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Ria Percival rescued a dramatic point for Tottenham against Manchester United with a long-range free-kick in the fifth minute of injury time.
Percival’s speculative ball into the box with just seconds remaining cleared a scrum of Spurs attackers and United defenders and bounced beyond goalkeeper Mary Earps.
The sensational set-piece cancelled out Alessia Russo’s first-half solo effort.
It was also enough to earn Spurs their first-ever point against United.
The hosts were heading for their second successive WSL defeat and first at home this season before Percival’s free-kick ended their losing run against United. Spurs had been beaten in all six previous games since first first meeting in 2018.
The draw denied the Red Devils the chance of moving up to third – and they are now fifth.
Rehanne Skinner’s well-organised Tottenham side controlled much of the fist half and limited United to just two chances before the break. The first saw Tinja-Riikka Korpela deny Russo from a tight angle in the 37th minute before a follow-up effort from Leah Galton from the rebound was deflected over.
Korpela, standing in for the injured Becky Spencer, failed to get anything on Russo’s effort from a similar angle in first-half stoppage time as the England forward displayed great power and poise to shrug off Ashleigh Neville and fire home.
The visitors went looking for a quick second after the interval, with Galton, Ella Toone and Kirsty Hanson testing the Spurs keeper.
In response, Kit Graham forced Earps into a fine save and Jess Naz almost snuck a skewed cross past the England goalkeeper before New Zealand international Percival’s strike.
Still, it took a neat save from Korpela after the restart to deny Galton a winner for United.
Line-upsTottenham WomenFormation 3-5-2
1Korpela12PercivalBooked at 69mins5Bartrip3Zadorsky17SimonBooked at 68minsSubstituted forAddisonat 81’minutes8ChoSubstituted forUbogaguat 45’minutes21Clemaron7NazSubstituted forAyaneat 76’minutes29Neville16GrahamSubstituted forGreenat 76’minutes10WilliamsSubstitutes2Morgan4Green6Harrop13Ale14Addison18Ubogagu23Ayane25HeepsMan Utd WomenFormation 4-2-3-1
27Earps17Batlle5Mannion3Thorisdottir6BlundellBooked at 77mins10Zelem12Ladd18HansonSubstituted forThomasat 72’minutes7TooneSubstituted forStaniforthat 72’minutes11Galton23RussoSubstitutes2Harris8Risa9Thomas13Fuso20Smith24Jones32Baggaley37StaniforthLive TextMatch ends, Tottenham Hotspur Women 1, Manchester United Women 1.
Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur Women 1, Manchester United Women 1.
Attempt saved. Alessia Russo (Manchester United Women) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Hayley Ladd.
Goal! Tottenham Hotspur Women 1, Manchester United Women 1. Ria Percival (Tottenham Hotspur Women) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Rachel Williams (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Hayley Ladd (Manchester United Women).
Attempt saved. Alessia Russo (Manchester United Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.
Attempt missed. Chioma Ubogagu (Tottenham Hotspur Women) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Angela Addison.
Attempt blocked. Martha Thomas (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Katie Zelem.
Foul by Martha Thomas (Manchester United Women).
Shelina Zadorsky (Tottenham Hotspur Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Martha Thomas (Manchester United Women) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Offside, Manchester United Women. Katie Zelem tries a through ball, but Leah Galton is caught offside.
Katie Zelem (Manchester United Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rosella Ayane (Tottenham Hotspur Women).
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Angela Addison replaces Kyah Simon.
Corner, Manchester United Women. Conceded by Chioma Ubogagu.
Hannah Blundell (Manchester United Women) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. Rosella Ayane (Tottenham Hotspur Women) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur Women. Rosella Ayane replaces Jessica Naz.