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

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.

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

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

Substitutes

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

Arsenal Women

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

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 4Arnth Jensen
  • 9Carter
  • 12Samuelsson
  • 22Schnaderbeck
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
506

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home4
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away1
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool Women 1, Arsenal Women 5.

Full Time

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

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.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Sophie Bradley.

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

Foul by Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool Women).

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

Substitution

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Annabel Blanchard replaces Yana Daniels.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Viktoria Schnaderbeck replaces Leah Williamson.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women).

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.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jessica Samuelsson replaces Lisa Evans.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Danielle Carter replaces Beth Mead.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Women 0, Arsenal Women 4. Dominique Bloodworth (Arsenal Women) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Katrine Veje with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Ashley Hodson replaces Rinsola Babajide.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Women 0, Arsenal Women 3. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right to the top left corner. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Katrine Veje (Arsenal Women) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniëlle van de Donk.

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women).

Attempt blocked. Laura Coombs (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Christie Murray.

Foul by Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women).

Christie Murray (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Katie McCabe.

Katrine Veje (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yana Daniels (Liverpool Women).

Attempt missed. Daniëlle van de Donk (Arsenal Women) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Vivianne Miedema with a headed pass.

Second Half

Second Half begins Liverpool Women 0, Arsenal Women 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Liverpool Women 0, Arsenal Women 2.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
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 Ladies152310927-189
11Yeovil Town Ladies151113943-344
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