Matildas Abroad Review: Catley opens the scoring for Arsenal with Foord providing the assist

Steph Catley opened the scoring for Arsenal with Caitlin Foord providing the assist on the goal, while Ellie Carpenter's Lyon sealed their sixth win of the season. 

Read our review below of the Matildas Abroad action. 

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England

Sam Kerr’s Chelsea recorded a dominant 6-0 victory over Aston Villa, with Emma Hayes not needing to call on Kerr who remained an unused substitute on the bench as the Blues went to first on the ladder. 

Chelsea had six different goalscorers in the game, with Millie Bright, Fran Kirby, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Ashley Lawrence, Aggie Beever-Jones and Niamh Charles all finding the back of the net, with Bright scoring in her 250th game, Kirby scoring on her return and Lawrence scoring her first for the club. 

Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord linked up for Arsenal's opener against Mary Fowler and Alanna Kennedy's Manchester City. A poor clearance from City's keeper saw Arsenal get the ball back just outside the box, with Foord getting the ball with heavy pressure and finding Catley to net the opener.

The Gunners had the chance to double their lead before the break when Kim Little went to the spot after a foul from the goalkeeper, with 19-year-old Khiara Keating saving the attempt from the spot. 

Steph Catley of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Meadow Park on November 05, 2023 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)
Steph Catley of Arsenal celebrates after scoring the team's first goal during the Barclays Women´s Super League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester City at Meadow Park on November 05, 2023, in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Chloe Kelly scored the equaliser in the second half, however, Stina Blackstenius scored an 87th-minute matchwinner for Arsenal to seal the 2-1 victory. Fowler had the chance to score City's equaliser late in the game, with her spot from outside the box forced over the bar. Fowler and Kennedy played the whole game for City, while Catley and Forod made the start but were substituted late in the game. Kyra Cooney-Cross was an unused substitute.

Clare Wheeler’s Everton sealed a 1-1 draw against Tottenham to take on Spurs. Grace Clinton scored the opener for the Spurs, with the Toffees sealing the equaliser from the spot in the 85th minute through Aurora Galli. Wheeler played the full game for Everton. 

Teagan Micah's Liverpool recorded a 2-1 win over Courtney Nevin's Leicester City. Nevin played the whole game for the Foxes, while Micah was an unused substitute as her side made it three wins to start the season.

Mackenzie Arnold’s West Ham went down 3-2 to Bristol City. Bristol collected their first points of the season with the victory, coming from behind to seal the win. 

The Hammers took the lead from the spot through Viviana Asseyi, before Bristol scored two quick goals to make it 2-1. West Ham scored a goal in the third minute of first-half stoppage time to see the teams go into the break at 2-2. Brooke Aspin scored the matchwinner early in the second half to seal the victory for the Robins. 

Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United played out an enthralling 2-2 draw. Elisabeth Terland scored the opener for the Seagulls in the 30th minute to send the hosts into the break 1-0 up. 

Ella Toone scored the equaliser for Manchester in the 78th minute before Brighton took the lead once again through Guro Bergsvand. United once again clawed back the equaliser through Rachel Williams in the 8th minute of stoppage time to steal a point. Charlie Rule came off the bench in the 97th minute, while fellow Aussie Mackenzie Hawkesby was an unused substitute. 

Sweden

Amy Sayer's Kristianstads DFF clawed back a point as they recorded a 1-1 draw with Rosengård in their penultimate game of the season. Rosengård took the lead through Jessica Wisk, however, Kristianstads sealed the draw in the 87th minute with Emmi Alanen finding the back of the net. Sayer came off the bench in the 62nd minute for the home side. 

Clare Polkinghorne, Charli Grant and Katrina Gorry’s Vittsjö recorded a 1-0 win over Norrköping, with Sarah Stratigakis scoring in the 86th minute to seal the victory. Polkinghorne and Gorry both played the full 90 minutes, while Grant was suspended for this game following a red card in Vittsjö's game before the international break.

Lastly, Aivi Luik's BK Häcken took on Hammarby, with both teams still vying for the top spot. Luik's side had the chance to seal the silverware with a win over Hammarby, however, suffered a 3-2 defeat that saw them drop off the top of the table.

Both sides are now locked on 56 points heading into the final matchday, with Hammarby currently sitting in 1st place with a better goal difference. Luik played the full match for Häcken.

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France

Clare Hunt’s PSG had their game against Guingamp postponed due to inclement weather, due to heavy rain that morning the match referees deemed the pitch unplayable.

Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon continued their dominance in the league, taking on a Paris FC side that has been flying this season after handing Arsenal and Wolfsburg defeats to knock them out of the UEFA Women's Champions League. 

Eugénie Le Sommer opened the scoring in the first minute of the game for Lyon, before Paris FC scored the equaliser through Julie Dufour. Lyon took a 3-1 lead into the break with Le Sommer scoring another and Ada Hegerberg adding her name to the scoresheet. 

Ellie Carpenter (12) from OL in action during D1 Arkema game between Paris FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Charlety in Paris, France. (Pauline FIGUET / SPP)
Ellie Carpenter (12) from OL in action during the D1 Arkema game between Paris FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Charlety in Paris, France. (Pauline FIGUET / SPP)

Hegerberg doubled her tally for the game after halftime to make it 4-1. Sara Däbritz and Kadidiatou Diani added their name to the list of goalscorers to finish the game 6-1, with Lyon making it six games unbeaten. 

Carpenter started and played the full 90 minutes for the defending champions. 

Spain

Real Madrid sealed a late 1-0 win over Eiber to get back to winning ways after they suffered their first defeat of the season before the international break. An own goal to Eiber's Juliana Aparecida Paulino Cardozo saw Real collect their sixth win of the season. Hayley Raso did not appear in the matchday squad. 

United States

Emily van Egmond’s San Diego Wave suffered a 1-0 defeat to OL Reign, with the Shield Winners unable to advance to the NWSL Championship game. Both sides were unable to find the opener in the first half, with some nervy passes and giveaways preventing either side from finding any momentum. 

Veronica Latsko scored the matchwinner for OL Reign early in the second half, with 4th-placed OL Reign taking on 6th-placed Gotham FC in next week's decider. Van Egmond played the whole game for Casey Stoney's side.  

Mexico

It’s the final game of the regular season in Mexico as Alex Chidiac’s Tigres UANL defeated Necaxa 3-1 to see them finish at the top of the table in the Apertura half of the season. Chidiac did not appear in the matchday squad for the victory. 

Tigres will take on UNAM in a two-legged quarter-final, kicking off on Thursday. 

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