WSL: Tottenham snatch three points from West Ham in seven-goal fiesta

Amber Tysiak of West Ham United scores during the Barclays Women's Super League match vs Tottenham Hotspur
Amber Tysiak of West Ham United scores during the Barclays Women's Super League match vs Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Richard Pelham/Getty Images)

In the final Women’s Super League game of the weekend, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham played out an electric seven-goal thriller.

Spurs came out on top after putting four past the Irons, despite the two sides locking horns at 3-3 late on. But a Jess Naz goal in the 75th minute snagged all three points for Tottenham. West Ham remain tied on points with Bristol City at the foot of the table.

Starting XIs

West Ham

Arnold; Smith, Shimizu, Tysiak, Snerle, Ueki, Hayashi, Asseyi, Cooke, Gorry, Cissoko

Tottenham

Votikova; Turner, Bartrip, Clinton, England, Bizet, James, Thomas, Ahtinen, Summanen, Neville

How it went

West Ham’s opening run saw them struggle to find their foothold in the opening spell of the tie. Barely six minutes in and Rehanne Skinner’s side were punished for their slow start. Converting Eveliina Summanen’s cross, Grace Clinton slotted the ball beyond Mackenzie Arnold to put the visitors ahead.

With ten minutes to play in the opening half, Risa Shimizu bagged her first goal for the Hammers to restore the deadlock. A failed clearance from Spurs saw the Japan international find the back of the net from close range.

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A tackle on Katrina Gorry temporarily reduced the hosts to ten shortly before half-time. Celin Bizet quickly capitalised on the numerical advantage, firing the ball beyond Arnold to send the visitors in ahead at the break.

An action-packed second half saw Clinton snatch Tottenham’s third of the evening just two minutes after play resumed. It wasn’t long however until the hosts found a reply. Two goals in quick succession from Viviane Asseyi and Amber Tysiak saw the scoreline level at 3-3, with 20 minutes of the tie left to play.

A late fourth for Tottenham came in the 75th minute as Naz bagged a late winner to crush the hearts of West Ham.

The three points moved the visitors level on points with Liverpool and Manchester United. West Ham finished the weekend in eleventh, without a win in their last eight league games.

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Up next

West Ham will travel to face Birmingham away in Wednesday’s Continental Cup clash. The Hammers will then face Bristol away ahead of a difficult home tie against Jonas Eidevall’s Arsenal.

Tottenham will face Southampton away in the League Cup before welcoming an in-form Manchester City to Brisbane Road.

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