Alessia Russo scored a late winner to help Manchester United Women produce one of the high-scoring football scores of the weekend action in the Women’s Super League. After second-half goals from Frida Maanum (46) and Laura Wienroither (73) canceled out Ella Toone’s first-half goal, Arsenal was five minutes away from securing its seventh straight victory (39). Miller Turner’s goal (85) brought United back into the game, but Russo’s spectacular winner off the underside of the crossbar (90+1) silenced the vast majority of the 40,064 spectators inside the Emirates Stadium. United’s sixth and greatest victory of the year brings them even with league-leading Arsenal on 18 points after they suffered their first WSL loss in 15 games.
Goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger was forced into action to thwart Toone before the Gunners stopper unconvincingly flapped at a cross and had Beth Mead to thank for clearing the danger. United increased in size with each passing minute. Six minutes before halftime, the goalkeeper mishandled a cross from the right, and Toone improvised superbly to turn in United’s first goal. Zinsberger would not get away with another one. At the half, United was rightfully in the lead, but that advantage would only last 34 seconds as Maanum’s, fortunately, deflected long shot brought Arsenal back into the game.
A late Arsenal onslaught culminated in the Gunners gaining the lead for the first time as Vivianne Miedema made her eagerly anticipated comeback to first-team action. The game’s greatest cross, from the left, was delivered to the area by Katie McCabe and reached the late-arriving Wienroither, who unerringly finished the first time to give Arsenal a lead they believed would guarantee another victory. The United, however, had other plans. Before Russo completed the incredible comeback in extra time, Turner met captain Katie Zelem’s cross five minutes from the end and planted an equalizer beyond Zinsberger in the Arsenal goal.
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