WSL: Tottenham and Liverpool share spoils in Brisbane Road thriller

Martha Thomas of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammates
Martha Thomas of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Barclays Women's Super League match vs Aston Villa (Photo by Morgan Harlow/Getty Images)

For the second week running, Tottenham were pegged back by a second half equaliser by their Merseyside visitors. Liverpool clawed back a point thanks to Sophie Román Haug just after the hour mark.

Despite the draw, Tottenham remain undefeated across six games in all competitions. Only a loss on the WSL opening day spoils the 2023/24 campaign.

Starting XIs

Tottenham Hotspur

Spencer; James, Bühler, Bartrip, Neville, Ahtinen, Graham, Summanen, Ildhusøy, Clinton, Thomas

Liverpool

Laws; Fisk, Bonner, Clark, Hinds, Höbinger, Nagano, Holland, Lawley, Enderby, Román Haug

First half

Spurs started well and with 10 minutes played, they created the first real opening of the game when Angharad James picked up an Ash Neville cross in from the right at the back post. Her shot was deflected over by Jenna Clark for a corner, from which Neville headed just wide at the back post.

Liverpool grew into the contest with Jenna Clark heading wide from a corner and Román Haug firing over as she got onto the end of Grace Fisk’s cross.

With 27 minutes played, Tottenham took the lead in stunning style as Celin Bizet scored a wonderful solo goal.

Bizet picked up the ball deep in her own half and rode a couple of challenges before running at the Liverpool defence. She then shifted the ball onto her right foot and fired past Rachel Laws.

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The Norwegian international nearly doubled the Tottenham lead just before the break, but her effort came back off the underside of the Liverpool bar.

Second half

The second half was an odd one. Kit Graham had an early chance, with a clever shot on the turn landing on the roof of the net.

The game hit somewhat of a lull until Liverpool equalised out of nowhere thanks to Román Haug, who took advantage of being completely unmarked by Tottenham to head home a cross from Yana Danïels in the 66th minute.

That seemed to jolt the home side into life and they nearly retook the lead a couple of minutes later.

Breaking from a Liverpool attack, Grace Clinton played Jess Naz in on goal. Her initial effort was parried away by Rachel Laws. The rebound was picked up by Bizet, but the angle was always against her and Liverpool cleared away.

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The home side continued to search for a winner. With 12 minutes to go, a Tottenham free-kick on the right-hand byline was only cleared as far as Clinton on the edge of the Liverpool box, but her low drive was comfortably dealt with by Laws.

Martha Thomas should’ve played Bizet in a minute later but opted to take the chance on herself. The resulting shot lacked power and accuracy, and Spurs were left to rue another spurned opportunity.

Matt Beard’s side might’ve claimed all three points in the dying moments as a free-kick from Missy Bo Kearns found Gemma Bonner at the back post. However, the Reds’ captain could only put her effort over the bar.  

The game ended sourly as Olga Ahtinen was stretchered off with what looked like a rough injury. Meanwhile, both sides settled for a share of the points at Brisbane Road.

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