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The chance of fulfilling a childhood dream meant her local village organised a bus to transport all her friends and family to the match, as a record 22,000 fans watched the fourth-tier side beat Alnwick Town.

Goalkeeper Donnelly says that "support for the team has skyrocketed" since that 4-0 win, and with the city buzzing from the success of the men's team, whose season has been paused for the World Cup, the players cannot wait to hear "the power of the crowd" again.

Following the recent news of Zoe Johnson’s appointment as the new Managing Director of women’s and girls’ football at Brighton & Hove Albion, Michelle Walder, women’s and girls’ Chair, spoke to Insider Sport’s Jessie Sale about how the new hire will support the club to reach its growth objectives.

Arsenal midfielder Lia Walti has praised her team's mentality after the Gunners came back against Juventus to secure a crucial point in the Champions League on Thursday.

Jonas Eidevall's side suffered their first loss of the season at the weekend after a late goal from Alessia Russo saw Manchester United triumph at the Emirates. It looked like Arsenal could be on course for a second straight defeat when Netherlands international Lineth Beerensteyn put Juventus ahead in Turin.

However, a superb header from Vivianne Miedema saw the Gunners level things up at the Allianz Stadium to extend their unbeaten European run.

Barcelona maintained their perfect Women's Champions League group stage record with victory over Bayern Munich at the Nou Camp.

England duo Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh linked up well for Barca in an impressive win.

Match Stats: (Barcelona-Bayern)
Possession: 69%-31%
Shots: 27-5
Shots on Target: 10-0
Corners: 9-1
Fouls: 5-3

Arsenal are dealing with a swathe of injury problems to key first team players, with Leah Williamson, Rafaelle, Kim Little and Beth Mead all currently long-term absentees.

Arsenal allowed Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley to have time off from club football in February after the 2022 Women's Asian Cup, while Vivianne Miedema was recently granted a leave of absence to 'rest and recharge'.

"There is always the balance between freshness and having continuity in the training and playing," Eidevall said. "We need to strike that balance. You can see that Viv was fighting really hard today with the team on the pitch."

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Juventus 1-1 Arsenal | Match Report

Beerensteyn 52'minutes (Juventus)
Miedema 61'minutes (Arsenal)

Match Stats: (Juventus-Arsenal)
Possession: 47%-53%
Shots: 12-16
Shots on Target: 3-5
Corners: 2-7
Fouls: 11-11
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Reading 3-3 Liverpool | Match Report

Reading: Primmer (45'+4minutes), Dowie (63'minutes), Troelsgaard (89'minutes)
Liverpool: Stengel (16'minutes, 68'minutes), Roberts (73'minutes)

Match Stats: (Reading-Liverpool)
Possession: 55%-45%
Shots: 17-16
Shots on Target: 7-4
Corners: 4-7
Fouls: 8-12
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Chelsea 2-0 Real Madrid | Match Report

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said her squad is the best the Blues "have ever had" , "This team is on another level," said Hayes.

Second-half goals from Sophie Ingle and Erin Cuthbert helped the hosts ease to their win at Kingsmeadow.

Chelsea remain favourites to win Group A, and are now five points clear of second-placed Paris St-Germain.

Match Stats: (Chelsea-Real Madrid)
Possession: 49%-51%
Shots: 11-7
Shots on Target: 5-2
Corners: 9-2
Fouls: 12-5
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Lionesses skipper Leah Williamson says she can't enjoy Qatar men's World Cup

Williamson, 25, is the only living English footballer to lift a major tournament trophy after leading the Lionesses to Euro 2022 glory last summer. But although she wished her men's counterparts well as they aim to 'bring football home' for the second time this year, the Arsenal defender believes issues surrounding host nation Qatar have completely overshadowed the football on the field.

Arsenal's Williamson is currently injured but is set to lead England to the women's tournament in Australia and New Zealand next summer. And the Lionesses captain told the Mirror that the issues surrounding Qatar completely ruin any potential enjoyment that she normally gets from watching international tournaments.
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Last girl standing

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Keira Walsh: Barcelona midfielder excited for fan 'passion' ahead of Nou Camp debut

As part of England's Euro 2022 winning squad, Walsh has experience of playing at some of the world's biggest stadiums including Wembley.

However, the 25-year-old thinks the Nou Camp is the best she atmosphere she has ever experienced.

"I'd never experienced a football match like that before, the passion was next level," she added.

However, Walsh - who became the world's most expensive female player when she joined Barca from Manchester City last summer - will not be backed by her football-mad father at the game.
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Beth Mead ‘heartbroken’ after suffering ACL injury in Arsenal defeat

Arsenal and England forward Beth Mead is “heartbroken” after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament during Saturday’s Women’s Super League loss to Manchester United.

Arsenal said Mead “is set for an extended period on the sidelines” after confirming the extent of her injury, and will set out a timetable for surgery in the coming days.

The 27-year-old wrote on her Twitter feed: “Obviously heartbroken by the news of my injury, unfortunately these things are part of the game."
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Chelsea defender Maren Mjelde will not feature on Wednesday's Champions League

Chelsea defender Maren Mjelde will not feature om Wednesday's Champions League game against Real Madrid, despite returning to training following injury.

The Norwegian international has been sidelined since the end of October with a tendon injury.

"I saw her back out on the grass today, she's not quite there yet, she's not available, but everybody else is," said manager Emma Hayes.
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Meet first-ever female referees to officiate men's FIFA World Cup

For the first time ever, female referees have been chosen to officiate at the FIFA men's World Cup. Know everything about the Stephanie Frappart, Salima Mukansanga, and Yamashita Yoshimi, one of the 36 referees chosen for the competition.

After refereeing the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, Japanese referee Yamashita Yomishi will participate in a second World Cup in a row, this time creating history by officiating in the men's FIFA.

Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga has been officiating for FIFA World Cup since 2012. Mukansanga, as a young girl, always dreamt of playing basketball professionally.

Frappart, 38, has stunning success feathers to her cap. She took on the driver's seat in her first final in 2019 World Cup in France. In the same year, while continuing the chase to her dreams, she also officiated at the UEFA Super Cup final.
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Beth Mead: Arsenal & England forward out with anterior cruciate ligament injury

England forward Beth Mead will be out for "an extended period" after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, her club Arsenal said.

Mead, 27, sustained the injury late in Saturday's Women's Super League loss to Manchester United at Emirates Stadium.

She will see a surgeon in the coming days, after which further details on timescales will be established.
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Pernille Harder: Chelsea forward out for 'significant period' after hamstring surgery

Chelsea forward Pernille Harder is set to be sidelined for a "significant period" after undergoing surgery on a hamstring injury

She has scored three goals in four Women's Super League (WSL) matches for Chelsea this season.

"Pernille is expected to be sidelined for a significant period," said a Chelsea statement.

"Following a hamstring injury sustained while representing her native Denmark during the international break, Pernille has been reviewed at Cobham by the Chelsea medical team."
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Brighton & Hove Albion 3-3 Liverpool | Match Report

Rachel Furness headed a 92nd-minute equaliser as Liverpool ended their six-match losing run in a thriller at Brighton.

England newcomer Katie Robinson's stunning long-range strike for the hosts was the pick of the goals as Elisabeth Terland and Danielle Carter also netted after Missy Bo Kearns' opener for Liverpool during the first half.

Match Stats: (Brighton-Liverpool)
Possession: 42%-58%
Shots: 17-12
Shots on Target: 6-6
Corners: 5-4
Fouls: 9-10
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West Ham United 1-0 Leicester City | Match Report

Izzy Atkinson scored a late winner to secure a Women's Super League victory for West Ham over Leicester.

It had looked as if Leicester were going to gain their first point this season after a goalless 87 minutes.

But the 21-year-old made the most of an opportunity after being picked out by Viviane Asseyi.

Match Stats: (West Ham - Leicester)
Possession: 45%-55%
Shots: 8-17
Shots on Target: 2-3
Corners: 3-6
Fouls: 13-13
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Emma Hayes makes ambitious demand of women's football

Emma Hayes has called for women's football to be more ambitious with regard to ticket prices and the number of games hosted at clubs' main stadiums following Chelsea's 3-0 victory over Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

First half goals from Sam Kerr, Erin Cuthbert and Guro Reiten saw the Blues three points in front of 38,350 fans.
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