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Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0: Rivals share the spoils after the Blues were denied a penalty in a dramatic draw

EMMA HAYES questioned the decision that led to Chelsea missing a penalty kick in the gripping moments of the draw with Arsenal.

It was honored even as WSL’s title competitors battled a frantic 0-0 result in front of a sold-out Kingsmeadow crowd.

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Chelsea saw late penalty appeal denied in 0-0 draw with Arsenal[/caption]

But there is a dramatic moment with Chelsea’s late claim for a pen after the ball hit Leah Williamson’s arm late in the game.

Hayes said: “Arsenal’s The best moments of dominance were in the first half. We created some big chances that weren’t there in the second half.

“However, the point worth mentioning would be that a penalty was not given. From our perspective, it’s an obvious penalty.

“The whole stadium feels the same, even the Arsenal bench.

“The referee (Rebecca Welch) looked at Leah Williamson and asked if you would throw with your hands? Of course, she said she didn’t. We missed out on a big decision.”

Hayes added: “It (the match) was a great advertisement for the league seeing as two teams in great form.

“I think the accumulation of games showed in us tonight. I didn’t think we were free by our standards in the future.


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“We played solidly defensively. The game is too tight to call”

The home team started to dominate strongly with the content of the Gunners counterattack.

Fran Kirby watched a misguided shot go over the bar in the third minute before Arsenal began to regain momentum.

The visitors, hoping to lead by 5 points at the top of the table, had a better chance to attack in the first game.

One of their earliest runs came with Noelle Maritz’s probing cross forcing Ann-Katrin Berger to punch the ball out of danger in the ninth minute.

And Caitlin Foord looked for a penalty almost ten minutes later after fouling Jess Carter and throwing it off the field after a collision with a defender.

Moments later, Miedema came close to opening the scoring with a right-footed volley.

And her side looks like it will cause more problems for the champions’ defense.

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Arsenal remain two points ahead of league leaders after results at Kingsmeadow[/caption]

An ill-placed pass from Aniek Nouwen eventually resulted in a Mead cross being left out and quickly reclaimed by Berger in the 35th minute.orderminute.

At the other end, Sam Kerr was forced to tackle Steph Catley after Harder’s high pass near half-time.

The second spell saw Chelsea eager to start the match with a stiff neck.

Cuthbert sees a blocked shot at 49orderminutes before Jonna Andersson narrowly fired a shot.

Kerr had a great chance to shoot in front of goal but failed as Rafaelle saved Kirby’s next shot.

And there was a moment of frenzied defense for the league leaders in the ’60sorderThe minute Zinsberger crosses the ball after Ji So-yun’s shot.

The champions were forced to make some final defenses of their own in 87orderminute.

Frida Maanum was forced to desperately save Berger before Millie Bright broke the ball off the line in her 200th minuteorderThe appearance of the Blues.

And there were calls for a handball after Niamh Charles’ cross hit Leah Williamson’s arm in stoppage time.

But attendee Rebecca Welch was unsuccessful with the game ending with a point for the championship competitors.

As a result, a two-point gap remains between the Blues and the league leaders with the champions still having a game in hand before the international break.

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Jonas Eidevall’s Gunners will face Reading in March after the international break[/caption]

Reflecting on the result, Jonas Eidevall said: “Due to really good defensive play, neither team managed to win but both teams had good chances.

“Football and WSL are the winners in games like this.

“There was only one thing wrong (with the game) – it was played in front of 3,000 spectators, not 30,000.

“If there were more matches like this then we would be the best in the world.”

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