Chelsea earn late draw against nine-player Man City

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By Emma SandersBBC Sport at Joie Stadium

Last updated on 5 minutes ago.From the section Women's Football

Alex Greenwood is sent off for Manchester CityAlex Greenwood is the third Manchester City player to be sent off this season after just two WSL games

Defending champions Chelsea scored deep into stoppage time to draw with Manchester City in the Women's Super League after two costly dismissals for the home side.

Guro Reiten poked in from close range after a scramble in the box to make it 1-1 in the 96th minute to cancel out Chloe Kelly's opener, after Alex Greenwood and Lauren Hemp had both been sent off for City.

It was a dramatic afternoon in Manchester in which Greenwood's first-half sending off changed the course of a match that City had dominated at Joie Stadium.

City captain Greenwood was shown a second yellow card for time-wasting in the 38th minute, before Hemp also received a second booking when she brought down Lauren James after 81 minutes.

The decision from referee Emily Heaslip to send off Greenwood was booed heavily by home supporters and led to three yellow cards being shown for dissent to City team-mates Kelly, Laia Aleixandri and Jill Roord.

Hemp's red card led to further reaction in the stands and manager Gareth Taylor was cautioned for dissent.

City played with a sense of injustice throughout the second half and their tenacity almost paid off after Kelly's thumping strike from the edge of the box early on had given them a narrow lead.

But Chelsea, boosted by the return of striker Sam Kerr off the bench, were given a lifeline after a poor opening 45 minutes and tested goalkeeper Khiara Keating more and more as the match wore on.

James struck the crossbar before Reiten's scrambled equaliser silenced a vociferous home crowd, then Kerr headed an effort off the outside of the post as Chelsea almost won it with seconds to go.

But City held on to maintain their impressive 20-game unbeaten run at home in the WSL, while Chelsea at least came away with something from a ground they have struggled at in recent seasons.

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Manchester City Women

Squad number35Player nameKeating

Squad number14Player nameMorgan

Squad number33Player nameKennedy

Squad number5Player nameGreenwood

Squad number4Player nameAleixandri

Squad number12Player nameAngeldahl

Squad number25Player nameHasegawa

Squad number20Player nameRoord

Squad number8Player nameFowler

Squad number11Player nameHemp

Squad number9Player nameKelly

Squad number18Player nameCasparij

Squad number21Player nameShaw

Squad number30Player nameMace

Squad number41Player nameBlakstad

Chelsea Women

Squad number1Player nameMusovic

Squad number12Player nameLawrence

Squad number4Player nameBright

Squad number7Player nameCarter

Squad number21Player nameCharles

Squad number5Player nameIngle

Squad number22Player nameCuthbert

Squad number10Player nameJames

Squad number17Player nameFleming

Squad number11Player nameReiten

Squad number2Player nameFishel

Squad number8Player nameLeupolz

Squad number14Player nameKirby

Squad number15Player namePérisset

Squad number20Player nameKerr

Squad number28Player nameCankovic

Line-ups

Man City Women

Formation 4-3-3

35Keating14Morgan33Kennedy5GreenwoodBooked at 38mins4AleixandriBooked at 38mins12AngeldahlSubstituted forMaceat 80'minutes25Hasegawa20RoordBooked at 45minsSubstituted forBlakstadat 85'minutes8FowlerSubstituted forCasparijat 45'minutes11HempBooked at 81mins9KellyBooked at 39minsSubstituted forShawat 80'minutes

Substitutes

6Houghton7Coombs10Castellanos16Park18Casparij21Shaw22MacIver30Mace41Blakstad

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Musovic12LawrenceSubstituted forPérissetat 70'minutes4Bright7Carter21CharlesBooked at 35mins5IngleSubstituted forCankovicat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins22CuthbertSubstituted forLeupolzat 60'minutes10JamesBooked at 11mins17FlemingSubstituted forKirbyat 61'minutes11Reiten2FishelSubstituted forKerrat 45'minutes

Substitutes

6Nüsken8Leupolz14Kirby15Périsset18Mjelde19Rytting Kaneryd20Kerr28Cankovic30Berger

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City Women 1, Chelsea Women 1.

Second Half ends, Manchester City Women 1, Chelsea Women 1.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women).

Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ève Périsset with a cross.

Offside, Chelsea Women. Melanie Leupolz tries a through ball, but Sam Kerr is caught offside.

Jelena Cankovic (Chelsea Women) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jelena Cankovic (Chelsea Women).

Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Lauren James (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fran Kirby.

Attempt blocked. Jelena Cankovic (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lauren James.

Attempt missed. Khadija Shaw (Manchester City Women) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right.

Goal! Manchester City Women 1, Chelsea Women 1. Guro Reiten (Chelsea Women) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Melanie Leupolz following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Melanie Leupolz (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Jess Carter.

Attempt saved. Millie Bright (Chelsea Women) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jelena Cankovic with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City Women).

Corner, Chelsea Women. Conceded by Alanna Kennedy.

Attempt missed. Sam Kerr (Chelsea Women) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Millie Bright (Chelsea Women) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Lauren James.

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