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Manchester City 1 – 2 Women – Match report

A late brace from Stina Blackstenius saw us come from 1-0 down to win 2-1 against Manchester City in the Barclays Women’s Super League on Sunday.

Lauren Hemp put City ahead in the first half, but second-half substitute Blackstenius scored in the 89th and 92nd minutes to turn the game around.

What happened

City should have found the opener in the sixth minute when Leila Ouahabi slid the ball wide from Hemp’s cross, and they went close again when Laia Aleixandri got on the end of a Chloe Kelly free-kick but her shot was blocked.

Victoria Pelova found Frida Maanum and her goal was beaten away at the other end by Khiara Keating, but it was City who made the breakthrough in the 17th minute.

Hemp struck the bottom right corner with power and precision to give the home side the lead with her tenth WSL goal of the season.

Alex Greenwood headed over the bar from Mary Fowler’s corner moments later and Jess Park pulled the ball back for Kelly, who couldn’t quite connect with it towards the end of the first half.

There were few clear chances for us and we went into half time one goal behind. Jonas Eidevall made one change during the break, replacing Maanum with Kim Little.

Beth Mead’s cross fell kindly to Laia Codina at the start of the second half, but she shot the ball just wide of the post.

Manuela Zinsberger was quickly called into action at the other end, stretching her left foot to deny Fowler from close range, before Mead’s cross was deflected into a dangerous area by Khating, but no one was in the right position to capitalize.

We made a triple substitution in the 63rd minute, with Blackstenius, Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord coming on for Cloe Lacasse, Emily Fox and Kyra Cooney-Cross.

Mead had a chance to equalize when Keating gave the ball away to her, but the shot was too central to trouble the City goalkeeper. We got closer as our substitutes came together, Blackstenius played the ball through to Foord who put the ball wide.

Our fifth and final substitution came in the 82nd minute, with Laura Wienroither coming on for Katie McCabe.

In the 89th minute, Mead’s corner caused chaos in the City penalty area as the ball bounced around before falling for Blackstenius to hook it past Keating to equalize.

Then, just three minutes later, chaos ensued on the Arsenal bench as Little’s brilliantly struck cross was headed across goal by Blackstenius and into the bottom left corner to complete the dramatic turnaround.

We held the lead in nine minutes of added time, ending City’s fourteen-game winning streak.

What it means

We climb to second in the WSL with 47 points, one position ahead of Chelsea, who have two games in hand.

Team news

Man City XI: Keating, Aleixandri, Casparij (Kennedy 88), Greenwood, Ouahabi, Park, Hasegawa, Coombs (Angeldal 57), Fowler, Kelly, Hemp.

Substitutes not used: Stokes, Houghton, Morgan, Pritchard, Blindkilde, Mace, Startup.

Arsenal XI: Zinsberger, Fox (Catley 63, Williamson, Codina, McCabe (Wienroither 82), Pelova, Maanum (Little 46), Mead, Cooney-Cross (Foord 63), Lacasse (Blackstenius 63), Russo.

Replacements not used: D’Angelo, Goldie, Agyemang, Reid.

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