Janina Leitzig key as Leicester hold top spot with big win over Everton

Janina Leitzig of Leicester City in action during a match.
Janina Leitzig of Leicester City during the WSL match vs Arsenal at Meadow Park on May 05, 2023 (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Leicester City continued their winning run in the Women’s Super League on Sunday and remain at the top of the table thanks to a victory over Everton. Janina Leitzig was a key figure in the clash as she saved a penalty, plus the rebound to deny the Blues an opening goal.

Despite narrowly escaping relegation last season, Leicester are off to flying start and continue to lead the pack heading into the third game-week. Their 1-0 win over Everton adds to their thrilling 4-2 opener against Bristol City. The Foxes last met with the Toffees back in March in a closely fought 0-0 draw.

Leicester City vs Everton — Starting XIs

Leicester

Leitzig; Nevin, Tierney, Howard, Rantala, Petermann, Whelan (c), Cayman, Green, Goodwin, O’Brien

Everton

Ramsey; Veje, Bjorn, Vanhaevermaet, Bennison, Bissell, Hope, Piemonte, Payne, Finnigan (c), Galli

How it went

A quiet first half saw both sides create little in the way of clear goalscoring opportunities. A foul in injury time saw the Toffees awarded a penalty with Justine Vanhaevermaet stepping up to take the spot kick. Leicester’s ever-present Leitzig once again pulled off a strong save to keep her side firmly in the tie. The Foxes No.1 saved both the initial shot and the rebound to deny the Belgian international her first goal of the season.

The second half saw the hosts control play for long periods of the game. Despite this dominance, it would be Leicester who would find the decisive winning goal of the afternoon. A 69th minute goal from Lena Petermann gave the German her second goal of the campaign. Slotting the ball home beyond Emily Ramsey, the Foxes No.9 did enough to snatch all three points for her side.

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Who is up next?

Leicester City will face a midweek clash with Liverpool in the League Cup. The Foxes will then face difficult back-to-back meetings with the two Manchester clubs, making the trip to play Man United ahead of hosting Man City.

Everton will welcome the Sky Blues for their Continental Cup meeting on Wednesday, ahead of a blockbuster Merseyside Derby on Sunday. The Toffees will host Man United in their final game before the international break.

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