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WSL roundup - gameweek 14

Ali Rampling
Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners against Manchester City
Chelsea ran out 1-0 winners against Manchester City / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages
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Chelsea reduced the gap between themselves and WSL table-toppers Arsenal to just two points after the Blues ran out 1-0 winners over Manchester City this weekend after the Gunners had left it late to rescue a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

Elsewhere in the WSL, Leicester claimed three vital points in their bid to avoid the drop over relegation rivals Birmingham, while Tottenham made up ground in the race for Europe.

Here's everything that happened on gameweek 14 in the WSL.


Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United

Arsenal came from a goal down to rescue a point late on against Manchester United, despite being reduced to 10 players for the final 15 minutes after Katie McCabe's red card.

United took the lead inside 10 minutes through Alessia Russo's bullet header, and had a golden opportunity to double their advantage in the second half but Ella Toone fired wide.

McCabe saw red before Stina Blackstenius hit her first Arsenal goal to level the scores, with Vivianne Miedema providing the sublime assist.


Chelsea 1-0 Manchester City

Guro Reiten's deft header early in the first half proved decisive as Chelsea were 1-0 victors over Manchester City at a sell-out Kingsmeadow.

City grew into the game and pushed for an equaliser but came up against a robust Chelsea side, with Jess Carter, Millie Bright and Aniek Nouwen particularly outstanding at the back for Emma Hayes' side.

The result leaves things tantalisingly poised at the top of the WSL ahead of Friday's increasingly mouthwatering clash between Chelsea and Arsenal, which is another Kingsmeadow sell-out.


Birmingham 1-2 Leicester

Leicester came out on top in their relegation six pointer against Birmingham with a 2-0 victory at St Andrew's.

Birmingham were forced to play over an hour with 10 players after goalkeeper Emily Ramsey was dismissed for a foul on Jess Sigsworth. The former Manchester United striker dispatched the resultant spot kick to give the Foxes the lead.

Leicester doubled their advantage before the break, Jemma Purfield's in-swinging corner bouncing at the near post and curling straight in. Louise Quinn's header five minutes from time gave Birmingham a lifeline, but Leicester hung on to lift themselves side five points clear of their midlands rivals at the WSL basement.


Tottenham 4-0 Brighton

Tottenham kept themselves in the hunt for Champions League football with a comprehensive victory over Brighton.

Kyah Simon casually lofted the ball over Megan Walsh to give Spurs a 1-0 lead at the break, before Rehanne Skinner's side hit three goals in the space of six second half minutes to put the game beyond the reach of Brighton.

Ashleigh Neville and Shelina Zadorsky were on the scoresheet for Spurs, before Simon netted her second to complete the scoring. Tottenham sit one point behind Manchester United in the final Champions League spot.


Everton 1-2 Reading

The first match of the post-Jean-Luc Vasseur era at Everton ended in defeat, as Reading came from behind with two second half goals to beat the Toffees 2-1.

With Chris Roberts and Claire Ditchburn in temporary charge, Everton got off to a dream start as Anna Anvegard poked home Claire Emslie's cross inside five minutes.

Izzy Christiansen was denied by Grace Moloney from the penalty spot, before Reading netted twice inside 15 minutes - first through former Everton fan favourite Natasha Dowie and then Tia Primmer - as the Royals continued their recent rich vein of form.


Aston Villa - West Ham

West Ham moved level on points with Manchester City with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

The Hammers opened the scoring inside 12 minutes, Abbey-Leigh Stringer capitalising on a mistake from Hannah Hampton to poke home.

Alisha Lehmann drew Villa level from the penalty spot, but Carla Ward's side played themselves into trouble as they attempted to pass out from the back and Katerina Svitkova pounced, finishing through the legs of Hampton.


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