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Manchester City keep WSL title race alive with heavy victory over Birmingham City

Manchester City 4 Birmingham City 0 Manchester City ensured the Women’s Super League title race will go to the final day of the season, after their win over Birmingham City propelled them a point above Chelsea to the top of the table. While Chelsea were busy qualifying for their first Champions League final, City took care of business in the WSL with their convincing 4-0 victory. Though the London side remain the frontrunners to lift a successive domestic title with their game in hand, City’s routine win ramped up the pressure on Chelsea to deliver in their two remaining fixtures this week, culminating in what will be a thrilling final day on Sunday. “It’s great that we’re taking it to the final game,” City manager Gareth Taylor said. “We’ve got to go to West Ham next week and give ourselves the best opportunity.” He recognised it was out of their hands, but maintained some hope of his team lifting the trophy: “We’re going to be concentrating on our end, but obviously the first thing we’re going to do if we achieve our objective is to see what’s happened elsewhere. If it happens for us, amazing. If it doesn’t, it was down to us – we had our chance.” However, the result was blighted by the sight of goalscorer Chloe Kelly being carried off in the second half. Winger Kelly scored two tap-ins inside 25 minutes to give her team a firm lead. Heading for a hat-trick, she won City a penalty, but did not get up from the challenge. Clutching her right knee in pain, paramedics carried the distressed forward off. Caroline Weir took a good penalty, but Hannah Hampton was on fine form in the Birmingham goal and saved the low strike – as well as a number of other attempts Weir pummelled her way in the second half. But poor defending of set pieces saw Birmingham concede two more, Esme Morgan and Sam Mewis scoring from corners. Tenth-placed Birmingham had just 17 per cent possession and accrued a single shot, but context must be added for a group of players that were compelled last month to publicly call for improved working conditions from their club management. “They brought on two World Cup winners and we’ve got one fit player on the bench,” manager Carla Ward said post-match. “We’re worlds apart, but credit to Man City who were exceptional.” Match details Manchester City (4-3-3): Roebuck; Bronze, Morgan, Greenwood, Stanway; Coombs (Mewis 78), Walsh, Weir; Kelly (Beckie 73), White (Lavelle 78), Hemp (Park 87). Subs Mannion, Dahlkemper, Benameur (g), Davies. Goals: Kelly (10, 23), Morgan (85), Mewis (90). Birmingham City (5-4-1): Hampton; Kelly, Brougham, Mace, Scott, Holloway; Napier, Murray, Whipp, Murphy (Green 57); Walker. Subs: Sarri, Logan, Whitehouse (g). Referee: Emily Heaslip. WSL round-up

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