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Arsenal 2-1 Manchester City (May 5, 2024) Game analysis –

Arsenal pulled off a late upset over Women’s Super League (WSL) leaders Manchester City on Sunday by scoring twice after the 89th minute to win 2-1 at the Joie Stadium and reignite the division’s title race.

City looked at ease for most of the match after taking the lead in the 17th minute through England international Lauren Hemp, but goals from Arsenal substitute Stina Blackstenius in the 89th and 92nd minutes mean Chelsea can have hope of retaining the title on the way to the final. weekend of the season.

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Emma Hayes’ team will take on Bristol City later on Sunday in what will be the United States coach’s final home match against Chelsea.

Should Chelsea win their two games at City, against Bristol and then Tottenham Hotspur on May 15, they will be level on points heading into the final round on May 18.

Man City had won fourteen games in a row heading into the match and will now have to regroup against Aston Villa on the final day of the season. They have a greater goal difference than Chelsea on current form, with a seven-goal lead.

Stina Blackstenius celebrates Arsenal’s winning goal with Beth Mead.

Photo by Matt McNulty – The FA/The FA via Getty Images


Blackstenius told BBC Sport after the match that the closing moments were a blur.

“I don’t really know what happened,” she said. “I’m happy, but it was a tough match. I’m really proud of how we came back and finally got the win.

“We knew this was a big game for us. We haven’t won here in four games, so it was important for us to come here and win today.”

The Swedish forward also scored a late winner for Arsenal against City in the reverse fixture earlier in the WSL season.

“I don’t know, I just try to live in the situations and create something when I get the chance,” she said when asked about her talent for big moments.

Man City manager Gareth Taylor said he is confident his team will bounce back from this untimely setback.

“We have always responded well to negative results,” he said.

“I thought it was tough for us today, a draw was probably a fair result. The girls are doing well. We wanted to be in control. We have a lot of that, but we have one more game and we are looking forward to that .”