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Chelsea Ladies draw with Arsenal

19/05/2017

Chelsea Ladies were held to a draw thanks to a late Arsenal goal on Wednesday night.

The Blues went behind after a penalty decision went against them, before coming back with a goal in the second half and then going ahead in extra time.

However, Arsenal Ladies scored with almost the last kick of the game to make it 2-2 at the final whistle.

Emma Hayes made two changes to the side that beat Reading 4-0, bringing in Ji So-Yun and Crystal Dunn for Drew Spence and Eniola Aluko.

Despite a strong start, Chelsea went behind after half an hour. Carly Telford misjudged the bounce of a ball, fumbled it, and collided with a Arsenal striker.

The striker was in the box, so didn't hesitate to go down.

The Chelsea goalkeeper made a good save to deny the first shot, but the penalty taker was first to the deflected ball to put the Gunners ahead.

The Blues looked for an opening to score an equaliser, which eventually came in the second half.

Maren Mjelde lofted in a brilliant free-kick, which Millie Bright headed into the Arsenal net.

The Blues made it 2-1 in the first minute of stoppage time, after another brilliant passage of play.

Crystal Dunn controlled the ball into the path of Drew Spence on the edge of Arsenal's box. The Chelsea midfielder dribbled into the box and poked it past the Gunner's goalkeeper and into the net.

The Blues thought they had won the match, but there was one last moment of heartache when Arsenal equalised thanks to a huge deflection in the final minute.

‘I'm a perfectionist – I want everything to be the way I want it to be, and if it's not then I'm not going to pretend I'm happy,’ said Emma Hayes after the game. ‘But I am proud of the character. At half-time, we had a very honest conversation and I asked for a response, which I got.

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