Women’s Super League: Liverpool 2-3 Arsenal

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Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema scored her 15th and 16th goals of the Women’s Super League season to help earn the Gunners a gripping 3-2 win at relegation-threatened Liverpool.

The Netherlands star poked the visitors level after Rinsola Babajide had slotted Liverpool in to an early lead.

England’s Jordan Nobbs headed Arsenal in front but Rachel Furness equalised clinically on the stroke of half-time.

Miedema then nodded in Leonie Maier’s cross in a tense second half to win it.

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For 23-year-old Miedema, her goals were her first in the league in 2020 but stretched her lead as the WSL’s top scorer, moving her three clear of second-placed Beth England of Chelsea.

The result saw the Gunners stay third in the league standings, three points behind leaders Manchester City and two behind second-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

Victory was much-needed for Joe Montemurro’s side, following their back-to-back defeats to their two title rivals in their previous two league matches.

The defence of their title remains out of their hands but they could reduce the deficit further on 23 February if they win at home to Reading on the day that Manchester City host Chelsea.

Beth Mead

For Liverpool, the defeat was their ninth from 13 league games this term but they showed enough quality to give themselves hope of escaping relegation.

The lively Babajide used her pace to latch on to Furness’ lobbed ball to open the scoring and then the Northern Ireland midfielder lashed in superbly to make it 2-2 moments before the break.

However, the Reds rarely called Arsenal keeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin in to action in the second half and Vicky Jepson’s side remain above the drop zone only on goal-difference.

Just 660 fans were in attendance for the game, which was moved to Chester’s Deva Stadium because of problems with the pitch at Liverpool Women’s usual shared home of Prenton Park, Tranmere Rovers men’s ground.

Among the spectators was England boss Phil Neville, who will have been more than concerned by a painful-looking injury suffered by the Lionesses’ Arsenal forward Beth Mead in the second half.

England’s defence of their SheBelieves Cup title begins against the hosts the United States on 5 March [00:00 GMT on 6 March].

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Liverpool Women

  • 1Preuss
  • 22Jane
  • 6Bradley-AucklandBooked at 5mins
  • 5Fahey
  • 3RobeBooked at 52mins
  • 27Furness
  • 8BaileySubstituted forClarkeat 85′minutes
  • 11Lawley
  • 24LinnettSubstituted forRobertsat 68′minutes
  • 17CharlesSubstituted forHodsonat 81′minutes
  • 20BabajideBooked at 86mins

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 7Clarke
  • 10Murray
  • 13Foster
  • 14Hodson
  • 19Rodgers
  • 23Purfield

Arsenal Women

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 20Maier
  • 16Quinn
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 15McCabeBooked at 61minsSubstituted forFilisat 89′minutes
  • 7van de Donk
  • 6Williamson
  • 8Nobbs
  • 17Evans
  • 11Miedema
  • 23MeadSubstituted forBeattieat 54′minutesBooked at 58mins

Substitutes

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 5Beattie
  • 26Grant
  • 27Filis
  • 30Mace
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
660

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpool WomenAway TeamArsenal Women
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool Women 2, Arsenal Women 3.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Rhiannon Roberts.

Attempt saved. Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Offside, Arsenal Women. Lisa Evans tries a through ball, but Jordan Nobbs is caught offside.

Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Viktoria Schnaderbeck.

Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jessica Clarke (Liverpool Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Melisa Filis replaces Katie McCabe.

Foul by Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women).

Rhiannon Roberts (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Leighanne Robe.

Booking

Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Jessica Clarke replaces Jade Bailey.

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

Foul by Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Ashley Hodson replaces Niamh Charles.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool Women 2, Arsenal Women 3. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leonie Maier with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool Women. Conceded by Leonie Maier.

Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jade Bailey (Liverpool Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool Women. Rhiannon Roberts replaces Kirsty Linnett.

Attempt saved. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Nobbs.

Attempt missed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).

Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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

Foul by Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women).

Booking

Jennifer Beattie (Arsenal Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jennifer Beattie (Arsenal Women).

Niamh Charles (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leonie Maier (Arsenal Women).

Kirsty Linnett (Liverpool Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Jennifer Beattie replaces Beth Mead because of an injury.

Booking

Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leighanne Robe (Liverpool Women).

Second Half

Second Half begins Liverpool Women 2, Arsenal Women 2.

goal

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