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Manchester City Women 2-2 Chelsea Ladies

Georgia Stanway in action for Manchester City
Georgia Stanway has now scored three WSL 1 goals this season

Georgia Stanway rescued a point for Manchester City in a dramatic top-of-the-table clash with Women's Super League One leaders Chelsea.

Millie Bright found the top corner to open the scoring for Chelsea before Ji So-Yun made it 2-0 with a cool finish.

Nikita Parris met a Demi Stokes cross to reduce the arrears with a powerful header early in the second half.

Both sides had late chances, before Stanway's drilled effort from the edge of the box completed City's fightback.

The draw meant Chelsea's lead over City remains a single point, but they missed numerous opportunities to add to to their lead before City's late leveller.

The visitors dominated before the interval and the chances continued to come despite a much-improved City display.

Fran Kirby, Crystal Dunn and Ramona Bachmann all wasted openings and Chelsea were made to pay when substitute Stanway's sumptuous 86th-minute strike found the top corner.

Manchester City head coach Nick Cushing: "It was a typical Man City v Chelsea game. They're always like cup finals and always all-out war.

"We weren't at the races first half and we know that - we're lacking in a bit of confidence at the moment and there's many reasons for that.

"It feels like a win. I feel the same way and the same excitement I feel after a win and because of the situation.

"Four points is a big margin to make up, so I'm unbelievably proud of the performance in the second half."

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."

Line-ups

Man City Women

  • 26Roebuck
  • 14Morgan
  • 23McManus
  • 5Beattie
  • 3Stokes
  • 8Scott
  • 24Walsh
  • 11ChristiansenSubstituted forStanwayat 66'minutes
  • 17Parris
  • 10NadimSubstituted forRossat 79'minutes
  • 15SpetsmarkSubstituted forEmslieat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bardsley
  • 2Jans
  • 7Lawley
  • 12Stanway
  • 16Ross
  • 18Toone
  • 22Emslie

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 4Bright
  • 6Asante
  • 16Eriksson
  • 3Blundell
  • 18Mjelde
  • 10JiBooked at 79mins
  • 24SpenceSubstituted forCuthbertat 56'minutes
  • 19Dunn
  • 14KirbySubstituted forThorisdottirat 84'minutes
  • 23BachmannSubstituted forAlukoat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 7Davison
  • 8Carney
  • 9Aluko
  • 20Andersson
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 28Telford
Referee:
Simon Mather
Attendance:
1,417

Match Stats

Home TeamMan City WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away25
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City Women 2, Chelsea Ladies 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 2, Chelsea Ladies 2.

Foul by Eniola Aluko (Chelsea Ladies).

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

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Abbie McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Eniola Aluko replaces Ramona Bachmann.

Attempt missed. Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Keira Walsh with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Anita Asante.

Attempt saved. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikita Parris.

Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Crystal Dunn.

Attempt blocked. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City Women 2, Chelsea Ladies 2. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jill Scott.

Attempt missed. Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ramona Bachmann.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Ladies. Maria Thorisdottir replaces Francesca Kirby because of an injury.

Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Claire Emslie (Manchester City Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Jane Ross replaces Nadia Nadim.

Booking

Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Ladies) is shown the yellow card.

Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Ladies).

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

Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Crystal Dunn tries a through ball, but Ramona Bachmann is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Georgia Stanway (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies).

Nikita Parris (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Millie Bright.

Foul by Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies).

Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Ladies).

Jill Scott (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Millie Bright (Chelsea Ladies) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Magdalena Eriksson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Keira Walsh.

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Magdalena Eriksson tries a through ball, but Ramona Bachmann is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City Women. Georgia Stanway replaces Isobel Christiansen.

Corner, Chelsea Ladies. Conceded by Ellie Roebuck.

Attempt missed. Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

Foul by Ramona Bachmann (Chelsea Ladies).

Abbie McManus (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Chelsea Ladies. Hedvig Lindahl tries a through ball, but Francesca Kirby is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women118303162527
2Man City Women1182133112226
3Arsenal Women1062221111020
4Liverpool Women106042013718
5B'ham City Women104151415-113
6Reading Women93331912712
7Sunderland Ladies104061025-1512
8Everton Ladies103071315-29
9Bristol City Women10217527-227
10Yeovil Town Ladies9009031-310
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