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Manchester United Women vs Aston Villa Women. Women's Super League.

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Manchester United Women 5

  • E Toone (8th minute, 79th minute)
  • K Zelem (13th minute pen)
  • L Staniforth (50th minute)
  • M Thomas (73rd minute)

Aston Villa Women 0

    Manchester United Women 5-0 Aston Villa Women: Ella Toone at the double in rout

    WSL round-up as Ella Toone sores two goals, with Katie Zelem, Lucy Staniforth and Martha Thomas also on target as Manchester United beat Aston Villa 5-0; Tottenham secure a 1-0 home win against Everton to move back into third, while Leicester beat relegation rivals Birmingham

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    Highlights of Manchester United's 5-0 win over Aston Villa in the Women's Super League

    Manchester United kept up their Champions League challenge in the Women's Super League as they cruised to a 5-0 victory against Aston Villa for their third straight win in all competitions.

    England forward Ella Toone scored twice as United briefly climbed above Tottenham, who they now trail by two points.

    Toone swept United into an early lead and skipper Katie Zelem's penalty, after Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton had brought down Hayley Ladd, made it 2-0 at half-time.

    Man Utd celebrate their fourth goal in the WSL victory over Aston Villa
    Image: Man Utd celebrate their fourth goal in the WSL victory over Aston Villa

    England midfielder Lucy Staniforth curled in United's third goal early in the second period before Martha Thomas' close-range header and Toone's second of the match completed the rout.

    Villa's sixth defeat in their last seven league games has left them in 10th place.

    Elsewhere, Jessica Naz's brilliant strike clinched Tottenham a 1-0 home win against Everton and put them back into third place.

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    Highlights of Tottenham's 1-0 win over Everton in the WSL

    Naz fired the game's only goal, finding the top corner early in the second half as Tottenham finished the year on a high by maintaining their Champions League challenge.

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    Rehanne Skinner's side had briefly slipped out of the top three, but Tottenham's sixth league win of the season has lifted them to within a point of second-placed Chelsea and five behind leaders Arsenal.

    Arsenal's home game against Brighton, Chelsea versus West Ham and Manchester City versus Reading had all been postponed due to coronavirus.

    Leicester registered their first points of the season and climbed off the foot of the table with a 2-0 home win against relegation rivals Birmingham.

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    Highlights of Leicester's 2-0 victory over Birmingham in the WSL

    It was a long-awaited victory for the Foxes in boss Lydia Bedford's second game in charge.

    Sophie Howard's fine curling effort gave them an interval lead and Sam Tierney's powerful second-half header sealed a first league win of the season.

    Leicester leapfrogged Blues, who remain the only top-flight side without a win this season, at the bottom.

    What's next?

      United travel to West Ham on January 9 (6.45pm), while Villa host Everton on January 8 (12.30pm). Spurs travel to WSL champions Chelsea on Friday January 7 (7pm), while Everton visit Aston Villa on Saturday January 8 (12.30pm).

      Leicester travel to Reading, while Birmingham host leaders Arsenal, with both WSL matches taking place on Sunday January 9 at 2pm.

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