WSL roundup: Tottenham shock Manchester City with controversial goal

Tottenham Hotspur recovered from conceding an early goal to pull off a controversial 2-1 win at Manchester City in the Women’s Super League on Sunday as Rosella Ayane handled the ball in the buildup to the winning goal.

Unbeaten at home in the league last season, City went ahead through a Lauren Hemp header in the sixth minute and, with a relentless series of attacks down Tottenham’s right, it looked to be a matter of time before they added to the tally.

Instead, Spurs got themselves back in the game against the run of play on the hour mark when Rachel Williams levelled with a first-time shot in the penalty area.

A fine display by the Tottenham goalkeeper, Rebecca Spencer, kept the visitors in contention before an own goal by her opposite number, Karima Benameur, in the 86th sealed the win, with Ayane handling before the ball hit a post and bounced off Benameur into the net.

Arsenal and Brighton went on scoring sprees on the second weekend of top-flight action in England as Leicester got another baptism of fire in the top flight.

Leicester, who lost 2-1 to Aston Villa in their first game in the WSL, went behind against Manchester United to strikes from Ella Toone and Maria Thorisdóttir before the former United player Abbie McManus reduced the deficit. A goal from Martha Thomas sealed the 3-1 win for United.

Arsenal’s striker Vivianne Miedema continued her stellar scoring form, netting a brace as her side thumped Reading 4-0 at home, and there were also goals galore at Birmingham City as the home team were hammered 5-0 by Brighton.

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