It is not very unusual these days to find a lot of posts about women empowerment or feminism while scrolling down through your Facebook news feed or anywhere else on the internet. There will soon be a time, or maybe there already is to some extent, when there will be absolutely no difference left between men and women except for physical appearance.
And how awesome it would be to see that change taking place even in our favourite game of football as you get to see some hot and fresh legs on a football ground, giving you all the excitement and thrill of a football game every weekend or midweek.
But for now, it can only happen in an imaginary world. So let’s dig deeper into that world and look at a match report of a game that took place between the ladies of Chelsea and Arsenal.
The Western part of London was set to witness the most awaited clash in the Premier League since the beginning of March, as the ladies in blue hosted the high flying Arsenal in this London Derby.
Both the managers, Mrs. Joey Mourinho and Mrs. Arsenia Wenger, who were recently involved in an online tweets’ war, decided to settle down on their seats without any handshake. But the atmosphere was sure to get more intense than this.
For the hosts, the good news was the return of their captain, Jinny Terry, who came in to strengthen the back four after recovering from a month long injury to her hamstring. It was not the first London Derby for Cescinia Fabregas, but it was the first of all occasions when she was not in an Arsenal shirt as she lined up in a defensive midfield position, along with Nomy Matic, in a usual 4-2-3-1 Chelsea formation.
Arsenal on the other hand, were without their start attacking midfielder Mariana Ozil who was shown a red card in their last game against Queen’s Park Rangers for an incident involving verbal fight with QPR’s Jolly Barton. Mrs. Arsenia, thus, decided to change to a 4-3-3 to restrict the role of an attacking midfielder, with Olivia Giroud as the centre forward, along with Alice Sanchez on her left and Tammy Rosicky, who had recently been in news following her split-up with her boyfriend, on her right.
Tammy Rosicky wasn’t the only one linked with a HAB (Husbands and Boyfriends) news on the evening. Among the spectators was the Hollywood actor Jake Anderson, Gardenia Cahill’s boyfriend, as the camera-lady couldn’t help but shift her focus on him again and again.
So this is how the starting 11 of both the sides looked:
Chelsea– Thibby Courtois (GK); Susan Azpilicuetta, Gardenia Cahill, Jinny Terry (C), Flora Luis; Nomy Matic, Cescinia Fabregas; Adele Hazard, Oscinia, June Cuadrado; Andrea Costa
Arsenal- Daisy Ospina (GK); Kora Gibbs, Loreal Koscielny, Perry Mertesacker (C), Nassy Monreal; Adrianne Ramsey, Sally Cazorla, Jaclyn Wilshere; Alice Sanchez, Olivia Giroud, Tammy Rosicky
Hosts Chelsea were able to open the scoring within the first ten minutes of the kick-off against a shaky Arsenal defence. Oscinia rose to the occasion, justifying her excellent work rate, as she collected the ball back during an Arsenal counter attack and made an electric run down the right, tearing apart their defence, and making an inch-perfect cross, only for Andrea Costa to put the ball inside the net through a header. Andrea became the leading goalscorer in the league with 25 goals in 28 games, followed by Manchester City’s Sarah Aguero, with whom she was earlier leveled at 24 goals.
The rest of the half saw the ladies in blue completely dominating their North London counterparts, but the credit had to be given to their lady between the posts, Daisy Ospina, who had the back of a poor Arsenal defence for most of the time. The away team did manage to pull one back in the 44th minute when Alice Sanchez led a counter attack after receiving a cleared ball from their captain, Perry Mertesacker. Alice after successfully getting past Gardenia Cahill, found herself in a one-on-one situation with Thibby Courtois, but the Chile international found teammate Olivia Giroud who had the simple task of putting the ball into the empty goal.
There were bookings on either side in the Chelsea dominated first half. Susan Azpilicueta was shown a yellow in the 12th minute for making a harsh challenge on Arsenal’s Tammy Rosicky. On the other hand, their goalscorer, Olivia Giroud, was booked in the 39th minute following an argument with the referee after she didn’t award her with a freekick for a challenge by Flora Luis.
The dramatic 2nd half had a lot in store, but not in terms of the number of goals. The Blues finally managed to steal the winner in the 85th minute from a Cescinia Fabregas corner, who had been silent for most part of the game, with Adele Hazard tapping it in quite easily after Cahill got a head to it.
The final score read 2-1 in the favor of the home team but there would have surely been one more goal in Chelsea’s bag, had that clear foul by Loreal Koscielny on June Cuadrado, in the 66th minute, inside the penalty box been given as a penalty. Referee, Martina Clattenburg, denied to take any action and signaled for game on as Koscielny luckily escaped a red.
Arsenal did manage to play attacking football in the 2nd half as the visitors decided to go for the winner instead of settling for a draw, but were unable to break the deadlock of Chelsea’s defence on multiple occasions. And it was the home team who took all the three points, and retained their No.1 spot in the points’ table with 69 points in 28 games, followed by Manchester City with 67. Arsenal, for now, are settled at their beloved 4th spot with 63 points in as many number of games, after the results of this London Derby.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi