WSL: Man City keep top spot and hand Leicester first loss of the season

Laia Aleixandri of Manchester City celebrates after scoring a goal
Laia Aleixandri of Manchester City celebrates after scoring during the Barclays Women's Super League match vs Bristol City (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)

In a top of the table clash, Leicester welcomed Manchester City to the King Power Stadium in the Women’s Super League.

The visitors started the weekend on top, with the Foxes occupying second place. Both sides headed into the tie unbeaten in the league but Man City managed to edge an important win with just one goal on the board.

Starting XIs

Leicester City

Leitzig; Nevin, Tierney, Bott, Howard, Rantala, Petermann, Whelan, Thibaud, Cain, O’Brien

Manchester City

Keating; Aleixandri, Greenwood, Fowler, Kelly, Angeldahl, Morgan, Roord, Shaw, Hasegawa, Kennedy

How it went

A 10th-minute shot from Chloe Kelly proved to be the only goal of the afternoon. A rare mistake from Janina Leitzig saw the German international spill the ball, putting the visitors ahead. The following spell saw a raft of chances for Gareth Taylor’s side. However, the visitors were unable to add to their lead as halftime approached.

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The second half provided Leicester with far more possession as the game began to open up. A defensive mix-up from Man City almost saw the Foxes through on goal as Khiara Keating failed to deal with the danger.

An impressive performance from the hosts’ defence kept the scoreline to a single goal, despite plenty of attempts on goal. The second half was largely played out in Leicester’s half, although the hosts did frequently break, forcing City’s defenders back.

Ultimately, Kelly’s early goal was the only thing to separate the two sides. Despite maintaining their unbeaten run in the league, Man City will feel they could have put the game to bed in the opening half. A lack of clinical edge in front of goal saw the Sky Blues squander several good chances.

With the Manchester Derby coming soon after the international break, City will need to improve on their final actions in front of goal ahead of the meeting with their nearest rivals.

Who is up next?

Leicester will face an away day to Liverpool ahead of back-to-back home ties to Jonas Eidevall’s Arsenal and Tottenham.

Manchester City will make the journey to Meadow Park for a difficult clash with the Gunners. The Sky Blues will then host Brighton before a showpiece Manchester Derby at Old Trafford.

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