Sam Kerr snatches one last point from Chelsea against Arsenal at the Emirates

Sam Kerr snatches one last point from Chelsea against Arsenal at the Emirates

Sam Kerr’s last-gasp header ensured Chelsea retained their grip at the top of the Women’s Super League table with a 1-1 draw against Arsenal in front of 46,811 at the Emirates.

The hosts controlled much of the game but were unable to find the finishing touch until captain Kim Little’s shot from the penalty spot in the 57th minute.

Steph Catley’s second half effort from distance hit the crossbar and the Gunners, who were very much the dominant side, looked set to seal the points, but the resilient Blues came to life in the closing minutes.

Chelsea remain three points clear of Arsenal, who have one game to go, at the top of the WSL table.

Frida Maanum tested Zecira Musovic with an early cross from the right corner before Stina Blackstenius mirrored her effort from the right, both attempts easily handled by the Chelsea keeper.

Chelsea survived a wave of attacks from Arsenal and the ball fell to Lauren James, who ducked down the right channel into the box and sent a shot from the cross wide to Manuela Zinsberger’s left post.

Arsenal threatened when Blackstenius won the ball in midfield and flicked a clean pass to Lina Hurtig on the edge of the box, who managed to steer the ball through two blue jerseys but Musovic was there to stop it.

Musovic was soon back in action, first frustrating Caitlin Foord and then jumping in to prevent Maanum from opening the scoring with a shot from the right.

Chelsea found a brief foothold but the first 20 minutes were controlled by the hosts as Maanum fired another low, hard shot between two blues and into the path of the waiting Musovic.

Kadeisha Buchanan did well to stave off the initial threat of another attacking wave with two vital blocks in quick succession, but the ball remained in the Chelsea half. The Gunners wasted a corner, then Hurtig pounced on a Maanum pass but sent his attempt from a tight angle into the side netting.

The teams went goalless at half-time during which former Arsenal stalwart Jordan Nobbs, who joined Aston Villa this month, took to the pitch to say farewell after 12 years as gunner.

The second half began much as the first ended as the hosts asserted themselves, Zinsberger blocking Hurtig’s effort from the right and positioning his body in front of the Swedish international’s attempt to head from close range soon after.

Arsenal finally took the lead when Niamh Charles brought Foord down while driving on the left and referee Emily Heaslip pointed to the spot. Skipper Little came up and fired into the right corner.

The hosts were inches from doubling their lead when Catley unleashed an effort from distance, and Zinsberger appeared to get his fingers on the ball before it bounced off the crossbar.

Chelsea substitute Jelena Cankovic made an almost instant impact, sending a long ball into the box for Kerr to head cleanly in the 89th minute to snatch a valuable point.

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