Clinical Chelsea thwarts Man City in thrilling 2-2 WSL draw

Chelsea, which faces Tottenham away and Reading at home in its final two fixtures, is on 51 points while City, which hosts Birmingham City before travelling to West Ham for its last game of the season, is on 49.

The draw leaves the Blues two points ahead of City with two games left to play.   -  Reuters

Leader Chelsea held off a second-half onslaught from second-placed Manchester City to secure a 2-2 draw in a pulsating FA Women's Super League clash on Wednesday that leaves the Blues two points ahead of City with two games left to play.

Chelsea, which faces Tottenham Hotspur away and Reading at home in its final two fixtures, is on 51 points while City, which hosts Birmingham City before travelling to relegation-threatened West Ham for its last game of the season, is on 49.

Sam Kerr gave reigning champion Chelsea the lead in the 25th minute when she met Erin Cuthbert's corner with a powerful header that defender Alex Greenwood at the near post could not keep out.

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Chloe Kelly struck back quickly for City, stealing in behind the defence to stab home Lauren Hemp's cross, but the home side's joy was short-lived as keeper Ellie Roebuck brought down Kerr in the box and Pernille Harder scored from the spot.

With City storming forward in the second half and Chelsea dogged in defence, it took an uncharacteristic mistake from Fran Kirby and a poor clearance from Millie Bright to give the home side a chance which Hemp hammered home in the 75th minute to make it 2-2.

German keeper Ann-Katrin Berger pulled off a string of late saves, including a world-class stop from a Kelly header, to ensure that Chelsea hung on for a draw that keeps its fate in its own hands.

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