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Tottenham 0-1 Chelsea: Player Ratings as Blues Take Lead in WSL Title Race

Chelsea took control of the Women’s Super League title race with a narrow 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Emma Hayes’ side needed a win to overtake Manchester City at the top of the table on goal difference. The result now means the race Chelsea had previously declared “done” extends to the final day of the match when they take on Manchester United at Old Trafford. City go to Aston Villa.

Only two goals separate the top two teams on goal difference, and that could come down to this if both teams win their respective remaining games.

As expected, Chelsea dominated possession and created most of the chances in the first half. The first big chance came just before the 15th minute when Niamh Charles made a stunning run down the left and met Maika Hamano with her cross, but the Japan international was unable to get her diving header on target.

The first real chance for Spurs came a few minutes later when Jess Naz picked up the ball in a good area and had the opportunity to play the pass to Celin Bizet in space. However, too many contacts with the ball meant that the passing path was interrupted and she instead took over the shot and fired it confidently like Zecira Musovic.

Hamano made up for her previous miss before half-time when she broke the deadlock. Guro Reiten found space on the left and this time Hamano completed the cross with ease.

Shortly before the final whistle, Spurs had numerous chances, but Grace Clinton’s shot went wide and then there was no one in the box to block a dangerous cross from Naz. Similar to Sunday’s FA Cup final against Manchester United, it was the last ball that let Spurs down.

Robert Vilahamn’s team looked more threatening in the first exchanges after the break. Defenders Luana Buhler and Ashleigh Neville both had chances but couldn’t find the net.

As the second half progressed, Chelsea regained their footing and Hayes’ substitutes definitely made a difference and allowed them to see the result. Despite a late attack from Spurs, the current champions were able to narrowly hold on to victory.

Bethany England, Jess Carter

Tottenham’s Bethany England fights for the ball against Chelsea’s Jess Carter / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

TW: Barbora Votikova – 6/10 – He saved a few chances in the first half and was lucky Chelsea couldn’t capitalize.

RB: Ashleigh Neville – 6/10 – It was a difficult evening against Reiten and the winger was beaten a few times. When Charlotte Grant came on for Nilden, she swapped crosses and had more fun as she was able to influence the game more.

CB: Amy James Turner – 510 – Had a crucial goal-saving block at 0-0 after Reiten ran off Neville’s shoulder to block a shot. Attempted header in the second half when Spurs were in the lead.

CB: Luana Bühler – 6/10 – Could have scored the equalizer at the start of the second half had it not been on the line at the last moment. Overwhelmed by Johanna Rytting, Kaneryd and Chelsea were almost in, but Spurs were just able to deal with the danger.

LB: Amanda Nilden – 5/10 – Had a difficult first half with Hamano causing all sorts of problems. Was sent off before half-time with an apparent ankle injury.

CM: Grace Clinton – 6/10 – He lost the ball a few times in battles with Cuthbert. Two half-chances before half-time but was unable to punish Chelsea on either attempt.

CM: Eveliina Summanen – 5/10 – A desperate but crucial last-ditch effort to defend early in the second half to keep Spurs in the game. Struggled to get a good grip on the midfield and had a quiet night.

CM: Drew Spence – 6/10 – Better control of play in midfield in the second half after Chelsea dominated the first. However, she was forced out late on due to injury, which was a huge blow for Spurs as she was key to everything they did well.

RW: Jess Naz – 6/10 – At the beginning he was offside a few times. Shot from distance when a better pass came through.

ST: Bethany England – 5/10 – Almost helped Beever-Jones in a bizarre attempt at clearance. It’s lucky not to be punished. Otherwise, she struggled to really make a difference.

LW: Celin Bizet – 6/10 – Nice footwork to beat both Charles and Cuthbert on the right but slipped as she brought in the cross and Bright was able to clear the ball.

Substitute

SUB: Charlotte Grant (47′ for Amanda Nilden) – 6/10 – There was an important defense in the second half when Cuthbert shot into the box. When she was on the pitch, Spurs looked more in control, particularly at the start of the second half.

SUB: Martha Thomas (65′ for Jess Naz) – 5/10

SUB: Matilda Vinberg (65′ for Celin Bizet) – 5/10

SUB: Kit Graham (81′ for Drew Spence) – 5/10

Substitutes not used: Ramona Petzelberger, Kit Graham, Olga Ahtinen, Rosella Ayane, Eleanor Heeps, Wang Shuang

Manager

Robert Vilahamn – 6/10 – His team struggled in the first half but did well not to let the game slip away. They had some fantastic chances but their finishing and last ball let them down again on the night.

Aggie Beever-Jones, Catarina Macario, Erin Cuthbert, Niamh Charles, Millie Bright

Chelsea Women during the game against Tottenham / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

GK: Zecira Musovic – 6/10 – I was lucky that a sloppy pass at the start of the second half wasn’t penalized. Reliable when used, especially when Spurs were on top in the second half.

RB: Ashley Lawrence – 7/10 – Comfortable in possession and keeping things moving. He dealt well with Spurs’ threat in the first half but struggled a bit in the second half. Replaced by the experienced Jess Carter, 20 minutes before the end of the game.

CB: Millie Bright – 7/10 – A crucial free-kick after Bizet beat Charles and Cuthbert to fire a cross home in the second half. Handled everything Spurs threw at them well.

CB: Nathalie Björn – 7/10 – The first half was comfortable, but I had a little more trouble against Naz in the early stages of the second. The game was much easier to read when the Spurs striker was eliminated.

LB: Niamh Charles – 8/10 – I found a lot of space in the first half and was heavily involved. Was on the back foot in the second 45 minutes as Spurs looked more threatening, but their experience showed as they kept Spurs at bay.

RM: Maika Hamano – 8/10 – Wasted a great chance early in the first half when picked out by Charles. The header could not be kept down and missed the target. Equalized the score before half-time with the first goal of the game and was constantly involved for Chelsea.

CM: Melanie Leupolz – 7/10 – At the heart of everything Chelsea did, alongside Cuthbert in midfield. Relentlessly fouled but carried on. Regained the ball in dangerous areas and brought her team into attack.

CM: Erin Cuthbert – 7/10 – In the first half he was in complete control and was first in everything. The influence waned in the first 15 minutes of the second half but grew again as Chelsea got back into the swing of things.

LM: Guro Riding – 7/10 – Caused Neville big problems on the left early on and got the assist for the opening goal. She got the assist for Hamano’s goal and was a constant threat before being substituted late on.

ST: Aggie Beever-Jones – 7/10 – In the second half, a daring shot almost extended the team’s lead, but the ball narrowly missed the far post. Had lots of chances but couldn’t finish them on the night.

ST: Catarina Macario – 7/10 – She dropped deep to collect the ball and Spurs couldn’t control her movement, leading to the opening goal. Her move left Spurs with a lot of questions before she was eliminated.

Substitute

SUB: Sjoeke Nusken (70′ for Catarina Macario) – 6/10

SUB: Jess Carter (70′ for Ashley Lawrence) – 7/10

SUB: Johanna Rytting Kaneryd (70′ for Maika Hamano) – 7/10

SUB: Lauren James (79′ for Aggie Beever-Jones) – 6/10

SUB: Fran Kirby (79′ for Guro Riding) – 6/10

Substitutes not used: Sophie Ingle, Maren Mjelde, Hannah Hampton, Kadeisha Buchanan

Manager

Emma Hayes – 7/10 – Did enough to get their side over the finish line. Their second half substitutes made the difference as Spurs were massively ahead and looked more likely to score.

Player of the match: Maika Hamano (Chelsea)

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