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Vivianne Miedema scores spectacular volley as Arsenal beat Spurs in WSL


Tottenham’s winless streak stretched to seven Women’s Super League matches after a 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal. Caitlin Foord, Vivianne Miedema and Katie McCabe were on target for the Gunners in the north London derby.

The visitors could have been ahead early on after Jordan Nobbs’s two long-range efforts forced Rebecca Spencer into making good saves.

The Gunners made the breakthrough, however, after 25 minutes when Foord combined with Noëlle Maritz on the right-hand side before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Arsenal doubled their advantage in the 34th minute after a Miedema wonder-strike, with the Dutch international volleying home a McCabe corner.

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March 27, 2021

Arsenal completed the scoring in the 60th minute after McCabe pounced on a defensive error before calmly rolling the ball into the back of the net.

Joe Montemurro says Arsenal are focusing on themselves as they look to secure a spot in the top three this season, as they sit three points behind Manchester United in third.

Chloe Kelly’s last-gasp winner earned Manchester City a 1-0 win over Reading to turn up the heat on Chelsea in the Women’s Super League title race.

Kelly, who had a penalty saved in City’s 3-0 Women’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona in midweek, struck in the 87th minute to take City a point clear of Chelsea at the top of the table. The Blues can regain top spot on Sunday.

City threatened first when Demi Stokes whipped a low cross that found Lucy Bronze, who squared the ball to Rose Lavelle and her effort was tipped over by Grace Moloney. The Reading goalkeeper then produced saves from Bronze and Caroline Weir to keep her side on terms.

At the other end Reading forward Amalie Eikeland had a close-range effort that forced Ellie Roebuck to save with her legs. But, unsurprisingly, almost all of the pressure was coming from City and Georgia Stanway’s low effort flew inches wide of a post.

Moments later a glorious opportunity fell to Lauren Hemp, but her close-range effort hit the woodwork and Reading cleared.

Gareth Taylor’s side kept pressing as substitute Sam Mewis’ diving header went just wide and Weir saw a fine cross palmed away by Moloney. City finally broke the deadlock three minutes from time as Hemp burst down the left and found Kelly, who tapped home from close range to secure an important win.

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“We were playing great football in September, October and November but we’re definitely finding good rhythm now,” Montemurro said. “We can’t rely on other results and the possibilities of other teams, we just have to worry about what we’re doing. We just have to follow our week by week processes and hopefully things will fall into place for us.”

Spurs boss Rehanne Skinner said her side did not do enough in the opening 45 minutes, and that’s what caused their downfall. “To be honest, we were maybe a bit tentative in the first half. We could’ve been a bit more forceful in putting Arsenal under pressure,” she said. “We definitely grew into the game which is positive, we pushed higher up the half and that created some good opportunities for us. But by the time we created these opportunities, we were probably in a position where we couldn’t get back into the game.”





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