Manchester City’s Khadija Shaw netted a first-half hat-trick, propelling her team into the Champions League places and handing Tottenham their heaviest Women’s Super League (WSL) defeat.
In an impressive display by the home side, Laura Coombs scored twice, while Lauren Hemp and Jill Roord also added second-half goals, overshadowing Tottenham’s six-match unbeaten league run.
Coombs scored City’s seventh deep in stoppage time, levelling their previous record margin of victory in a WSL game, attained with an 8-1 win over Bristol City in November 2020.
City secured their first opening goal of the game after 23 minutes, as Leila Ouahabi delivered a fine cross from the left met by Shaw’s bullet header.
The defeat was a reality check for Spurs, previously riding high, now facing a tough fight to break into the WSL’s top four this season.
Spurs given brutal reality check
Shaw’s hat-trick draws her level at the top of the WSL scoring charts alongside Chelsea’s Lauren James and Spurs’ Martha Thomas, boosting City’s title hopes.
For Spurs, this marked their first defeat since the season opener, revealing the tough challenge they face to claim a spot in the WSL’s established top four.
While they made attempts to keep up with City, Tottenham were repeatedly denied by Khiara Keating saves, ensuring City’s near-perfect display.
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