Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea – WSL title race blown wide open! by Michelle
Manchester City leapfrog Chelsea in the Women’s Super League table with a dominant 2-0 win at the City Football Academy; first-half goals from Angeldahl and Hemp inflict second league defeat of the season on Emma Hayes’ side.
Manchester City blew the Women’s Super League title race wide open after dominating a tired-looking Chelsea in a 2-0 win at the City Football Academy.
Chelsea looked fragile defensively throughout the opening period – just four days after beating Lyon in their Champions League quarter-final first leg – and it was Filippa Angeldahl’s arrowing strike which deservedly put City in front on 21 minutes, her first goal in the WSL.
Lauren Hemp doubled City’s lead with a precise finish across goal (30), forcing Chelsea manager Emma Hayes into a double change before the interval. Hayes had stern words with her players at the break but the hosts held firm to inflict only a second league defeat of the season on their opponents.
The result moves City level on 38 points with WSL leaders Manchester United – second only on goal difference – while Chelsea slip to third place, albeit with a game in hand, ahead of their second leg against Lyon on Thursday.
There are now only 3 points separating 1st place United from 4th place Arsenal – Arsenal too have have a game in hand over the Manchester clubs, so are by no means out of contention in the title race.
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