Catley; Little (c), Walti; Hurtig (Martiz 81), Maanum, Foord; blackstenius.

Unused subs: D’Angelo, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, McCabe, Pelova, Kuhl, Iwabuchi, Queiroz.

Scorer: Little 57 pen

Booked: McCabe 88

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