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Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea: Holders to face Man City in FA Cup final

Chelsea players celebrate
Chelsea scored two goals in 11 minutes in the second half to seal victory

Chelsea will face Manchester City in a second domestic cup final this season after they saw off league rivals Arsenal in a feisty Women’s FA Cup semi-final at Meadow Park.

There were few clear-cut chances in the first half – Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema coming close with an effort that flew over the bar – but Chelsea were clinical after the break.

Guro Reiten broke the deadlock with a stunning effort from the edge of the box, before Ji So-yun fired one in off the underside of the crossbar 11 minutes later.

Arsenal could have gone 1-0 up moments before Reiten’s opener when Beth Mead spun away in the box but dragged her shot inches wide.

Instead, cup holders Chelsea threatened to extend their lead, with Sophie Ingle and Reiten forcing smart saves from goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger, before striker Bethany England fired one over the bar.

Both sets of supporters were in fine voice – an indication of the growing rivalry between these sides, who occupy the top two spots in the Women’s Super League.

It was also the fourth meeting between the sides this season, with Arsenal’s only victory coming on the WSL’s opening day at Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea won last season’s delayed FA Cup final at Wembley in December.

Manchester City saw off West Ham to progress to the final on Saturday, and so Chelsea will have an opportunity to make amends for their League Cup final defeat in March.

Fourteen-time FA Cup winners Arsenal have not won the competition since 2016, while Chelsea are aiming to win a third title in five years.

More to follow.

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 15McCabe
  • 6Williamson
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 7Catley
  • 10Little
  • 11Miedema
  • 13WältiSubstituted forMaanumat 64′minutes
  • 9MeadBooked at 48mins
  • 25BlacksteniusSubstituted forParrisat 71′minutes
  • 19FoordSubstituted forHeathat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Beattie
  • 8Nobbs
  • 12Maanum
  • 14Parris
  • 16Maritz
  • 18Williams
  • 23Iwabuchi
  • 26Wienroither
  • 77Heath

Chelsea Women

Formation 3-5-2

  • 30Berger
  • 4Bright
  • 3Nouwen
  • 7Carter
  • 21Charles
  • 5Ingle
  • 10JiSubstituted forFlemingat 79′minutes
  • 22CuthbertBooked at 65mins
  • 11Reiten
  • 9England
  • 20KerrSubstituted forHarderat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Musovic
  • 16Eriksson
  • 17Fleming
  • 18Mjelde
  • 23Harder
  • 24Spence
  • 25Andersson
  • 27Abdullina
Referee:
Rebecca Welch
Attendance:
3,458

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenal WomenAway TeamChelsea Women
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal Women 0, Chelsea Women 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal Women 0, Chelsea Women 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal Women. Vivianne Miedema tries a through ball, but Beth Mead is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Katie McCabe.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikita Parris (Arsenal Women) header from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Beth Mead with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bethany England (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jessie Fleming.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bethany England (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aniek Nouwen.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jessica Carter (Chelsea Women).

  9. Post update

    Nikita Parris (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Millie Bright (Chelsea Women).

  11. Post update

    Kim Little (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Bethany England (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stephanie-Elise Catley (Arsenal Women).

  14. Post update

    Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tobin Heath.

  17. Post update

    Jessie Fleming (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea Women. Jessie Fleming replaces Ji So-Yun.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Arsenal Women. Lotte Wubben-Moy tries a through ball, but Nikita Parris is caught offside.

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