Women’s Liverpool 2-1 Chelsea Women’s: Katie Stingel’s penalty kicks surprise win for Reds | football news

Two second-half penalties from Katie Stengel gave Liverpool a shock 2-1 win over champions Chelsea on their return to the Champions League in front of a record-breaking crowd at Prenton Park.

The champions looked ready for a routine evening when they picked up their first penalty kick in the match within two minutes. Gilly Flaherty’s clumsy challenge to Guru Ritten saw referee Emily Heslip point to the penalty spot. Then Euro 2022 winner Fran Kirby made her first Chelsea appearance since February.

But the Blues were guilty of not taking any risks, with Sam Kerr, in particular, cutting a frustrated character up front, said manager Emma Hayes. Sky Sports After the match: “For us in the future, I didn’t think we could hit the barn door today.”

Liverpool climbed into their second-half game in front of 3,006 fans – the highest attendance ever for a Liverpool Women’s match at Prenton Park.

Flaherty made up for herself in the first half when she helped win the first penalty kick for Liverpool. Her flick of Megan Campbell’s long throw hit Millie Bright on the arm and was penalized for a handball. Stengel – who was making her WSL debut – went up and easily beat Zecira Musovic.

Stengel then won the second penalty kick, after a foul by new Chelsea player Kadisha Buchanan inside the area. The American striker maintained her composure once again and proved herself the winner, as the Blues were unable to find a response to Liverpool’s spirited performance.

While discussing the penalty shootout, Stengel told Sky Sports, “I said to myself, ‘Don’t miss, please don’t miss, all these people are going to make fun of me if I miss.'” I decided I should change it and I’m lucky I guess.

“When I apply for a penalty I have to decide before I take it which direction I’m going, take a breath and if the goalkeeper moves early I can adjust but otherwise just stick with what I decided to do.”

There were jubilant scenes among the full-time Reds, causing Chelsea’s first defeat in 2022. The WSL title holders have now lost four of their last five opening seasons.

How Liverpool surprised Chelsea

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Katie Stengel scored again from a penalty kick for Liverpool as they overturned it to beat Chelsea 2-1 in the Women’s Basketball Association.

While Liverpool faced the start of their nightmare after returning from the top flight, they recovered well and could have equalized just minutes later. After some great play from Seri Holland, her shot was stopped but Mosovic pretty much fumbled. Reds’ Emma Koivisto was waiting, but she fired her effort from just a few feet away.

Chelsea should have doubled their lead in the 20th minute. Kerr grabbed Kirby’s slash ball before passing Rachel Luz. But the offside flag was raised and the goal disallowed, despite replays showing it in play.

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Fran Kirby scored from the penalty spot in less than three minutes to give Chelsea the lead

The Blues continued to see opportunities fall their way, despite some great play from Liverpool. Erin Cuthbert’s half-aerial shot bounced past the post as Kerr nodded another softly away at the end of the first half.

The start of the second half was a quieter one, although Liverpool took another blow when Leanne Kiernan was injured just before the hour. After interference from Buchanan, she landed awkwardly and eventually stumbled with the help of two Liverpool physicists. They helped her keep any weight off her right ankle while she was carried in the tunnel.

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Katie Stingel equalized from a penalty kick for Liverpool

But record-breaking Brenton Park caught fire when Liverpool took home their second penalty in the match, expertly sent by Stengel. However, Chelsea could have moved forward shortly after a poor touch from Koivisto when he saw the ball at Ritten’s foot. But her final effort, having failed to close Flaherty, was a poor straight shot at Luz.

Liverpool ramped up their penalty tempo and the now worn out penalty point came into action again late as Stengel was fouled by Buchanan, with the striker stepping up again to eventually win the match for her team.

Chelsea could have grabbed a point late when Kerr sent the ball to Bethany England, who was lurking in the six-yard area. However, Liverpool captain Niamh Fahey was there to run and see the ball away as the Reds scored a stunning win.

Hayes: I didn’t think we’d hit the barn door today

Fran Kirby puts Chelsea on a covenant
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Fran Kirby had seen Chelsea advance early in the first half

Chelsea director Emma Hayes told Sky Sports:

“They play 4-5-1 and they don’t go out, so you have to be patient to smash them. They scored from a throw-in which was a penalty and the second was a transition which was another penalty. It’s not like it’s in open play, they have multiple shots – they zoomed in on positions .

“For us going forward, I didn’t think we could hit the barn door today.

“I think we played poorly in the first half. I think sometimes we want to win things by bigger margins when we just have to follow the process and keep going beyond football.

“I thought in the second half it became a bit stretchy for us. We still have new players coming in and they’re still learning the system. There are big responsibilities on them. But we just cancel it and go again.”

“What should we worry about losing a football match? I’m not emotional about it. I think we have to think and watch it again and next week is a new week.”

Beard gives a tactical look to Liverpool’s victory

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After his side’s 2-1 win over Chelsea, Matt Bird said Liverpool know how they can hurt Emma Hayes’ side.

Liverpool manager Matt Bird told Sky Sports:

“It’s only the first match. I felt throughout the game that we deserved it. Especially with the tactical changes we made in the first half, we started with three points at home.

“That was a bulwark for us last season, and it made it difficult and uncomfortable for Chelsea today.

“During pre-season we tested ourselves against good teams from the WSL, we started slowly in terms of not going out when we could put them under pressure, and it took a little bit of time.

Matt Bird on Van de Sanden and Kiernan injuries

“Channis [van de Sanden] Having an Achilles problem for a while, she collapsed Friday afternoon in rehearsals. Leanne I don’t know yet, it’s in a box and I suppose we’ll have an X-ray or X-ray in the coming days. “

“We just dropped Katie in Sophie Engel, to be a little tighter centrally, because Chelsea love to play and then the round.

“We stopped that from happening, and we knew we could hurt them on the counter-attack. The goals they conceded last season were either from a cross or a counter-attack. We knew we could hurt them, and we are lucky enough for us today.

“When we choose a team to play a match, we always consider changes. When I looked at the players who were involved, we were a lot older physically.

“Chelsea play a high streak and are expanding, so we wanted to go with Leanne and Mel at the base. It didn’t work for us, but we changed it and got our rewards for it.”

Critics: Liverpool definitely deserves it

Katie Stengel celebrates after Liverpool draw
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Katie Stengel celebrates after Liverpool draw

Karen Carney from Sky Sports:

“To get back the way they used to, I always felt that the first half, the score 1-0, the belief and the manager, there was something about it.

“He always got the best of his players, and in the second half they were fantastic. Chelsea were nowhere near enough, especially in the last third.

“Liverpool definitely deserves it, there were two great penalties but it’s all about the coach. He has achieved something special at this club.”

Former Arsenal striker Kelly Smith on Sky Sports:

“They were great, organized, fighters, and they believed in each other.

“Furnis, Daniels and Roberts came in and really made an impact in their energy and work rate to come back.

“It was all about teamwork tonight, getting together, believing in yourself, stifling Chelsea and they did it in the second half.”

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Both teams have big games in the WSL League next weekend. Liverpool face Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season at Anfield next Sunday, live on Sky Sports. The match kicks off at 6.45pm. Chelsea also host Manchester City on the same day; Kick-off is at 4pm.