Manchester City hand Chelsea rare defeat to draw level with United at the top

Manchester City handed Chelsea only their second Women’s Super League defeat of the season to draw level on points with Manchester United at the top of the table.

Fine finishes from Filippa Angeldahl and Lauren Hemp in the first half earned a well-deserved 2-0 victory for City as defending champions Chelsea offered little in front of goal.

Emma Hayes’ side, who claimed a big Champions League victory over Lyon in midweek, now sit in third place, a point behind the two Manchester clubs, but they do have a game in hand on both.

Lauren Hemp (left) celebrates scoring City's second
Lauren Hemp, left, celebrates scoring Manchester City’s second (Tim Markland/PA)

A poor clearance from Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger paved the way for the opener in the 21st minute as Hemp found Angeldahl, who made the most of the space afforded to her by picking out the top corner for her first WSL goal.

Nine minutes later it was two, Hemp this time applying the finishing touch with a volley lashed into the corner with the outside of her left foot after Chelsea failed to clear a cross.

Chelsea tried to apply pressure after the break but were unable to create a real chance until stoppage time, when Melanie Leupolz volleyed over, and their miserable day was compounded by an injury to Erin Cuthbert, who limped off the pitch in tears.

Fifth-placed Aston Villa eased to a 5-0 victory over bottom side Leicester.

Alisha Lehmann and Rachel Daly both scored twice after Kenza Dali put Villa ahead in only the sixth minute.

Reading came from two down to secure a 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Brighton.

Veatriki Sarri scored twice for the visitors inside the opening 13 minutes to boost their hopes of only a third league win this season but Emma Harries pulled one back just after half-time and then netted the equaliser on the hour mark.