Manchester City 1-2 Tottenham: Spurs controversially score late own goal as they come from behind to beat Steph Houghton and Co to end a miserable week for the hosts after their Champions League knockout
- Tottenham beat Manchester in Sunday’s Women’s Super League action
- The hosts took the lead after just six minutes thanks to Lauren Hemp
- The Spurs equalized in the 61st minute against play through Rachel Williams
- They sealed the victory in controversial style after a handball in the build-up
- The loss ends a horrific week for Man City after Champions League grief
For the second week in a row, the lack of VAR in the women’s game will dominate the reaction to Women’s Super League action.
Tottenham’s shocking 2-1 win over Manchester City was controversial. How could the umpires not see the ball hit Rosella Ayane’s hand before bouncing off Steph Houghton and Karima Taieb into the net?
It seemed obvious to everyone, and would no doubt have been ruled out if video technology had been used. The goal gave Spurs a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute and they held on to a famous win over the WSL title challengers.
VAR controversy dominated Women’s Super League match between Tottenham and Man City
The late Spurs winner came via an own goal from Karima Taieb after Rosella Ayane appeared to be handballing
“I saw the second goal and it’s a terrible decision against us,” said City boss Gareth Taylor. “It’s pretty incredible that it hasn’t been written off. It’s something we don’t want to happen, we need to improve standards across the board. But it’s up to us, we had to make sure we were out of sight first.’
It was a test start to the season for City, who were eliminated from the Champions League in the qualifying phase on Wednesday after a 1-0 loss to Real Madrid.
Taylor had 14 players away from the Olympics over the summer and their late return meant the club did not play any pre-season games before the first leg of their qualifier with Real, which they drew 1-1.
City have repeatedly disappointed in Europe and their early departure has put additional pressure on Taylor to take the WSL title.
Manchester City took the lead after six minutes via Lauren Hemp
Tottenham equalized in the 61st minute thanks to Rachel Williams’ goal against the course of play
The club have finished second four years in a row and know that defeats against teams that are not at the top can be costly.
City has also been hit by injuries. They had knocked out eight key players before the game and that number rose to nine when Esme Morgan was dragged off the court with a knee injury.
But Taylor couldn’t have asked for a better start, as Lauren Hemp gave the home side a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.
The winger met Alex Greenwood’s pointed corner at the front post and had time to shoot her header into the far corner of the net.
City lost several chances to double their lead before halftime, with Georgia Stanway hitting the post and Janine Beckie shooting over from close range. Spurs then got their reward for staying in the game.
Spurs sealed victory in the 86th minute with a controversial own goal from Karima Benameur
Kit Graham probably felt sad that he had been dropped for new signing Kyah Simon after scoring the only goal in Spurs’ win over Birmingham last week.
The striker equalized for her team when her perfectly timed ball found Chioma Ubogagu on the left wing.
The cross chose Rachel Williams, who finished first.
Spurs had Becky Spencer to thank for some important saves. Just before half time she tapped a header from Alanna Kennedy wide and stopped a fierce attempt by Stanway. Filippa Angeldahl should have been the hero on her debut when the ball fell to her in the penalty area after 81 minutes, but she could only shoot over the crossbar.
Then came the controversial end. Angela Addison hit a cross into the penalty area and Ayane rose highest but hit the ball with her right hand.
Gareth Taylor was left furious after the referee failed to see a handball leading up to the winner
That touch hit Houghton and the ball spun into the bottom right corner before hitting Taieb on its way to the back of the net.
City were furious, but they only blamed themselves for not finding a route back into the game.
They are now three points behind Arsenal, who have two wins out of two but are level with Chelsea.
A slow start cost City last year and they will know they can’t afford too many more missteps if they want to end their five-year wait for a title.
FIVE A SIDES
By Kathryn Batte for the Daily Mail
1 Starting the season with consecutive games against Manchester City and Chelsea was always going to be difficult for Everton, but successive 4-0 defeats have left Willie Kirk thinking a bit during the international break. The club’s commercial director Sarvar Ismailov tweeted ‘unacceptable’ after Chelsea’s third goal before quickly removing the post. Twitter isn’t the place for an investigation, but with the Toffees bringing in nine new players in the transfer window, more was expected.
2 Vivianne Miedema may not pay much attention to records, but the Arsenal striker seems to be doing nothing to break them. Her hat-trick against Slavia Prague on Thursday brought her to 100 goals in 110 games. Two more strikes against Reading made it 102. It is no surprise that boss Jonas Eidevall is desperate for the Dutch star to sign a new contract.
3 Brighton moved into their £8.5million training facility this week and their 5-0 thrashing of Birmingham indicates the players are already reaping the benefits. The new setup features a brand new gym, medical center, state-of-the-art locker room and recovery facility. The best part? They have it all to themselves.
4 It is still early days, but there is optimism that Sunderland could see two promotions in one season, with the women’s team top of the Championship and the men’s top of League One. The Black Cats, whose last two seasons were annulled, have seven points from three games after moving up to the second tier this season.
5 Sarina Wiegman’s first dilemma as an English boss is to pick her number 1 in the absence of Ellie Roebuck. Mary Earps and Sandy MacIver look set to battle for the goalkeeper spot after leaving out Hannah Hampton and bringing in veteran Carly Telford, Chelsea’s third pick. Earps has kept two clean sheets, while MacIver has conceded eight goals in two.