Arsenal secure statement victory in front of record Barclays Women’s Super League crowd

Alessia Russo’s double propelled Arsenal to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Chelsea in front of a record-breaking Barclays Women’s Super League crowd.

With a bumper 59,042 fans flocking to an electric Emirates Stadium, Russo netted either side of half-time to fire the Gunners level on points with their London rivals at the top of the table.

Beth Mead – who returned to action after a long-term ACL injury last month – had sent the packed-out crowd into raptures by rifling her side into the lead after just eight minutes.

But Emma Hayes’ visitors levelled just five minutes later when Johanna Rytting-Kaneryd squeezed a strike in from the edge of the box.

Jonas Eidevall’s side seized control of the entertaining contest in the space of two first-half minutes when Amanda Ilestedt and Russo both netted just ahead of the break.

And despite Hayes ringing the changes at the interval, Russo’s penalty with 15 minutes remaining ensured the London bragging rights went to the hosts on a memorable day in the capital.

Hemp heroics fire City to comeback victory

Lauren Hemp’s quickfire double helped Manchester City battle from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1.

The England international netted twice in the space of four second-half minutes at the Joie Stadium to pile the pressure on table-toppers Chelsea 24 hours before their Sunday trip to The Emirates.

Danielle Turner had rifled the visitors into a shock early after just seven minutes in east Manchester.

But with Carla Ward’s side struggling to deal with City’s star-studded attacking line-up, Hemp’s header and close-range finish just after the hour mark completed an impressive comeback victory in the WSL’s opening game of the weekend.

United waltz to emphatic win at Spurs

Melvine Malard netted twice as Manchester United strolled to a comfortable 4-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur.

The French forward grabbed goals either side of half-time as Marc Skinner’s visitors kept up the heat on the top three in WSL table.

Ella Toone and Hayley Ladd were also on the scoresheet in a result that saw Spurs miss the chance to draw level on points with United.

Robert Vilahamn’s side struggled to threaten throughout and now sit sixth in the table, six points behind the triumphant Red Devils.

Terland late show salvages Seagulls dramatic draw

Elisabeth Terland’s dramatic late double rescued Brighton a point at home to Leicester.

The Norwegian struck twice in the final 10 minutes to break Foxes hearts and extend their winless run to seven matches.

Lena Petermann and Jutta Rantala had fired the visitors in front either side of the interval.

But Terland’s pair of late interventions capped a rousing comeback to earn a precious point in their battle to beat the drop.

Robins pegged back at Prenton Park

Bristol City were unable to hold onto a second-half lead as they drew 1-1 at Liverpool.

Amalie Thestrup had rifled the Robins ahead in their quest for second league win of the season.

But Liverpool responded just seven minutes later when Sophie Roman Haug levelled at Prenton Park.

The point lifts Bristol City one ahead of West Ham at the foot of the table, while Liverpool missed the chance to move in front of – albeit temporarily – Manchester United ahead of their Sunday evening trip to Tottenham.

Toffees savour sweet London away day

Karen Holmgaard’s second-half winner hauled Everton to a hard-fought 1-0 win at West Ham.

The Danish star netted just after the hour mark to help earn the Toffees a sweet third win of the season.

But for the Hammers, Bristol City’s draw at Prenton Park means they now prop up the table with just four points from nine WSL matches.

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