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Arsenal Women 3-1 Birmingham City Women: Gunners extend 100% WSL start

By Michael BeardmoreBBC Sport

Arsenal maintained their 100% start to the Women's Super League season with a hard-earned win over Birmingham City.

After a goalless first half, the Gunners broke the deadlock when Jordan Nobbs fired home from Beth Mead's pass.

Blues levelled within a minute through Emma Follis' finish from a tight angle, but Danielle van de Donk put Arsenal back in front from the penalty spot.

Nobbs steered home a Lisa Evans cross in injury time to seal a seventh league win in seven games for the Gunners.

Third-placed Blues had kept five clean sheets in their opening six games and frustrated Arsenal for long periods, although City keeper Ann-Katrin Berger did have to make fine saves from Nobbs and Mead.

When Follis dinked over Gunners keeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin to immediately cancel out Nobbs' opener, it seemed Blues could become the first team to take a point off the Gunners - but Aoife Mannion's tug on Evans for the match-turning penalty proved to be a pivotal moment.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 17Evans
  • 6Williamson
  • 16Quinn
  • 3Mitchell
  • 19Wälti
  • 7van de Donk
  • 15McCabeSubstituted forSamuelssonat 79'minutes
  • 8Nobbs
  • 23MeadSubstituted forKemmeat 90'minutes
  • 11Miedema

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 12Samuelsson
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 21Kemme
  • 24Kuyken

B'ham City Women

  • 30Berger
  • 23Scott
  • 25MannionBooked at 67mins
  • 3Sargeant
  • 6Harrop
  • 7Arthur
  • 37StaniforthBooked at 83mins
  • 14FollisSubstituted forQuinnat 75'minutes
  • 18Scofield
  • 8MaylingSubstituted forHaylesat 84'minutes
  • 15Wellings

Substitutes

  • 2Williams
  • 11Quinn
  • 21Hayles
  • 29Hampton
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
1,431

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamB'ham City Women
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal Women 3, Birmingham City Women 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 3, Birmingham City Women 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Arsenal Women 3, Birmingham City Women 1. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lisa Evans.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lisa Evans with a cross.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Tabea Kemme replaces Beth Mead because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) because of an injury.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City Women. Shania Hayles replaces Sarah Mayling.

  9. Booking

    Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City Women).

  11. Post update

    Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jessica Samuelsson (Arsenal Women).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City Women) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth with a cross following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City Women. Conceded by Lia Wälti.

  16. Post update

    Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women).

  18. Post update

    Ann-Katrin Berger (Birmingham City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jessica Samuelsson (Arsenal Women).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jessica Samuelsson replaces Katie McCabe because of an injury.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women77003443021
2Man City Women85302662018
3B'ham City Women741276113
4Chelsea Women834155013
5Reading Women732298111
6Liverpool Women7304411-79
7Bristol City Women7223511-68
8West Ham Women7214816-87
9Brighton Women7115515-104
10Yeovil United7106519-143
11Everton Women6024411-72
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