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65 min: Fine save by Laws Arsenal are trying to kill the game off as quickly as possible. Foord wriggles away from Bonner in the area and curls a shot that is really well saved to her left by Laws.
62 min Liverpool have worked so hard defensively. Now they somehow have to find the energy to change gear and push for an equaliser.
Fox squared the ball to the unmarked Miedema, 25 yards out. She pushed it into the space and smashed a shot that took a deflection off Bonner and flew into the roof of the net. At first I thought it had gone straight in but there was definitely a touch off Bonner and that made it harder for Laws to save. No matter: it’s Miedema’s first goal for Arsenal since her long injury lay-off.
GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Arsenal (Miedema 60)
Now that’s how to break a deadlock.
60 min: Liverpool substitution Sophie Roman Haug replaces Yana Daniels.
58 min This is a good spell for Arsenal. Miedema runs at a backpedalling Liverpool defence and releases Mead on the right of the area. She twists back inside a defender but is crowded out, and eventually Fox’s cross is headed behind for a corner.
57 min Daniels is booked for pulling back Pelova.
55 min Mead, wrongly flagged offside, slides a first-time cross towards Russo that is brilliantly cut out by Bonner on the six-yard line. There’s no VAR so any goal wouldn’t have counted, but it was outstanding defending nonetheless.
54 min Russo breaks promisingly down the left … and then mishits a cross straight through to Laws. Arsenal have been increasingly profligate in the final third.
51 min Bonner isn’t sure what’s behind her so pokes the ball behind for another Arsenal corner. She had more time than she realised. McCabe’s corner is headed away at tne near post. Arsenal keep the ball alive but Foord’s twisting header is straight at Laws. Again, not much of a chance.
49 min Arsenal have picked up where they left off. So have Liverpool, who are defending as if world peace depends on it.
46 min Peep peep! Arsenal begin the second half.
Half time: Liverpool 0-0 Arsenal
Arsenal have been much the better team without creating any clear chances. They have a big 45 minutes coming up, becaise they won’t want to slip five or six points behind Chelsea.
45+2 min: Chance for Arsenal! Suddenly it’s all happening. Foord runs at Fisk and drives a really dangerous low cross into the six-yard box. The stretching Bonner diverts it towards her own goal and Laws makes a fine reaction save with her left foot.
45+1 min: Chance for Liverpool! That might be the best opportunity of the half. Lawley scurries down the left, showing excellent pace, and waits for support. When it arrives she guides a low cross towards Daniels, who gets across McCabe at the near post but shoots over from 10 yards.
45 min Two minutes of added time.
44 min That’s Arsenal’s best chance. Mead’s corner from the right is met by Wubben-Moy, who fights to win the header on the six-yarda line but then plants it too close to Laws.
43 min It was Arsene Wenger who coined the phrase “sterile domination” 13 years ago when his side lost to Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, and it applies to this Arsenal performance. In most facets of the game they’ve been really impressive, but ultimately they’ve had only one shot on target and that was easily saved.
39 min Van de Sanden heads wide from 15 yards, a pretty ambitious effort as she was under pressure and moving away from goal. It’s Liverpool’s first goal attempt.
37 min Fox raids down the right to win Arsenal’s fifth corner, but Mead puts it straight into the side netting. I wonder whether she was going for goal.
34 min A rare Liverpool attack ends with Lundgaard overhitting a cross. They’ve been surprisingly poor on the ball.
32 min Russo has a shot on the turn blocked. A split-second earlier, Mead went over in the area after a slightly clumsy from Holland. There wasn’t enough for a penalty.
31 min Mead gets away down the right but drags her cross behind Foord in the six-yard box. Not sure where Russo was.
28 min I don’t really know what to say beyond:
1. Arsenal are totally dominating the game.
2. But they haven’t really tested Rachael Laws.
3. And it’s still 0-0.
25 min Arsenal have had 70 per cent of the possession, a figure that feels slightly low based on what we’ve seen.
23 min After some deft footwork from Miedema, Pelova hits a nice drive from 20 yards that is too close to Laws. Arsenal are so dominant.
22 min Fox mishits a cross that is flapped round the near post by Laws. Fox was well offside in the build up so Liverpool will be aggrieved if Arsenal score from the corner.
They don’t. Wubben-Moy heads wide from 12 yards, an extremely difficult chance.
19 min Lawley is booked for delaying an Arsenal throw-in. What’s the point?
18 min Arsenal have been extremely dominant without really working Rachael Laws.
15 min Foord plays in the underlapping McCabe, whose cross is blocked at the expense of a corner. It’s half cleared and swung back into the box, where Wubben-Moy flicks a dangerous header across goal. Foord looks set to score but Fisk gets to the ball just before her, booting a clearance off Foord and behind for a goalkick.
14 min Laws continues for now.
13 min The Liverpool keeper Rachael Laws is receiving treatment. It looks like it might be a muscle problem. Matt Beard takes the opportunity to give some tactical advice.
12 min “It was just fantastic for any Arsenal fan – any England fan, any fan of good football – to see Leah Williamson back on the pitch against Reading the other day,” writes Charles Antaki. “And the emotional bond among the players was wonderfully evident, especially between Williamson and Mead, who must have shared a good deal of pain (of various sorts) as they were in rehab together. Lovely to see.”
Actually Sky are showing a documentary about their rehab tonight. Sometimes I think we’ve become such slaves to data, tactics and hype that we lose sight of what will always be the most interesting thing about football: humanity.
11 min See 8 min.
8 min Liverpool are struggling to get the ball, never mind keep it. It’s been a calm, authoritative start from Arsenal.
5 min Foord twists Fisk inside out on the left edge of the area, forcing Nagano to come across and clear. Arsenal look sharp.
3 min Pelova slaloms elegantly past a couple of players and finds Russo in the area. She screws a cross that takes a deflection and is comfortably saved to her left by Laws.
2 min There’s a cracking atmosphere at Prenton Park, and it sounds like there’s a strong away contingent.
1 min Peep peep! After the players take a knee, Liverpool kick off from left to right as we watch.
As the players gather in the tunnel, here’s a reminder of the teams.
Liverpool (possible 4-3-3) Laws; Fahey, Bonner, Fisk, Matthews; Nagana, Holland;, Lundgaard; Daniels, Van de Sanden, Lawley. Substitutes: Micah, Koivisto, Clark, Hobinger, Kearns, Enderby, Roman Haug, Parry.
I just felt, looking the last 5-6 games, that our performance levels have been inconsistent, so we’ve gone with experience. We’ve got a lot of young players and sometimes you need to take them out to put them back in again. We’ve changed our shape as well so we’ll see how that works out.
Today’s WSL results
Bristol City 1-2 West Ham
Everton 0-1 Leicester City
Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa
Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Man City
Liverpool and Arsenal can go level on points with Manchester United (in fourth) and Manchester City (second) respectively.
The sky’s the limit for us. But we’re in a massively more competitive environment, which means we need to run even faster because while we are doing these things well, so are our opponents.
Matt Beard has changed more than half the Liverpool side that lost 5-1 at Manchester City last weekend. I need to double check but I think the only survivors are Gemma Bonner, Grace Fisk and Fuka Nagano.
Arsenal are unchanged from their last WSL game, a 2-1 win over Everton last weekend. Leah Williamson and Kim Little are among the subs.
Hello and welcome to live, minute-by-minute coverage of Liverpool v Arsenal at Prenton Park. It’s a landmark day for Jonas Eidevall, who manages Arsenal for the 100th time and will hope to avenge the frustrating defeat to Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season. That’s one of two reasons, the other being the loss at Spurs just before Christmas, that Arsenal start this game below Chelsea and Manchester City despite beating them in the first half of the season.
The struggles of Manchester United mean it’s a three-team title race this year, one that may well be decided by who drops the fewest points against the other nine teams. Liverpool away is an awkward game for anyone, and all three title challengers have to go to Prenton Park.