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Reading 1-1 Arsenal: Gunners drop more WSL points in stalemate with Royals

Arsenal dropped further points in their Women's Super League title quest as they were held to a draw at Reading.

Lauren Bruton turned in Emma Mitchell's free-kick to put the Royals ahead against her old side.

But the out-of-sorts Gunners levelled with their first chance when Vivianne Miedema tapped in a rebound after Grace Moloney had saved Jill Roord's header.

Moloney did superbly to turn Roord's point-blank flick around the post as Reading earned a deserved point.

After opening the season with five straight wins, Joe Montemurro's side have taken eight points from their past six matches and sit third.

A week on from their chastening 5-0 home defeat by champions Chelsea, Reading responded with a dominant first half and deserved Bruton's opener, pinning back the title chasers for prolonged spells and troubling their shaky defence.

A positive coronavirus test in their ranks had seen Arsenal's previous match postponed and they struggled to get anything going after a four-week lay-off, yet equalised with their first real chance.

Montemurro responded with a triple change at half-time - with Leah Williamson, Beth Mead and Jen Beattie coming on - but the hosts gave as good as they got until the visitors turned up the heat in the final stages.

Miedema appeared to be held as she volleyed Mead's pinpoint cross over the top from three yards, while Mead shot wide as Reading - who had defender Kristine Leine stretchered off late on - held out for a fifth draw in eight matches to stay sixth.

Line-ups

Reading Women

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Moloney
  • 2LeineSubstituted forWilliamsat 90+4'minutes
  • 14Cooper
  • 5Bartrip
  • 3Mitchell
  • 9Eikeland
  • 8FishlockBooked at 58minsSubstituted forHarriesat 82'minutes
  • 6James
  • 23Rowe
  • 11Harding
  • 10BrutonSubstituted forCarterat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Williams
  • 16Nayler
  • 18Carter
  • 29Skeels
  • 31Roberts
  • 32Childerhouse
  • 36Harries
  • 72Stewart

Arsenal Women

Formation 3-2-4-1

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 15McCabe
  • 4PattenSubstituted forBeattieat 45'minutes
  • 3Wubben-MoyBooked at 26minsSubstituted forWilliamsonat 45'minutes
  • 14Roord
  • 13WältiBooked at 76mins
  • 21GutSubstituted forMeadat 45'minutes
  • 10Little
  • 7van de DonkSubstituted forFoordat 69'minutes
  • 11Miedema
  • 17Evans

Substitutes

  • 5Beattie
  • 6Williamson
  • 9Mead
  • 16Maritz
  • 18Williams
  • 19Foord
  • 20Maier
  • 24Stenson
  • 30Mace
Referee:
Lisa Benn

Match Stats

Home TeamReading WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading Women 1, Arsenal Women 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading Women 1, Arsenal Women 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Beth Mead (Arsenal Women).

  4. Post update

    Rachel Rowe (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading Women. Fara Williams replaces Kristine Leine because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kim Little.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading Women. Emma Harries replaces Jess Fishlock because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Kristine Leine.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Reading Women. Conceded by Manuela Zinsberger.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Reading Women. Conceded by Jill Roord.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Natasha Harding (Reading Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rachel Rowe.

  12. Booking

    Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lia Wälti (Arsenal Women).

  14. Post update

    Jess Fishlock (Reading Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Caitlin Foord.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Grace Moloney.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jill Roord (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Reading Women. Kristine Leine tries a through ball, but Natasha Harding is caught offside.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal Women. Caitlin Foord replaces Daniëlle van de Donk.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea Women108203062426
2Man Utd Women1182128111726
3Arsenal Women117223993023
4Man City Women106313092121
5Everton Women105232115617
6Reading Women123541421-714
7Tottenham Women103341318-512
8B'ham City Women9315913-410
9Brighton Women11236719-129
10West Ham Women102171324-117
11Aston Villa Women9207824-166
12Bristol City Women11029649-432
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