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02-08-2021, 05:31 PM -
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This weekend was a reminder that even in the relatively predictable world of top-tier women’s soccer, no game can be taken for granted. Both teams at the top of the Women’s Super League fell in a pair of shocking upsets on Sunday afternoon.

Reading got the party started by shutting out a very talented Manchester United side that had most of their top players in the starting lineup. After holding Christen Press, Ella Toone, and the rest of United off the scoreboard for the first half, Reading pounced in front with two quick goals shortly after the hour mark. Natasha Harding poked home a corner in the 63d minute and Danielle Carter headed home a free kick two minutes later. Reading held Manchester United scoreless for the remaining 25 minutes plus stoppage time to escape Manchester with a most unexpected 2-0 victory.

Chelsea looked set to have a routine afternoon at home against Brighton a couple hours later when Sam Kerr scored in just the fifth minute of play, but Brighton had other ideas on its trip to the capital to defeat the champions and current leaders 2-1. Aileen Whelan equalized three minutes after the Kerr opener and Brighton’s defense would hold on after that. They bagged their three points in the 78th minute with a true golazo. Megan Connolly hooked a corner in from the left side of the goal and it took a slight touch of Chelsea goalkeeper Carly Telford and into the back of the net for a rare WSL Olimpico goal.

Meanwhile, in the match that was expected to be the highlight of the women’s soccer weekend, Manchester City picked up a 79th-minute winner from Lauren Hemp to take down a struggling Arsenal 2-1. Ellen White also scored for City, but her finish was cancelled out by a second-half equalizer from Caitlin Foord. Abby Dahlkemper picked up her first start and went the full 90 minutes in the City backline. Sam Mewis remained sidelined with an injury while Rose Lavelle was an unused sub.
Despite the defeats, Chelsea and Manchester United are still first and second in the WSL, but Manchester City is only two points back with a game in hand.
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Manchester City staked its claim on the title race with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over crosstown rivals Manchester United. Neither side had its full complement of players as both City and United were missing some of their American firepower. Sam Mewis remains sidelined for Manchester CIty and Manchester United is without Tobin Heath for the foreseeable future, but only one side looked weaker for it. City instead relied on their English star power in the form of Lucy Bronze and her 23rd-minute opener. Bronze and company managed to continue to control the flow of play until Lauren Hemp doubled the lead in the 71st minute and Caroline Weir made it three only seven minutes later.

City is still behind the leaders Chelsea by five points (with a game in hand) after the Blues dismantled Bristol City, 5-0. Fran Kirby led the way with goals in the 14th and 40th minutes while Pernille Harder, Sam Kerr, and Beth England also added goals in the rout. The win brings Chelsea up to 38 points through 15 games while City sits on 33 points with only 14 games played.

Arsenal had yet another game postponed as its match against Aston Villa was called off due to poor pitch conditions at Aston Villa’s home of Banks Stadium. The Gunners remain nine points back of Manchester United for third place, but they now have a pair of games in hand over their Champions League contending rivals.


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