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Date Heure de publication : 2024-03-08 00:01:42

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Manchester City boss Gareth Taylor believes his side were denied “a blatant penalty” as Lauren James’ first-half strike was enough to put Chelsea into the final of Women’s League Cup.

The visitors took advantage of a City error as Erin Cuthbert intercepted a misplaced pass by Laia Aleixandri before working the ball to Mayra Ramirez, who set up James to fire a near-post effort past Khiara Keating.

City had started brightly, but their promise quickly fizzled out after going behind and Chelsea should really have had another when Colombian Ramirez shot wide in front of an open net.

Chelsea managed the first half well, but a revitalised City posed more problems after the break with Khadija Shaw and Lauren Hemp both forcing goalkeeper Hannah Hampton to react quickly to keep the London side in front.

City were denied an injury-time penalty appeal when Alex Greenwood went down after what Taylor thought was a foul by Erin Cuthbert inside the box, while Greenwood had another late effort cleared off the line.

“I just don’t understand sometimes these decisions that go against us,” Taylor told BBC Sport.

“That’s a blatant penalty on Alex Greenwood. We’re the team in the ascendency.

“Good luck to Chelsea. We were magnificent tonight. We’re a little bit disappointed because we worked tremendously hard to win this trophy. I couldn’t have asked for much more from the players.”

  • Everyone wants to win the quadruple – James

Defeat is City’s first in 13 games in all competitions, having beaten Chelsea by the same scoreline in the league three weeks ago.

Chelsea will face Arsenal, who beat Aston Villa 4-0 on Wednesday, in the League Cup final at Molineux on Sunday, 31 March.

  • Manchester City v Chelsea as it happened, plus reaction and analysis

Chelsea’s quality secures ticket to the final

This was the third meeting of the season between City and Chelsea, but the first the London club won.

Going into the game Emma Hayes said she was not looking for revenge after City beat Chelsea 1-0 in the WSL to draw level at the top of the table, but Chelsea will take a psychological boost from beating their title rivals.

“It felt like the reverse fixture two weeks ago where they went 1-0 up and defended in great numbers. Same for us tonight,” she told BBC Sport.

“We scored early and I thought we defended rally well. Unbelievable performance for Hannah Hampton. We only had one registered centre-back and one centre forward. We were pretty thin this evening so it’s a tremendous result for the team.”

Taking such an early advantage made all the difference on Thursday evening, allowing Chelsea to excel in game-management as they frustrated City in the final third and kept the England duo of Hemp and Chloe Kelly quiet on either wing.

Striker Ramirez was forced off through injury in the first half, being replaced by youngster Aggie Beever-Jones, and Chelsea missed the Colombian’s physicality.

City came close to levelling in the second half when Park found Hemp after driving into the box, but Hampton was quick off her line to stop the forward’s effort.

Park’s creative influence continually caused trouble for Chelsea, the visitors’ defence struggling to deal with her pace and low centre of gravity as she ran into any pockets of space, but they dug deep to see the game out.

This is Chelsea boss Emma Hayes’ final season in charge before she takes over as manager of the United States, and beating City means a quadruple remains a possibility.

They lead the WSL, have reached the League Cup final, and are in the quarter-finals of both the Champions League and FA Cup.

Getting the better of City is another step towards giving Hayes the perfect send-off.

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Man City Women

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 35Keating
  • 18Casparij
  • 4Aleixandri
  • 5Greenwood
  • 15OuahabiSubstituted forFowlerat 76′minutes
  • 25Hasegawa
  • 9KellyBooked at 56mins
  • 16Park
  • 7CoombsSubstituted forAngeldahlat 81′minutes
  • 11Hemp
  • 21Shaw

Substitutes

  • 3Stokes
  • 6Houghton
  • 8Fowler
  • 12Angeldahl
  • 14Morgan
  • 22MacIver
  • 30Mace
  • 33Kennedy

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-4-2

  • 24Hampton
  • 15Périsset
  • 7Carter
  • 6Nüsken
  • 21Charles
  • 10JamesBooked at 90mins
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 8Leupolz
  • 11ReitenSubstituted forRytting Kanerydat 64′minutes
  • 35RamírezSubstituted forBeever-Jonesat 34′minutes
  • 28CankovicSubstituted forIngleat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 5Ingle
  • 9Macário
  • 14Kirby
  • 19Rytting Kaneryd
  • 23Hamano
  • 30Berger
  • 33Beever-Jones
Referee:
Andrew Kitchen

Match Stats

Home TeamMan City WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home23
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester City Women 0, Chelsea Women 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 0, Chelsea Women 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jessica Park (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Greenwood.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lauren Hemp (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Greenwood with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Laia Aleixandri (Manchester City Women) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chloe Kelly.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Manchester City Women. Conceded by Jess Carter.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Greenwood (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Booking

    Lauren James (Chelsea Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lauren James (Chelsea Women).

  12. Post update

    Khiara Keating (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Agnes Beever-Jones (Chelsea Women).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chloe Kelly (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Greenwood.

  16. Post update

    Jessica Park (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Sophie Ingle (Chelsea Women).

  18. Post update

    Laia Aleixandri (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lauren James (Chelsea Women).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Filippa Angeldahl (Manchester City Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

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