Chelsea beat Tottenham to take WSL title race to final day

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Emma Hayes and Chelsea ensured the WSL title race goes down to the final day after beating Tottenham on Wednesday night.

A loss for the Blues would have meant Manchester City would need a point to guarantee the trophy but in typical Chelsea fashion, they rallied to win and close the gap.

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As usual, they dominated their opposition despite being away from home, with Aggie Beever-Jones firing one close early on and forcing a save out of Barbora Votikova.

Niamh Charles then took the ball towards the halfway line and sped downfield before crossing into the box for Maika Hamano.

The Japan international had time to pick her spot with the header but sent it over the bar in a move that deserved more.

Amy James-Turner then blocked the ball off the line after Charles had sent her effort goalbound but the goal was coming for Chelsea.

In the 37th minute, Charles darted off on another signature run and crossed all the way through the Tottenham six-yard box and Hamano simply tapped the ball into the net right under the crossbar.

The second half followed a similar pattern but Spurs did come close to an equaliser.

Chelsea failed to deal with a corner and the ball landed at the feet of Luana Buhler who shot.

Zecira Musovic did well to paw the ball away and allow her defence to clear the danger.

Other than that chance, Chelsea looked comfortable in the dying moments.

Hayes made the necessary adjustments to kill off any Spurs momentum and they came away with three huge points.

If both the Blues and City win at the weekend, the title will be decided on goal difference.

Chelsea are currently two better off than their rivals but face Manchester United on the final day.

City travel to Aston Villa.

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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