7 The Daily Telegraph Monday 31 August 2020 ** drawing first blood in rivalry with City sea manager, said of rumours linking Harder to the club after Saturday’s game: “I’d never speculate on other teams, and players, and especially considering there’s a Champions League tomorrow.” Chelsea overcame FA Cup holders Manchester City 2-0 at Wembley in the first elite domestic women’s football match in England for almost 200 days. A red card for Manchester City midfielder Jill Scott, just after the hour – a second yellow for a second challenge on Chelsea playmaker Ji So-yun – turned the game in Chelsea’s favour, but Scott will not be suspended due to the non-competitive status of the game. Soon after, Chelsea defender Millie Bright opened the scoring with a fierce drive from outside the area that dipped beyond keeper Ellie Roebuck, before Erin Cuthbert added the second in stoppage time. It was the first defeat for City manager Gareth Taylor. City fullback Esme Morgan told the club website that the sight of Chelsea, who have emerged as their closest rivals in recent seasons, lifting the trophy would motivate City to win the five remaining trophies, including the Champions League and two FA Cups, given last season’s will be resumed from the quarterfinal stage. “This will only give us a lot more drive and determination to turn things around in the season and compete for all the other trophies,” Morgan, 19, said. “Watching them celebrate and throw the champagne around hurts a lot and makes the disappointment really intense, but we’ll work even harder to put it right.” Chelsea (4-4-2) Berger; Mjelde, Bright, Eriksson, Andersson (Fleming 90+4); Ingle, Reiten (Charles 88), Leupolz, Ji; Kerr (England 71), Kirby (Cuthbert 72). Telford (g), Thorisdottir, Blundell, Carter, Spence. (4-3-3) Roebuck; Morgan, Houghton, Bonner, Stokes; Scott, Walsh, Weir (Mewis 68); Kelly, Stanway (White 83), Hemp (Beckie 26). Bardsley (g), Benameur, Campbell, Coombs, Park. Scott. Scott. Rebecca Welch (Durham). Subs Manchester City Subs Booked Sent off Referee Lyon crowned as Le Sommer steals the show By Katie Whyatt Wolfsburg 1-3 Lyon Popp 58 Le Sommer 25, Kumagai 44 Gunnarsdottir 88 At some point Lyon’s dominance in this competition must end, but even now – when the consensus is they are on the wane – they can beat German champions Wolfsburg for a fifth successive Champions League crown. The player who opened the scoring and set up Lyon’s third, Eugenie Le Sommer, was only on the field because of Ada Hegerberg’s ACL injury and Nikita Parris’s suspension. She scored her 47th Champions League goal by following up the rebound from her first strike. Lyon’s Saki Kumagai smacked home her team’s second just before half-time. It was hard to envisage a way back in for Wolfsburg, who had struggled to get the talismanic Pernille Harder into decent positions, but they scored just before the hour through Alexandra Popp’s dinked header. Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir backheeled Lyon’s third beyond Friederike Abt. Lucy Bronze, the first English player of any gender to win three successive Champions Leagues, said: “What makes this one the more special is five in a row, and I can’t see any club being able to accomplish that ever again. “People said it was the best time to play Lyon at the minute because they’re missing so many players, but the first half we were still the best team by a long shot.” Crowd pilot 100 fans saw Lewes draw 1-1 with London Bees at the Dripping Pan
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