14.D’Angelo; 2.Fox, 6.Williamson(c), 3.Wubben-Moy, 15.McCabe; 21.Pelova, 32.Cooney-Cross; 9.Mead, 12.Maanum, 19.Foord; 23.Russo.
Subs: 1.Zinsberger, 7.Catley, 10.Little, 13.Walti, 24.Lacasse, 25.Blackstenius, 27.Codina, 28.Ilestedt, 40.Williams
A week after seeing their league title chances take a huge hit, Arsenal are now out of the FA Women’s Cup after losing 1-0 at home to Manchester City in the fifth round.
The match started at a very high tempo, with both sides sacrificing some of their usual patience in possession for more directness.
The first effort on goal came on a quick transition moment. From a throw in, Frida Maanum broke through the midfield and passed wide to Foord, who drove towards goal, and then shot from the edge of the box, with Keating having a comfortable save.
City began to exert a bit more control, constructing a number of moves with long sequences of passes. Arsenal, though, were able to prevent City from creating good crossing situations or openings, meaning that at half time the one shot on target was Foord’s.
Sabrina D’Angelo was finally tested, with Shaw shooting from range along the ground. Arsenal then responded: Pelova got around Coombs, drove to the edge of the box and then shot wide of Kheating’s far post as both sides increased their attacking intensity.
Foord then drove into the box, beat Casparij, but Hasegawa intervened and put the ball behind as Foord collided with Kheating.
City then won a corner of their own. Kelly’s delivery met Shaw, and her goal bound header was saved by a leaping D’Angelo. From the ensuing corner, D’Angelo came but couldn’t get the cross, with Williamson clearing Shaw’s effort off the line.
With 65 minutes gone, Eidevall made a double change. Stina Blackstenius replaced Alessia Russo, and Steph Catley replaced Katie McCabe. Manchester City made a change of their own, with Mary Fowler replacing Bunny Shaw.
After Blackstenius’ cross was cleared to the edge of the area, Mead shot, with the effort straight at Kheating.
Manchester City then took the lead. Kelly won a free kick. From the free kick, the ball was delivered into the box. Catley couldn’t clear, deflecting the ball straight into the path of Aleixandri, who finished first time.
Eidevall made a double change after the goal. Laia Codina replaced Leah Williamson, and Lia Wälti came on for Kyra Cooney-Cross.
With the match into the final 10 minutes, Eidevall made his final change, with Kim Little replacing Frida Maanum.
Emily Fox went close to equalising. Codina’s pass found her on the inside right channel, Fox drove in, and her shot went through Greenwood’s legs and just wide of the far post.
Blackstenius then met Catley’s excellent cross, but could only head straight at Kheating as the match entered 6 minutes of stoppage time.
Kheating then made a superb save. Fox cross, Pelova met the cross, and her looping header was going in until Kheating was able to claw the ball behind for a corner.
Kheating then made another fantastic save. Mead knocked down D’Angelo’s long ball for Little, whose strike was punched over. Arsenal then thought Kheating carried the ball over the goal line. The corner was parried by Kheating, and it looked to have crossed the line, but with no goal line technology, the goal wasn’t given. Wälti was then able to slip Catley in, but her cross was poor, and as it was cleared away, the final whistle blew.