Miedema double sees off Liverpool and keeps Arsenal in WSL title raceFootball
Vivianne Miedema celebrates her winner
Arsenal aren’t easily of their own. With Kim Little having undergone surgery on a foot injury, Lia Wälti still absent and Jill Roord suspended, Montemurro was forced to push Leah Williamson forward into the midfield and to field a bench with just four outfield players thereon – two 16-year-olds, one 17-year-old and a returning Jen Beattie. “I’m getting hammered everywhere, it’s fine,” said Montemurro of criticism of his decision to stay with alittle squad.
“We’ve been stretched for a short time . I’m not getting to make any excuses.
“I’m not getting to sign a player saying ‘you might play when player number six or seven gets injured’ that’s just not the way I do things. We’ve had tons of unfortunate situations and that’s the truth .”
Needing a win to remain within the title race, Arsenal began brightly but were wasteful with their chances and, with on the brink of quarter-hour played, a sublime one-touch Rachel Furness through-ball set Rinsola Babajide free during a race against Louise Quinn. The Ireland international was no match for the forward’s pace and Babajide slipped the ball low past Pauline Peyraud-Magnin within the Arsenal goal. judi bola terbaik https://www.judibolaterbaik.co
Babajide continued to cause problems but Liverpool appeared to play their way into trouble a touch too easily, with a determination to play out from the rear struggling under the Gunners’ high press. Two goals in two minutes was the punishment.
A Jordan Nobbs ball from the proper was deflected away but Miedema beat everyone within the middle to push the ball past Anke Preuss. Then, Nobbs was available to go in from close range after a pinpoint cross from Lisa Evans on the left. The impressive Thursday night crowd fell silent but on the stroke of half-time they roared back to life as Furness’s first-time finish, after an Evans clearance was headed to her feet, drew Liverpool level.
Arsenal though, have a game-changer in Miedema and a strong header from the Dutch forward ended the renaissance. “It was an honest performance for us,” reflected Jepson. “We’ve had fortnight of not playing. It’s broken our momentum.We’ve need to learn from the mistakes except for the complete 90 minutes our standards were high and if we keep them like that for the remainder of the season we’ll be alright. There’s nine games left within the league, nine games.”
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