If you were lucky enough to catch the game on Sunday, you would’ve witnessed a six-goal spectacle between the Blues and current league leaders Manchester City. Of course, this match was expected to produce some thrilling moments – but no one expected it to go down quite like this…
The Citizens were the ones to break the deadlock at the Academy Stadium as Lionesses striker Ellen White netted one home after receiving an excellent ball by Janine Beckie. Ji So-yun then scored from a long-range shot which was deflected in by Demi Stokes, making the score 1-1 just before half time.
However, the second half was when the real drama escalated as the Citizens managed to go ahead once again with an excellent counterattack, resulting in a superb run and finish by Georgia Stanway. Just eight minutes later, the London side managed to equalise again with a header by captain Magdalena Eriksson and a poor mistake by City’s keeper Ellie Roebuck.
Sophie Ingle then gave away a penalty, following a challenge on Caroline Weir from inside the box – but when Stanway stepped up to the spot, Chelsea’s stopper Ann-Katrin Berger denied the 21-year-old. Bethany England (who has acquired a habit of scoring absolute rockets this campaign) scored another stunner just moments later – making her the league’s current top goal scorer alongside Vivianne Miedema and taking the score to 3-2 in favour of the Blues. However, a defensive mistake by Chelsea led to Lauren Hemp’s goal in the final 15 minutes, with the score ending 3-3.
In terms of what this means for Emma Hayes’ side, Chelsea still sit second in the table – just one point behind Manchester City. But the Blues still have a game in hand and will be happy to walk away from this game with a point as they remain unbeaten in the league.
What’s next for the squad? Well, Chelsea will face Arsenal in the Conti Cup final on Saturday which is set to be an enticing tie between two of the greatest teams in women’s football. You can catch this game on BT Sport 1 at 17:30.