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FA WSL Matchday 8 round-up: Man City bounces back

FA WSL Matchday 8 round-up: Man City bounces back from Chelsea loss, Sam Kerr bags a hattrick, Arsenal downs Man Utd

November 24, 2021 By Juan Aguerrevere
Manchester City bounced back from an embarrassing 4-0 home loss against Chelsea by taking down Aston Villa 5-0 in the weekend. Let’s take a look at what happened in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League Matchday 8.

The Claret and Blue frustrated the Citizens throughout the entirety of the first half, keeping the score at a goalless draw. However, Scottish midfielder Caroline Weir gave Man City an early lead in the second half, and the team proceeded to score four more after. Australian forward Haley Rasso notched her first two goals as a Manchester City player from the bench.

The win against Aston Villa put Manchester City just five points away from Brighton & Hove Albion despite a rocky 2-4-1 start to their 2021/22 Barclays FA Women's Super League season. With more than half of the season left to play, Man City’s Champions League qualification hopes are well-alive.

While Manchester City is showing good signs of a comeback, Manchester United is tumbling down the FA WSL table. 

Manager Mark Skinner’s Manchester United failed to win a league match for the fourth consecutive time. The last time Man Utd picked up three points was over a month ago – Oct. 3 – in a 2-0 away win against Birmingham City. The Red Devils' last four league results have been three draws – against Man City, Tottenham, Everton – and a 2-0 home loss to Arsenal last weekend. United now sits in sixth with 12 points behind West Ham, Tottenham and Brighton.

Skinner has two weeks to regather, plan and prepare for a game against third-place Brighton on Dec. 12.

Lastly, Birmingham City became Chelsea’s latest victim after losing 5-0 at Kingsmeadow. Australian forward Sam Kerr scored a hattrick to go to the top of the goalscoring charts with nine goals in just eight games and five starts. 

Barclays FA Women’s Super League action will return on Saturday, Dec. 11, when Reading hosts Chelsea at Madejski Stadium.  

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Chelsea’s Fran Kirby and Arsenal’s Katie McCabe are tied at the top of the assists table with five assists apiece. Both Kirby and McCabe scored and assisted in the weekend.

Fran Kirby is the first Chelsea player to score 100 goals

Seven of the 11 The Best FIFA Women’s Player nominees play in the FA WSL. The award will be handed on Jan. 17, 2021.

  • Ellen White – Manchester City
  • Lucy Bronze – Manchester City 
  • Magdalena Eriksson - Chelsea
  • Pernille Harder - Chelsea
  • Sam Kerr – Chelsea 
  • So-Yun Ji - Chelsea
  • Vivianne Miedema – Arsenal

Arsenal has now scored 100 set-piece goals in the Barclays FA WSL.

Forward Lauren James made her FA WSL as a Chelsea against Birmingham City.

Birmingham City announced Darren Carter as their interim head coach.

Vivianne Miedema’s goal against Manchester United on the weekend means that she has now scored against every single club she has ever faced in the FA WSL.

Arsenal captain Kim Little reached 100 club appearances.

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