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Arsenal Women 1-2 Chelsea Women: Erin Cuthbert scores twice as Blues beat leaders

Arsenal Women 1-2 Chelsea Women: Erin Cuthbert scores twice as Blues beat leaders

Erin Cuthbert leapt highest to head in Chelsea’s openerErin Cuthbert scored twice as Chelsea survived a late scare to beat Arsenal and move to within two points of the Women’s Super League leaders.The Scotland midfielder put the title holders ahead with a towering header from Hannah Blundell’s pinpoint cross.Chelsea’s Beth England had an effort ruled…

Erin Cuthbert scores for Chelsea

Erin Cuthbert leapt highest to head in Chelsea’s opener

Erin Cuthbert scored twice as Chelsea survived a late scare to beat Arsenal and move to within two points of the Women’s Super League leaders.

The Scotland midfielder put the title holders ahead with a towering header from Hannah Blundell’s pinpoint cross.

Chelsea’s Beth England had an effort ruled out for offside before Cuthbert volleyed in a second from 15 yards.

Vivianne Miedema tapped in to halve Arsenal’s deficit and went close twice more late on, but the visitors held on.

The defeat was only Arsenal’s second of the season, but means second-placed Manchester City will overtake them at the top if they win at West Ham later on Sunday.

Defending WSL champions Chelsea dominated at Meadow Park until the closing stages, with forward Fran Kirby on the bench despite her midweek double in the League Cup.

Joe Montemurro’s Gunners were without 10-goal midfielder Danielle van de Donk through injury and did not register a shot on target until her fellow Netherlands international Miedema claimed her 15th league goal of the campaign – equalling the record season’s tally set last year by Birmingham’s Ellen White.

It was the first goal Chelsea had conceded since a 5-0 thrashing by Arsenal in October and Miedema forced two saves from Blues keeper Hedvig Lindahl as the Gunners came on strong towards the end.

The visitors were also fortunate not to concede a penalty when Jess Carter tugged back Miedema’s shirt in the box, but their overall performance merited the three points.

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

  • 18Peyraud-Magnin
  • 6Williamson
  • 16Quinn
  • 4Arnth JensenSubstituted forVejeat 77'minutes
  • 15McCabe
  • 20Bloodworth
  • 10Little
  • 19Wälti
  • 17Evans
  • 11Miedema
  • 23MeadSubstituted forMitchellat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Veenendaal
  • 2Veje
  • 3Mitchell
  • 24Kuyken

Chelsea Women

  • 1Lindahl
  • 3Blundell
  • 4Bright
  • 16Eriksson
  • 20Andersson
  • 5IngleBooked at 80mins
  • 24Spence
  • 22CuthbertSubstituted forRileyat 66'minutes
  • 10Ji
  • 8CarneyBooked at 38minsSubstituted forKirbyat 67'minutes
  • 15EnglandSubstituted forCarterat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Asante
  • 7Carter
  • 11Riley
  • 14Kirby
  • 21Cooper
  • 23Bachmann
  • 28Telford
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
3,019

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home3
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 2.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Hedvig Lindahl.

Attempt saved. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Jonna Andersson (Chelsea FC Women).

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

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Magdalena Eriksson.

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

Foul by Kim Little (Arsenal Women).

Goal!

Goal! Arsenal Women 1, Chelsea FC Women 2. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kim Little with a cross.

Booking

Sophie Ingle (Chelsea FC Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea FC Women).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Jessica Carter replaces Beth England.

Drew Spence (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal Women. Katrine Veje replaces Janni Arnth.

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

Foul by Ji So-Yun (Chelsea FC Women).

Attempt missed. Francesca Kirby (Chelsea FC Women) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Dominique Bloodworth.

Attempt blocked. Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Chelsea FC Women. Conceded by Louise Quinn.

Jonna Andersson (Chelsea FC Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Katie McCabe (Arsenal Women).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Louise Quinn (Arsenal Women) because of an injury.

Corner, Arsenal Women. Conceded by Hannah Blundell.

Foul by Jonna Andersson (Chelsea FC Women).

Leah Williamson (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Francesca Kirby replaces Karen Carney.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea FC Women. Ali Riley replaces Erin Cuthbert.

Foul by Ji So-Yun (Chelsea FC Women).

Kim Little (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea FC Women).

Lisa Evans (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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