Women’s Continental League Cup: Alex Morgan misses deciding penalty at Arsenal

Alex Morgan
Alex Morgan has scored 107 times in 169 international games for the United States

Alex Morgan missed the deciding penalty as Tottenham lost 5-4 in a shootout at north London rivals Arsenal in the Women’s Continental League Cup.

The United States striker came on as a substitute in a 2-2 draw, before the group-stage game went to a shootout to determine who received a bonus point.

But the result saw both Arsenal and Spurs eliminated from the cup.

Chelsea top Group B, although their match away at second-tier team London City Lionesses was postponed.

The Championship side had to call their game off shortly before kick-off on Wednesday after two of their first-team players and one member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.

Leicester’s trip to Birmingham City was also postponed for the same protocol reasons after a positive test within the home camp.

But the result between Arsenal and Spurs ensured holders Chelsea will go through to the quarter-finals and the Gunners cannot finish as one of the two best runners-up.

Meanwhile, Women’s Super League side Bristol City ensured their progression to the last eight as Group F winners as they won at Lewes to claim a third win from three.

West Ham also went through as Group D winners thanks to their comfortable win at Charlton.

Wednesday’s results:

Group B

Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham

London City Lionesses P-P Chelsea

Group C

Everton 1-0 Liverpool

Group D

Brighton 0-2 Reading

Charlton Athletic 0-4 West Ham United

Group E

Birmingham City P-P Leicester City

Group F

Lewes 1-3 Bristol City

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Arsenal outcast Ozil launches new streetwear clothing brand

Well that’s one way to fill your free time, Mesut! Arsenal’s £350,000-a-week outcast Ozil launches new streetwear clothing brand as he models gear on Instagram after being frozen out by Mikel Arteta and dumped from the squad

  • Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has announced the launch of his very own clothing brand
  • The Gunners midfielder unveiled M10 Streetwear on Thursday morning
  • The former Germany international is currently frozen out of Mikel Arteta’s squad 

Mesut Ozil has launched his own clothing brand, as he looks to other ventures in the wake of his ongoing exile from Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal squad.

The Gunners midfielder was left out of the Spaniard’s Premier League squad, and is also not part of their Europa League team for the season.

It has seen the former Germany international turn his attentions to matters off the pitch, and his latest project has seen him unveil his line of leisurewear. 

Mesut Ozil has announced the launch if his own clothing brand on his social media accounts

Mesut Ozil has announced the launch if his own clothing brand on his social media accounts

The Arsenal midfielder shared his new company M10 Streetwear with followers on Thursday

The Arsenal midfielder shared his new company M10 Streetwear with followers on Thursday

Sharing the news on Instagram, Ozil wrote: ‘Excited to announce the launch of @m10streetwear, a contemporary brand producing relaxed & stylish clothing designed for everyday wear. 

‘I’m really happy to finally share this personal project with you all.’

Ozil has been frozen out Mikel Arteta's Arsenal squad, leading him to pursue other interests

Ozil has been frozen out Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal squad, leading him to pursue other interests 

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Manchester United Women 1-0 Arsenal Women: Ella Toone strike sends United top

Ella Toone
England Under-21 international Ella Toone struck the decisive blow

Ella Toone’s late strike sent Manchester United top of the Women’s Super League for the first time and ended Arsenal’s 100% start.

Jess Sigsworth chased down a loose ball and squared unselfishly for Toone, whose low shot went in via the post.

The Gunners had racked up 29 goals in their opening five WSL wins, but struggled to carve out chances.

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger prevented further damage with a superb save from Christen Press’ low shot.

United were dealt a blow before kick-off with the loss of England forward Alessia Russo, who is to have surgery on a hamstring injury suffered in training on Friday.

But it was the Reds who created the better chances in a tight game as Joe Montemurro’s free-scoring side failed to create a significant goal threat or build any pressure for record scorer Vivianne Miedema to exploit.

United States international Tobin Heath shot wide of the near post and Toone fired over after a dangerous run from Leah Galton as the pressure built on the visitors.

Just as it seemed United would be frustrated, up popped Toone to seal a fifth straight league win for Casey Stoney’s side and maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign.

‘It looked high, reckless and dangerous’

Stoney felt Arsenal should have been reduced to 10 players early in the second half, after Lotte Wubben-Moy was only shown a yellow card for a lunging tackle on Galton.

“I couldn’t believe it was a yellow,” Stoney said. “I’m far away, so I’m only judging it from far away, but it looked high, it looked reckless and it looked dangerous.

“I wasn’t pleased with it as a tackle to be honest, so yes I did think there should have been a more severe punishment.

“[Beating Arsenal] is massive for the players’ mentally and belief – going into these games – that they can compete, they can win, because a winning mindset is really important.

“You have to have belief first, that you can do it, so I think they’ve got that now.

“I actually thought we created some really good chances, and I thought we were really positive in our attacks. If I’m honest, we were the worthy winners today, on the balance of the game.”

Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro: “We’re at fault. We were beaten by the better side tonight.

“It’s about ability, and doing what you need to do under the circumstances – we didn’t. They were better than us.

“They deserved to win over the 90 minutes and I can look at the tactical structures, the organisation and where we didn’t do things, but in the end, we weren’t able to cope with what Man Utd threw at us.”

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Man Utd Women

  • 27Earps
  • 17Batlle
  • 4Turner
  • 21Turner
  • 11Galton
  • 12LaddSubstituted forZelemat 66′minutes
  • 14Groenen
  • 18HansonSubstituted forSigsworthat 45′minutes
  • 7Toone
  • 77HeathSubstituted forStaniforthat
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Women’s Super League: Arsenal 6-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Vivianne Miedema becomes WSL record scorer with hat-trick

Vivianne Miedema
Vivianne Miedema has scored in each of her past six WSL appearances

Vivianne Miedema became the first player to reach 50 Women’s Super League goals as Arsenal thrashed Tottenham.

Needing one goal to eclipse Nikita Parris’ all-time WSL record of 49, Miedema claimed a first-half hat-trick, with Katie McCabe and Caitlin Foord also on target before the break.

Arsenal keeper Manuela Zinsberger saved Rianna Dean’s second-half penalty before Foord grabbed her second.

Lucia Leon headed in a consolation, but Arsenal made it five wins from five.

Miedema made her piece of history with a low finish from a tight angle after McCabe had given the hosts an early lead with a brilliant curling free-kick.

The game was as good as over inside 15 minutes when the Spurs defence failed to deal with a long ball and Foord ran on to slot past keeper Becky Spencer.

A quickfire double from Miedema put the hosts out of sight by half-time, the first via a deflection from an acute angle before the Dutch international combined with Foord to tap in her 12th goal in her past six WSL games.

The visitors had a chance to restore some pride after the break when McCabe brought down Leon, but Zinsberger kept out Dean’s spot-kick.

Foord rubbed salt in the wound via a deflected sixth – Arsenal’s 29th league goal in five games this term – but Spurs had the final word thanks to Leon’s bullet header.

The win sent Arsenal two points clear at the top after Everton were held to a draw by Brighton.

Record-breaker Miedema maintains ruthless form

While strikers are often placed in the elite category if they manage a ratio of a goal every two games, Miedema has a staggering WSL average of better than a goal a game, netting 52 times in just 50 appearances for the Gunners.

After topping the WSL scoring charts for the past two campaigns, the 24-year-old has been in blistering form in 2020, netting in each of her past six WSL fixtures.

Modelling her game on prolific Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie when growing up, Miedema made her senior debut for Heerenveen aged just 15, and top-scored in the Dutch women’s league in 2013-14 with 39 goals.

She top-scored at the Uefa Women’s Under-19s Championship that summer as the Netherlands took the title, and was snapped up by Bayern Munich where she won two Bundesliga winner’s medals.

On the senior international stage, Miedema bagged eight goals at the Women’s European Championships in 2017, helping the Dutch women to their first major silverware before swapping Germany for north London that summer.

Arsenal players celebrate
Arsenal players celebrating with Vivianne Miedema has been a common sight during her time with the Gunners

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Arsenal Women

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 6Williamson
  • 5Beattie
  • 15McCabeBooked at 75mins
  • 21Gut
  • 13Wälti
  • 7van de DonkSubstituted forMaceat 77′minutes
  • 9Mead
  • 11MiedemaSubstituted forWubben-Moyat 65′minutes
  • 19FoordSubstituted forDenton
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