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Chelsea fight back to beat Man City – WSL round-up


Manchester City had conceded only one goal in their first eight games, but let in two in the space of three minutes against Chelsea

Chelsea scored twice in three second-half minutes to come from behind and beat fellow Women’s Super League title contenders Manchester City.

Chelsea’s unbeaten start looked under threat when Caroline Weir’s well-taken volley put the visitors in front.

But Beth England headed in a rebound to equalise for the hosts and she then crossed for Maren Mjelde to win it.

The win sent Chelsea top – a position Arsenal will reclaim if they avoid defeat at Reading (14:30 GMT).

Chelsea were good value for their victory, with Weir’s goal from a Keira Walsh cross coming after Mjelde and Ji So-yun had both struck the woodwork from 20 yards.

City goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck also made fine stops from England and Ramona Bachmann, but a defence which had conceded just one goal in their first 799 minutes of WSL action this season was breached twice in quick succession.

Chelsea now have a one-point cushion over City and also have a game in hand.

Manchester United beat Everton in the other 12:00 GMT kick-off, with Lauren James scoring twice in a 3-1 win.

James, whose brother Reece was in the Chelsea team beaten by Everton in the Premier League on Saturday, quickly equalised from close range for United after Mary Earps had punched a corner into her own net to give the visitors a second-minute lead.

Katie Zelem’s penalty, given for a foul on James in the box, completed the turnaround and James fired in her second from 20 yards just before half-time.

Sunday’s results and fixtures

  • Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City
  • Manchester United 3-1 Everton
  • Liverpool v West Ham (14:00 GMT)
  • Tottenham v Brighton (14:00 GMT)
  • Reading v Arsenal (14:30 GMT)
  • Bristol City v Birmingham (15:00 GMT)
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