Women's Super League: Arsenal rout Reading to maintain perfect start

Vivianne Miedema fires hat-trick for perfect Gunners

Vivianne Miedema scored a hat-trick as high-scoring Arsenal maintained their 100 per cent start to the season
Image: Vivianne Miedema scored a hat-trick as high-scoring Arsenal maintained their 100 per cent start to the season

Arsenal and Manchester City claimed big wins in the Women's Super League on Sunday but Chelsea were held.

Vivianne Miedema fired a hat-trick as Arsenal thrashed Reading 6-0 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.

Netherlands forward Miedema headed Joe Montemurro's side - who have won five out of five - into an early lead and further goals from Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead put them 3-0 ahead at the interval.

Miedema scored her second four minutes into the second half and completed her hat-trick in the closing stages after international team-mate Danielle van de Donk had made it 5-0 in the 76th minute

Georgia Stanway also hit a treble as Manchester City cruised to a 6-0 win of their own at Brighton.

Teenager Stanway opened the scoring with a 20-yard effort and Caroline Weir added the visitors' second just before half-time.

Stanway struck twice more in the space of four minutes - both from outside the penalty area - midway through the second period before Nikita Parris headed a late fifth. Claire Emslie completed the rout in stoppage time.

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Karen Carney missed a penalty as Chelsea were held to a goalless draw at her former club Birmingham.

Chelsea Women's Karen Carney in action against Fiorentina Women's during the Women's Champions League at Kingsmeadow
Image: Karen Carney missed a penalty after her match-winning one against Fiorentina

Carney started as a substitute after being the subject of rape and death threats on social media this week following her winning penalty against Fiorentina in the Champions League.

The England forward's second-half spot-kick was saved by Birmingham goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger after Kerys Harrop had fouled Ji So-Yun.

Birmingham defender Hayley Ladd was sent off with five minutes remaining after receiving her second yellow card.

Courtney Sweetman-Kirk's early header secured Liverpool a 1-0 win at West Ham and lifted them up to fourth place, while Lucy Graham's double helped Yeovil win 2-1 at Bristol City.

Graham's first-half opener was cancelled out a minute later by Amber Gaylor, but the Yeovil midfielder headed a 73rd-minute winner.

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