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Liverpool Women 1-5 Arsenal Women: Beth Mead goals help Gunners go top

By James LawBBC Sport
Dominique Bloodworth (right) stooped to head in Arsenal's fourth
Dominique Bloodworth's header went in off Liverpool defender Sophie Bradley

Beth Mead scored twice as Arsenal moved top of the Women's Super League with a resounding victory at Liverpool.

Kim Little guided in Katie McCabe's low cross and Mead added a second for Arsenal when her strike squeezed past Anke Preuss and was eventually given.

The visitors led 3-0 when Mead's mishit cross floated in at the far post, with Dominique Bloodworth heading a fourth.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's penalty gave Liverpool a consolation before Vivianne Miedema netted late on for the Gunners.

Joe Montemurro's Arsenal are a point clear with a game in hand on title rivals Manchester City, who they face on the final day of the season.

Liverpool keeper Preuss will be disappointed with each of Arsenal's first two goals, Little's finish bobbling over her outstretched hand and England striker Mead beating her at her near post from an angle.

Mead's first was not initially awarded by the assistant, but was given by the referee once it was established the ball had gone the right side of the post.

Her second was similar to the goal she scored for England against Brazil in the SheBelieves Cup last month, though on this occasion Mead was trying to find a team-mate in the box.

Arsenal need nine points from their final four matches for their first WSL title since 2012, meaning they will be champions by the time they play City on 12 May if they win their next three games.


Liverpool Women

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Preuss
  • 3Robe
  • 6Bradley
  • 19Rodgers
  • 23Purfield
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forBlanchardat 83'minutes
  • 8Coombs
  • 10Murray
  • 9Sweetman-Kirk
  • 24LinnettBooked at 78minsSubstituted forKearnsat 85'minutes
  • 20BabajideSubstituted forHodsonat 66'minutes


  • 5Fahey
  • 18Kitching
  • 21Kearns
  • 27Blanchard
  • 36Hodson

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 17EvansSubstituted forSamuelssonat 74'minutes
  • 6WilliamsonSubstituted forSchnaderbeckat 83'minutes
  • 16Quinn
  • 2Veje
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 15McCabe
  • 10Little
  • 7van de Donk
  • 23MeadSubstituted forCarterat 68'minutes
  • 11Miedema


  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 4Arnth Jensen
  • 9Carter
  • 12Samuelsson
  • 22Schnaderbeck
Helen Conley

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 5.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Sophie Bradley.

  5. Post update

    Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool Women).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool Women. Missy Bo Kearns replaces Kirsty Linnett.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 5. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Katie McCabe.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool Women. Annabel Blanchard replaces Yana Daniels.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Viktoria Schnaderbeck replaces Leah Williamson.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominique Bloodworth.

  13. Booking

    Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 4. Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (Liverpool Women) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

  17. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Katrine Veje (Arsenal Women) after a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Penalty Liverpool Women. Yana Daniels draws a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jessica Samuelsson replaces Lisa Evans.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool Women. Laura Coombs tries a through ball, but Courtney Sweetman-Kirk is caught offside.

As It Stood

1Arsenal Women16140262125042
2Man City Women17125049143541
3Chelsea Women17105234112335
4B'ham City Women159152014628
5Bristol City Women177461426-1225
6West Ham Women166192129-819
7Reading Women155372224-218
8Liverpool Women1651101231-1916
9Brighton Women1734101233-2113
10Everton Women152310927-189
11Yeovil United151113943-344
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