Spurs beat Manchester City with controversial late goal

Tottenham made it two wins from two in the Women’s Super League, coming from behind to win 2-1 against Manchester City at the Academy Stadium.

City were runners up to Chelsea last season, whilst Tottenham finished eighth. City also went the whole of last season unbeaten at home (9 wins, 2 draws) whilst Spurs won just twice on the road last season, so the result comes as quite the shock.

The hosts went in front after just six minutes. Alex Greenwood delivered from a corner, Lauren Hemp was left unmarked at the near post and she guided her header into the far corner.

City stayed on top after opening the scoring, Georgia Stanway hit the post before Ellen White was denied by a fabulous save from Rebecca Spencer.

Spurs equalised on 60 minutes, completely against the run of play. Rachel Williams drilling the ball home from Chioma Ubogagu’s cross from the left.

Filippa Angeldal then missed another glorious opportunity for City. The midfielder, making her debut after joining from Norwegian side Hacken, blazed over from inside the box after linking up with Hemp.

Spurs won the game in the 86th minute in controversial fashion. Substitute Angela Addison crossed from the right, the ball clearly came off the hands of Rosella Ayane before deflecting off Steph Houghton, off the post and finally into the back of the net off City keeper Karima Taieb.

The goal was awarded by referee Abigail Byrne and went down as a Taieb own goal, meaning City lost at home in the WSL for the first time since 2018.

City boss Gareth Taylor was understandably unhappy:

“It’s pretty incredible that we’ve not had that chalked off.” Taylor stated.

“We should have been out of sight by the time it gets to that and it should have been a consolation for them. But at the end of the day, it’s something we don’t want to happen.

“We want to improve the standards across the board. There were a few dodgy decisions tonight and that was certainly one of them.

“If the officials were to see that back, I’m pretty certain they would say the goal shouldn’t have stood. I don’t think it was one hand. It was literally two hands.

“It completely put Steph Houghton off clearing the ball. It doesn’t help us.

“We had it last season – the handball down at Chelsea that went against us, the penalty here against Chelsea that was never a penalty.

“We’re only in round two and there’s been some pretty contentious decisions that have happened in the game.”

The Women’s Super League now faces an international break. City have EIGHT players included in Sarina Wiegman’s first squad, for 2023 World Cup qualifiers against North Macedonia and Luxembourg.

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