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Full-time: Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City

Old Trafford is blue, and City were by far the better team, scoring great goals from Jill Roord and Lauren Hemp. Bunny Shaw’s goal was a stroke of luck but City pushed harder and harder. They also responded so well to going a player down after their red card. United will be hugely disappointed. They couldn’t get close to their rivals.

90+10 min: City back in United’s half, where they began the game, and as they pushed United back from the start of the second half.

90+8 min: It’s just not happening for United. Those 11 minutes offered hope. But they haven’t been able to sustain a push for that long.

90+7 min: City fans singing now. They fancy their chances of their team taking this one home.

90+5 min: Riviere, somehow, finds herself unmarked but her shot across goal is stopped by Keating. Then Geyse has a shot, now Zelem. And Keating lies on the ball. The goal has to come soon if United are to find their way to a draw.

90+4 min: Garcia smashes in a shot, the ball bouncing all over the area, only to be cleared.

90+3 min: United pouring it on, and Geyse at last escapes a defender, only for her pass to be cleared by Roord.

90 min: 11 minutes (eleven) added on. Can Skinner’s team pull off another comeback?

90 min: Laurent Hemp departs the scene, to be replaced by Mary Fowler. Last throw of United’s tumbling dice.

89 min: Garcia, so lively since coming on, looks the one player capable of opening up City. The problem is that City have so many people back in numbers.

87 min: Zelem and Geyse, the United creative players, have been stymied. Been a decent tactical exhibition by City in pressing hard, and Shaw’s decisive goal was an object lesson in chasing down an opponent.

85 min: 43, 615 – that’s the crowd, as announced by the Old Trafford PA man, Alan Keegan. That’s a record.

84 min: City are seeing this out quite comfortably considering their numerical disadvantage.

82 min: Two City changes: Hasegawa, Kelly off, Houghton and Coombs on. Chloe Kelly did not want to go off at all.

81 min: Steph Houghton, the veteran, is imminent for City as Gareth Taylor looks to lock down his defence.

79 min: A United shot at last. It’s from distance from Garcia, and is saved by Keating. The City goalie goes down with an injury. It looks a timely knock.

77 min: United delayed their change when City had their numbers reduced. But here they come: Toone, Naalsund off, Miyazawa and Rachel Williams on.

75 min: Off goes Bunny Shaw, taking her time and booed as she goes. Kerstin Casparij comes on.

73 min: United begin to edge up, and City start to retreat.

Manchester City red card!

Now, that could change matters. Garcia is on the charge and pulled up as Aleixandri pulls her down. It was a tug of the arm, and a good decision. A second yellow for a clear tactical foul.

Manchester City's Laia Aleixandri is shown a red card by referee Cheryl Foster.
Manchester City’s Laia Aleixandri is shown a red card by referee Cheryl Foster. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters

71 min: United haven’t had a shot his half. City so dominant in midfield and defence. A high-class exhibition from the visitors.

69 min: Garcia comes on for Malard. And joins the wall for a free-kick.

68 min: Shaw comes back on, to boos. There are more boos when Malard brings down a charging Shaw, and that’s the last we see of Malard.

66 min: Bunny Shaw is down again, this time after a clash with Millie Turner. That gives Marc Skinner time to speak to his players and re-arrange his team. Subs imminent

64 min: United have most of the ball but it’s all in their own half and whenever they get past the halfway line in come City defenders to close down the danger.

63 min: Alex Greenwood comes back and turns, and then launches the ball long in the manner of a box-kicking stand-off at rugby.

61 min: The City press is deep, and the likes of Geyse and Malard’s passing is being cut off before they can reach their targets.

59 min: Long way back for United, with City back and defending in numbers. The counterattack that is United’s best route to goal has been closed off.

57 min: Frankly, that was a gift to Manchester City. And Mary Earps, greatest living Englishwoman, has to take much of the blame.

Goal! Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City (Shaw, 55)

Oh my. Bunny Shaw is resurrected and she seizes on some awful play from United. Le Tissier and Earps get in a mess and Earps can only smash the ball off the knee of Shaw and it rebounds into the net. That’s good pressing but atrocious passing out the back.

Manchester City's Khadija Shaw (right) charges down Mary Earps’ clearance to put City 3-1 up.
Manchester City’s Khadija Shaw (right) charges down Mary Earps’ clearance to put City 3-1 up. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
Shaw celebrates scoring their third goal.
Shaw celebrates scoring their third goal. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images/Reuters

53 min: Bunny Shaw goes down, with nobody near her. She looks to be holding her neck in pain.

52 min: Hemp sets off at a rate but Riviere shows why she’s been brought on with her pace. A knee brace suggests when Riviere was only on the bench.

50 min: United try one of their fast counters but Zelem can’t find Toone. It’s far more scrappy than before. Both teams far more cautious, too.

48 min: An almost quiet start to the half compared to the first. United’s change was made in the hope of locking down the game.

A booking: Aleixandri’s hand-off on Ella Toone sees her receive a yellow.

46 min: There’s been a half-time United change: Jade Riviere replaces Nikita Parris, who was very quiet in that first half. That move, bringing on a full-back, pushes Leah Galton further forward.

Earlier today in Spain.

Half-time: Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City

A breathless half of the first women’s derby played at Old Trafford. City have attacked so well, and scored two fine goals while United have retained a genuine threat. It’s been high quality stuff, and more of the same, please, for the second half.

45+2 min: Malard, such an elegant player, almost sends Toone away but that offside trap is triggered once more. And then, Galton on the overlap forces a save from Keating in City’s goal.

45 minutes: Three minutes are added on.

44 min: Ella Toone gets back to clear when City’s Shaw was threatening.

42 min: City using offside a bit more and Nikita Parris is the latest United player to be found off.

41 min: Don’t be daft, more action! Ouahabi’s through ball finds Kelly, outstanding this half, and she forces a save from Earps and the post. It could be 1-3, 1-4, though it could also be 3-3 and 3-2.

40 min: A lull in play? Feels like both teams need to slow their heart rates down.

39 min: One minute United had the ball in the net, the next they were losing 2-1. It’s been a game to befit the occasion.

38 min: Adam K gets in touch: “I hope you’re well! Re swearing maketh the legend — see also, Jill Scott getting a FOYFP tattoo. Just when we thought we couldn’t love her any more, etc etc.”

36 min: Marc Skinner is aghast on the sidelines. His team have failed to close of City’s movement though it has to be said that both goals were of very high quality.

Goal! Manchester United 1-2 Manchester City (Hemp, 35)

And another! United falling apart. Bunny Shaw has two chances to shoot, but then slips the ball to Hemp who whips it home. What a turnaround, what a game!

Lauren Hemp of Manchester City scores.
Lauren Hemp of Manchester City scores. Photograph: Alex Livesey/The FA/Getty Images





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