Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City: Women’s Super League – live reaction | Women’s Super League

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Here’s the winning goal …

City were the better team overall throughout but they were not clinical in front of goal. Arsenal are now level on points with City.

Keating is in tears after her mistake cost her side a point at least. Her teammates run to comfort the 19-year-old.

Full time! Arsenal 2-1 Man City

A lucky victory for the Gunners.

90+17 mins: Keating gathers a shot from Maanum and whacks the ball down the pitch but it comes straight back at City.

90+16 mins: It does not look like City will get an equaliser here. Although Arsenal try to help with some indecision in defence but Zinsberger clears in the end.

90+14 mins: City need to speed things up here. It is all a touch slow.

90+12 mins: Fowler cuts in from the left and pings a shot at goal which Zinsberger does well to tip over.

90+10 mins: We could have another 10 minutes or so by my reckoning.

McCabe is booked for late foul.

Keating comes out to collect a long ball and does so successfully.

90+8 mins: We will restart with the kick-off after the goal more than 10 minutes ago.

90+6 mins: The referee is speaking to someone from security at the stadium as information is relayed.

90+4 mins: The referee speaks to both captains about what is going on. I do not think we will be getting a restart soon after all. The players are giving some balls to keep warm with.

90+3 mins: The delay is giving Keating plenty of time to think about her error. She does not seem to have recovered. We are closing on a restart.

90+2 mins: We will have 10 minutes added on but the game is still stopped.

90+1 mins: Castellanos is on too, with Kelly off.

90 mins: There is a medical emergency in the crowd and we have a delay.

89 mins: Late changes … Beattie and Maritz, on for Catley and Foord. Park is on for City in place of Hemp.

87 mins: McCabe pings a long ball over the top and Keating comes rushing out but misjudges the bounce. The ball flicks off her head – and her arm, I think – allowing Blackstenius to rush onto it and knock into a very empty. Keating looks absolutely gutted.

GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Man City (Blackstenius, 87)

A horrific error from Keating allows Blackstenius to knock into an empty net.

Arsenal’s Stina Blackstenius (left) scores their side’s second goal. Photograph: John Walton/PA

86 mins: Another poor Zinsberger clearance goes straight to Kelly, who is around 25 yards out and aims to stick the ball into the net but sends her effort high and wide.

84 mins: Kelly has a quiet word with referee Welch about the penalty appeal. Kelly irks the referee by clearing away her disappearing foam before taking a free-kick. It’s all very pantomime.

82 mins: Hemp chips a ball to the back post for Shaw but she finds herself on the deck after a classic push in the back from Catley. The referee does not see it as an infringement but it should be a penalty.

Arsenal still have the option to bring on Miedema …

80 mins: Foord gets into the box but Casparij nicks it off her feet with the perfect tackle.

78 mins: Arsenal are looking a touch pedestrian here. There is little pressing or movement off the ball to get things going.

Hemp gets down the left but falls over the ball and then grabs it with her hand to give away a free-kick.

76 mins: City have been the far better side since the break. They look the more likely to win this.

75 mins: Blackstenius comes on for Russo who has been incredibly quiet.

74 mins: Keating comes through a crowd to claim a Maanum cross but leaves her captain Aleixandri on the deck. Good goalkeeping.

72 mins: Hemp smart run into the box earns her space to cross. The original shot is blocked but Shaw receives a pass and lays the ball into the path of Kelly who fires home via a slight deflection.

GOAL! Arsenal 1-1 Man City (Kelly, 72)

City are level!

Chloe Kelly of Manchester City scores.
Chloe Kelly of Manchester City scores. Photograph: Paul Harding/Getty Images

70 mins: Plenty of possession in the middle of the park but not much happening in either box. City on top at the moment.

67 mins: Zinsberger has caught every cross that is sent into the box. Kelly’s chips one and the goalkeeper, under pressure from Shaw, claims the ball. City need to be better with their delivery.

Manuela Zinsberger.
Manuela Zinsberger. Photograph: Alex Burstow/Arsenal FC/Getty Images

64 mins: Mead starts a counter but few players are quick enough to keep up with her, which slows things down. They do eventually make it into the City box but Maanum’s cross is collected by Keating.

62 mins: City have done some defensive rejigging with those subs. Blakstad, traditionally a midfielder is at left-back.

61 mins: And some City changes: Morgan and Ouahabi off, Blackstad and Casparij on.

60 mins: Hemp chips a cross for Shaw to attack, she gets a head on it but watches her effort hit the post.

Arsenal changes: Mead and Maanum on, Lacasse and Pelova off.

58 mins: Foord gets down the left and pulls the ball back to Little but she cannot get a shot away and City retrieve and eventually clear.

The second half has been pretty even. It’s a good game.

57 mins: Kelly sends a dangerous cross along the six-yard line. It is just ahead of Shaw and then Hemp completely miscues at the back post as City fail to make the most of the chance.

55 mins: She seems to be unable to move her shoulder, which makes one wonder if it is dislocated. She makes it back onto the pitch but is not moving well at all.

54 mins: It looks like Shaw has hurt her shoulder. The medics are on and doing a few tests. It would be a loss if she had to go off.

53 mins: Arsenal counter on City but Foord’s cross into the box is pretty wayward and the defence clear.

Shaw is taken down from behind by Foord, who adds herself to the list of players cautioned. It is a cynical challenge to stop a counter and it leaves Shaw in some pain.

51 mins: Shaw beats the offside trap and drives into the box but she is at difficult angle and can only fire into the sidenetting.

She gets another chance soon after but once again cannot find the target, this time from the edge of the box.

Arsenal have realised they just need to whack goal-kicks as far down the pitch as possible. A sensible policy.

Khadija Shaw of Manchester City.
Khadija Shaw of Manchester City. Photograph: Jacques Feeney/Offside/Getty Images

49 mins: Not much quality in the early stages of the second half.

47 mins: Roord dissects the Arsenal defence, Kelly latches onto the pass but takes it a little too wide and drags her shot past the far post.

Second half

Here we go again!

Half time! Arsenal 1-0 Man City

After a promising start for City, they have struggled to get into the match since Arsenal scored. It was a fine goal from Catley but Arsenal will think they should be two up after Little failed from the spot.

45+2 mins: Little drives down the right flank, avoiding a couple of challenges before pinging a cross into the box but it takes a deflection and Keating gobbles it up.

45 mins: Hemp pops up on the right and swings in a cross for Shaw to attack but she is on her heels and cannot reach it with an outstretched leg.

Lauren Hemp of Manchester City is challenged by Victoria Pelova of Arsenal.
Lauren Hemp of Manchester City is challenged by Victoria Pelova of Arsenal. Photograph: Paul Harding/Getty Images

Four minutes added on.

43 mins: An Arsenal corner is sent into the box and flicked towards the back post. There is a plenty of panic but, after a delay, City manage to whack it clear.

40 mins: BBC kindly clear up that Lacasse was booked earlier. So we have … Lacasse, Pelova and Walti booked for Arsenal with Keating, Ouahabi and Hemp for City.

38 mins: Roord shoots from the edge of the box and Zinsberger does well to palm it away because it takes a deflection on the way. Kelly picks up the ball on the right and chips a cross to the back post where Hemp heads it up and onto the bar. Somehow Arsenal clear soon after.

Zinsberger ends up on the deck and needs treatment.

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