Arsenal 2-3 Manchester United: Women’s Super League – live reaction

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Full time: Arsenal 2-3 Manchester United

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeep! It ended at the Emirates Stadium, where Manchester United won what turned out to be a thriller. Arsenal’s 14-game winning streak in the WSL came to an abrupt end in front of their own fans.

90+8 mins: Russo directs the ball to the corner flag in an attempt to cut time. She loses it, only for Viv Miedema to give it away. Katie McCabe is booked for a foul on Ella Toone. Arsenal replacement: Beth Mead makes way for 16-year-old Michelle Agyemang.

90+7 mins: Arsenal win a free kick about 40 yards from United’s goal. United defend with an extremely high line and Beth Mead’s delivery is led by a back-pedalling defender.

90+5 mins: Arsenal replacement: Jonas Eidevall dispatches Jennifer Beattie and throws her in front. Caitlin Ford is kidnapped.

90+4 mins: There is a break in play as the steards struggle to catch a young pitch invader.

90+3 mins: United regained the lead in the first of seven minutes of added time. Moments before Russo led them with the odd five-goal, Arsenal keeper Manuela Zinsberger had pulled off a sensational second save in as many minutes, denying Martha Thomas, who has been a real handful since arriving.

OBJECTIVE! Arsenal 2-3 Manchester United (Russia 90+1)

Scenes! From Katie Zelem’s excellent corner, Alyssia Russo rises to send a header down into the bottom corner. Where was the Arsenal marking?!?!?!

Manchester United’s Alessia Russo (second from right) celebrates with team mates after scoring their team’s third goal of the game. Photograph: Zac Goodwin/PA

Updated at 7:30 p.m. GMT

90 minutes: Now United are getting closer! Martha Thomas curls a wonderful cross into the Arsenal box from the right and Lucia Garcia connects. Zinsberger sets out to save superbly but Garcia should have done better.

89 mins: Beth Mead sends a magnificent cross into the United penalty area from the right but Caitlin Ford is in the wrong position to head home.

88 minutes: There is still time for each side to find a winner, although a draw is probably a fair result. Whatever the outcome, United will feel aggrieved to be denied what appeared to be a fairly clear first-half penalty for a McCabe push on Parris.

OBJECTIVE! Arsenal 2-2 Manchester United (Turner 85)

United equalize! From the free kick, Zelem sends a magnificent delivery down the corridor of uncertainty and Millie Turner comes home on the crossbar about two meters away.

83 mins: Manchester United continue to seek an equalizer against an unrecognizable Arsenal side in pale imitation of themselves who played in the first half. They win a free kick in a good position on a foul by Lotte Wubben-Moy.

80 minutes: Manchester United substitution: Nikita Parris is taken off before being sent off and retires to the bench looking very tired. Martha Thomas replaces her. Parris had a good game but her battle with Katie McCabe was so intense that she was in serious danger of landing a second booking.

79 mins: A goofy, kamikaze pass to the face of Manchester United’s Katie Zelem’s own goal sets up nicely for Beth Mead at the near post. She heads for the bar, sparing Zelem’s blushes.

76 mins: Already on a yellow card, Nikita Parris runs disaster with a meaty but ultimately fair “challenge” on Beth Mead. She had just passed the ball and her momentum sent it slamming through the Arsenal striker’s rear, sending him flying through the air.

OBJECTIVE! Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United (Wienroither 74)

Arsenal take the lead! Laura Wienroither scores her first goal for Arsenal, firing home a splendid volley from the far post after netting the end of a terrific cross from Katie McCabe. It’s a brilliant goal!

Arsenal’s Laura Wienroither (centre right) celebrates after putting the home forward. Photograph: Zac Goodwin/PA

Updated at 7:19 p.m. GMT

73 mins: United attack inside on the right but Alessia Russo is forced outside and her cross is cleared.

71 mins: Manchester United replacement: Leah Galton limps and is replaced by Lucia Garcia.

70 minutes: Now Manchester United winger Leah Galton is going to the ground and stopping playing so she can receive treatment for a cramp.

69 mins: Mead is fine, it seems. The game resumes. An Ella Toone withdrawal from signing Nikita Parris misses its mark and a promising Manchester United attack fails.

68 mins: Beth Mead goes to the floor with a head injury after receiving an accidental knee to the head from Hannah Blundell. Referee Kirsty Dowle stops play so the England international can get treatment.

64 mins: Arsenal advance. Caitlin Ford receives the ball high up the pitch, wide to the left. The Aussie cuts inside and tries to unleash a curler towards the far post but her shot is blocked at the source.

62 mins: Earps is cleared to continue and throws the ball to Ella Toone. After a period of sustained pressure, United win a deep throw-in into Arsenal territory. Nothing comes of it.

Emirates footfall monitoring: 40,064. That’s not too shabby at all.

60 minutes: Mary Earps comes to recover a through ball and appears to be injured on landing. There is a break in the game as she receives treatment for her right knee.

59 mins: Replacement of Arsenal: Jordan Nobbs makes way for Vivienne Miedema.

56 mins: Leah Galton dispossessed Frida Maanum with a quite exceptional block tackle as the Arsenal midfielder tried to force her way into United’s penalty area from the right flank.

54 mins: Manchester United manager Marc Skinner is booked for dissent after complaining at length about a foul by Caitlin Foord on Nikita Parris which went unpunished by the referee. He was right, as it was a pretty crisp tackle that certainly skirted the edges of “wreckless”.

52 mins: Ella Toone kicks the ball away with a loose pass deep in her own half. Blackstenius leaps for Arsenal, collects the ball on his right foot and shoots high over the bar. The Arsenal players must have received a half-time flare from their manager Jonas Eidelvall as they started the second half playing with an intensity and vigor that was conspicuous by his absence in the first half.

50 mins: Moments after the second kick-off in as many minutes, the Arsenal goalkeeper was sold by a backpass but reacted quickly enough to clear the ball and avoid disaster. I think it was Alessia Russo waiting to pounce.

Updated at 6:40 p.m. GMT

47 mins: There was a huge element of luck in that equaliser, but United’s defense was shocking. Frida Maanum had all the time in the world to run to their defense without being challenged and from the edge of the penalty area, she fired a shot. The ball deflected Maya Le Tissier, curled in the air and over goalkeeper Mary Earps’ head before falling under the crossbar. This is aqll square in the Emirates.

OBJECTIVE! Arsenal 1-1 Manchester United (Maanum 46)

Arsenal equalize! My word, they don’t look dull anymore!

Arsenal's Frida Maanum (centre) celebrates with teammate Lotte Wubben-Moy after bringing the home side up to standard.
Arsenal’s Frida Maanum (centre) celebrates with teammate Lotte Wubben-Moy after bringing the home side up to standard. Photograph: Zac Goodwin/PA

Updated at 7:16 p.m. GMT

Second half: Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United

46 mins: United get the ball rolling for the second half with no change in personnel on either side after the break. Arsenal had just one shot on goal in the first half and looked decidedly lackluster.

Half time: Arsenal 0-1 Manchester United

Peep! Kirsty Dowle is winding down the first half, with Manchester United holding a surprise lead. It’s not more than they deserve and they may feel aggrieved for not being more advanced. Shortly after taking advantage of a Zinsberger error to get through Ella Toone, Manchester United should have been awarded a penalty for a Katie McCabe foul on Nikita Parris.

45 mins: It’s an intriguing battle and on this occasion Nikita Parris, who wins it, gets the better of Kate McCabe on the right and sends a looping cross deep into the Arsenal penalty area. Zinsberger comes for the ball, catches it, then drops it before clutching it to his chest on the second attempt. The Austrian goalkeeper does not have one of her best games.

44 mins: Perhaps unhappy not to get that penalty, Nikita Parris is booked for a rather robust challenge on Katie McCabe. Beth Mead takes the free kick from a wide position on the left but her performance is atrocious. She raises her hand in apology to her teammate.

42 mins: Manchester United denied a decent penalty when Katie McCabe pushed Nikita Parris off the ball into the Arsenal penalty area. I have seen them given and not given in recent weeks in the Premier League. For me, Clive is definitely a penalty. A reminder that there is no VAR overseeing this game.

40 mins: Her movements may be limited by that injury she suffered earlier, but Manuela Zinsberger had a shock there. She comes in to hit a cross from the right, completely misses the ball and Ella Toone is in the right place at the right time to volley from around seven yards out.

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