Opinion: The 10 Best WSL Games of 2019/20 – #6

Our rundown of the best WSL games of the season continues. This time we look back at what was close to a miracle result for bottom-of-the-table Liverpool.

Now the WSL season is over, we at Her Football Hub are counting down the top 10 games from the WSL season. At number six is Liverpool 2-3 Arsenal from February 13.

Nobody gave Liverpool a chance as high-flying Arsenal travelled to Chester to face Vicky Jepson’s Reds.

A Shock Start, Followed by a Sharp Comeback

To the surprise of literally everyone, Liverpool took the lead after just 14 minutes.

At this point, it was only the third time the Reds had gone ahead in a game this season. Despite that, Liverpool clawed their way to 11th in the table heading into this one.

Arsenal came into the game on the back of two defeats to Chelsea and Manchester City.

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The were desperate for the win in Chester, and so it came to none other than Vivianne Miedema.

Right from the moment Liverpool scored, Jordan Nobbs controlled the game. Nobbs was the one whose cross was deflected by Liverpool captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland into the path of Miedema for the equaliser.

Take nothing away from the finish though, it took incredible skill to contort her body to a place where she could fire the ball into the back of the net.

Arsenal took the lead just two minutes later with Nobbs turning from creator to scorer.

She got on the end of a Lisa Evans cross to head calmly past Anke Preuss, giving Arsenal a well-deserved lead.

Shockingly, Liverpool were equal on the stroke of half-time with Rachel Furness getting the Reds level.

Furness’ goal was perhaps the best of the bunch. The Northern Ireland international capitalised on a poor header to get in behind the Arsenal defence.

Her finish was sublime, hitting the ball on the half-volley, smashing it into the top left corner.

Second-Half Arsenal Dominance

The game was always more of a question of “when” and not “if” Arsenal would dominate the second half.

Miedema and Nobbs both had chances but some desperate defending from Liverpool kept the Reds in the game.

The goal finally came as the game was moving into the final 15 minutes. Miedema headed a Leonie Maier cross back across goal to score the winner.

She caught Preuss off-balance and the German goalkeeper stood no chance.

Miedema fell to her knees and let out a shout of “Come on!” Which is more celebrating that we are used to seeing from Arsenal’s Dutch dynamo.

Arsenal enjoyed 64% of the possession in Chester and should really have won by more than the one goal as they earned a vital three points in the title race.

Watch the highlights here or visit the FA Player to watch one of the best WSL games of the season.

Our top 10 list so far:
10. Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal, October 13, 2019.
9. Manchester United 0-1 Bristol City, January 5, 2020.
8. West Ham 3-2 Manchester United, December 1, 2019.
7. Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United, September 7, 2019.
6. Liverpool 2-3 Arsenal, February 13, 2020.

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