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Post-Match Report

Match report: Liverpool 2-3 Arsenal Women

Liverpool Women -

Deva Stadium
Barclays FA Women's Super League
Barclays FA Women's Super League
  Liverpool Women
      
              Babajide (14)
               Furness (45 + 2)
          
   crest
Liverpool Women
Babajide (14) Furness (45 + 2)
2 3
  Arsenal Women
      
                  Miedema (31
                   79)
                   Nobbs (33)
            
   crest
Arsenal Women
Miedema (31
79)
Nobbs (33)

What happened

Vivianne Miedema scored twice as we returned to winning ways in the WSL by beating Liverpool 3-2 in a closely-contested game on Thursday night.

We started brightly and almost took the lead inside the opening minute when Danielle van de Donk won back possession and teed up Jordan Nobbs, whose powerful effort from the edge of the box was saved well by Anke Preuss.

Against the run of play, the hosts took the lead when a long ball evaded our midfield before it fell into the path of Rinsola Babajide, who used her pace to shrug off Louise Quinn and slot low past Pauline Peyraud-Magnin.

With 15 minutes remaining of the first half we equalised when Nobbs found Miedema, who fired in off the underside of the crossbar.

We immediately went back on the offensive from kick off and were rewarded when Lisa Evans kept the ball alive on the touchline before crossing into the box, and Nobbs lost her marker to plant a bullet header into the back of the net.

On the stroke of half-time the Reds were level when Rachel Furness fired an unstoppable half-volley into the top corner.  

Miedema created our first real chance of the second half when the ball broke to her inside the box, and she took a touch before seeing her curling effort thwarted by a fine reaction save from Preuss.

Liverpool’s defence was standing strong but we snatched the winner with 13 minutes remaining when Leonie Maier collected the ball on the wing and whipped an inviting cross into the box, and Miedema found space to head home from close range.

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT'S NEXT 

We next face Lewes at home in the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday, February 16 at 1pm (UK time).

By Sam Cox

Interview

Foord - I want to grow with this club

Caitlin Foord had a debut to remember as she scored the opening goal in our 2-0 Women’s FA Cup victory over Lewes.

The Australia international played the full 90 minutes as we advanced into the quarter-finals with a hard-fought victory at Meadow Park.

We spoke to Foord after the full-time whistle and this is what she said:

on scoring on her debut…
It’s always a nice feeling when the ball hits the back of the net. To do it here today was exciting as well, I’ll score goals but my focus as a player is to win as a team and at the end of the day I don’t really care who scores, but if it is me I’m happy and I’m really happy to score and help the team today.

on breaking Lewes down…
They were quite difficult to break down and for us it was about getting into  rhythm. For us going into the next game it was important to do that and we just try and play our football and we had no doubt the goals would come it was just when it was going to happen. Once we got the one and we had plenty of other chances as well so any other day it could have been more.

on the Continental League Cup final on Saturday…
I’m excited to play in a cup final. It’s quite cool to come into a team and go straight into a final and I feel really lucky to be a part of. I’m just looking forward to it and helping the team as much as I can.

on her aims until the end of the season…
I want to keep building with the team and building as a player, that’s why I’m here. I feel like I’m still developing and still learning so I want to grow as a player alongside this club.

By Sam Cox

Photos by Gavin Ellis

 

 

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