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Chelsea Women 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur Women: Beth England's early goal gives Blues derby win

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England stunner gives Chelsea win over Tottenham

Beth England's excellent 25-yard strike gave Chelsea victory over Tottenham in their first Women's Super League match at Stamford Bridge.

England, who made her international debut for Phil Neville's team against Belgium last week, fired into the top-left corner within four minutes.

Chelsea could have extended their lead when Guro Reiten and Drew Spence both hit the woodwork in the second half.

The hosts dominated the game in large parts in front of 24,564 fans at the men's stadium but they were tested by the newly-promoted side.

Spurs were a threat going forward - Rachel Furness and Gemma Davison both had opportunities to equalise either side of half-time.

Chelsea Women v Tottenham
Tottenham's WSL debut was in front of the second-biggest WSL crowd of the weekend

But it was always going to be a difficult afternoon for Tottenham and they were up against it from the off when Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson poked inches wide from an unmarked position.

There was a carnival feel throughout the match, set in place before kick-off with a DJ set from former JLS singer Marvin Humes and countless popcorn stands around Stamford Bridge.

And on the pitch, the 24,000 fans who had picked up free tickets were rewarded with attacking football and a feast of World Cup talent in the Blues line-up, including England defender Millie Bright, Norway's Maren Mjelde and South Korea's Ji So-yun.

The attendance was just over 6,000 short of the record WSL figure set at the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

  • 30Berger
  • 18Mjelde
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 3BlundellSubstituted forAnderssonat 80'minutes
  • 24SpenceSubstituted forCooperat 62'minutes
  • 5Ingle
  • 10Ji
  • 17EngmanSubstituted forCuthbertat 73'minutes
  • 9England
  • 11Reiten

Substitutes

  • 2Thorisdottir
  • 6Asante
  • 20Andersson
  • 21Cooper
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 28Telford
  • 31Fleming

Tottenham Women

  • 22Spencer
  • 29Neville
  • 25Godfrey
  • 11SchillaciBooked at 10mins
  • 15WormSubstituted forAyaneat 85'minutes
  • 3Percival
  • 7Davison
  • 27FurnessBooked at 86mins
  • 10HainesSubstituted forPeplowat 45'minutes
  • 19QuinnSubstituted forAddisonat 73'minutes
  • 16Graham

Substitutes

  • 1Morgan
  • 2Leon
  • 5Mclean
  • 6Filbey
  • 8Peplow
  • 14Addison
  • 23Ayane
Referee:
Amy Fearns
Attendance:
24,564

Match Stats

Home TeamChelsea WomenAway TeamTottenham Women
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Chelsea Women 1, Tottenham Hotspur Women 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea Women 1, Tottenham Hotspur Women 0.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Jenna Schillaci.

Attempt saved. Beth England (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

Foul by Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women).

Angela Addison (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chloe Peplow (Tottenham Hotspur Women).

Attempt blocked. Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Guro Reiten with a cross.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Rachel Furness.

Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ji So-Yun.

Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rosella Ayane (Tottenham Hotspur Women).

Attempt blocked. Maren Mjelde (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Rachel Furness (Tottenham Hotspur Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Deanna Cooper (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rachel Furness (Tottenham Hotspur Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Rosella Ayane replaces Siri Worm.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Attempt blocked. Kit Graham (Tottenham Hotspur Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hannah Godfrey.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jonna Andersson replaces Hannah Blundell.

Ji So-Yun (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kit Graham (Tottenham Hotspur Women).

Attempt blocked. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Beth England.

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Rebecca Spencer.

Beth England (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chloe Peplow (Tottenham Hotspur Women).

Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).

Kit Graham (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Women. Erin Cuthbert replaces Adelina Engman.

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Angela Addison replaces Lucy Quinn.

Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chloe Peplow (Tottenham Hotspur Women).

Attempt missed. Millie Bright (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ashleigh Neville (Tottenham Hotspur Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea Women. Deanna Cooper replaces Drew Spence.

Attempt blocked. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal Women11002113
2Chelsea Women11001013
3Everton Women11001013
4Man City Women11001013
5Reading Women11001013
6Brighton Women10100001
7Bristol City Women10100001
8West Ham Women100112-10
9B'ham City Women100101-10
10Liverpool Women100101-10
11Man Utd Women100101-10
12Tottenham Women100101-10
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