WSL: Arsenal second-half surge crushes early Leicester lead

Leicester City and Arsenal enter the pitch at the King Power Stadium
Leicester City and Arsenal enter the pitch at the King Power Stadium. Credit: Lucy Jones

In a day of WSL twists and turns, Leicester hosted Arsenal at the King Power Stadium. The Gunners bounced back in phenomenal fashion, overturning a 2-0 deficit to win the match 6-2.

The Foxes headed into the clash on a two-game losing run whilst the visitors were unbeaten since their opening-day defeat to Liverpool.

Starting XIs

Leicester

Leitzig; Nevin, Tierney, Bott, Howard, Rose, Rantala, Petermann, Cayman, Thibaud, Cain

Arsenal

Zinsberger; Wubben-Moy, Catley, Maanum, McCabe, Foord, Pelova, Russo, Lacasse, Ilestedt, Cooney-Cross

How it went

It was the hosts who got the game off to a brighter start. Sam Tierney kicked the goal-scoring action off as the No.3 broke the deadlock in the 36th minute. With the Gunners seemingly stunned, Janice Cayman quickly doubled the Foxes lead just two minutes later. The two sides went in with the visitors trailing at the break following a dominant Leicester performance.

Leicester City and Arsenal line up at the King Power Stadium
Leicester City and Arsenal line up at the King Power Stadium. Credit: Lucy Jones

The second half however painted a completely different story. Cloe Lacasse found Arsenal’s first of the evening just four minutes after play resumed. From their Leicester’s defence crumbled as the Gunners began to run riot. A second for the visitors came just three minutes later as Alessia Russo bagged her second league goal of the campaign.

Further contributions from Caitlin Foord, Victoria Pelova and Stina Blackstenius put Arsenal’s goal tally to five with fifteen minutes of normal time on the clock. The flurry of goals had left Leicester struggling to regain their foothold in the tie as they were continually put under pressure by their opponents.

A late injury-time effort from Lina Hurtig gave the visitors a comfortable four-goal lead following the early scare. The Swedish international capped off the action in the eighth minute of added time to bring the final scoreline to 2-6.

Up next

Leicester will host Tottenham at the King Power for their next league game before travelling to face Manchester City in the Continental Cup.

Arsenal will face back-to-back away days. The Gunners will take on Brighton in the WSL followed by a visit to Southampton in the League Cup.

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