Manchester City advances in Women's FA Cup with victory over Arsenal

Posted : 11 February 2024

In a crucial Women's FA Cup clash, Manchester City secured their spot in the quarter-finals by defeating league rivals Arsenal with a lone goal at Meadow Park.

 

Laia Aleixandri emerged as the match-winner for the three-time champions, dealing another blow to Arsenal's already challenging week. Arsenal's recent struggles include slipping six points behind WSL leaders Chelsea and facing elimination in European competition.

 

The devastating defeat against Manchester City adds to the woes of Arsenal, who have only clinched one trophy in the last five years. Aleixandri capitalized on a loose ball in the box from a City free-kick, finding the net from close range.

 

Despite a late surge of chances from Arsenal, including a disputed goal-line incident involving Kim Little's touch on a corner, City held firm to secure their quarter-final berth.

 

The match had a history of intensity, with the last encounter at Meadow Park seeing Arsenal prevail 2-1. On this occasion, players like Katie McCabe, Lauren Hemp, and Lotte Wubben-Moy engaged in spirited battles on the pitch.

 

The clash between managers Jonas Eidevall and Gareth Taylor from the previous meeting was replaced by the players' on-field determination. City's goalkeeper, Khiara Keating, made critical saves in the closing moments, denying Arsenal's attempts to equalize, while controversy surrounded a late corner where Arsenal believed the ball had crossed the line, but the goal was not awarded.

 

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