This afternoon would have seen Bristol City meet FA Women’s Super League champions Arsenal for the first time since their 11-1 battering at Meadow Park in December.
The match has been postponed as part of the Coronavirus prevention methods implemented by the UK Government and is expected to now be replayed at a later date.
With football in the UK currently suspended until at least the end of next month, we take a look back the December meeting between Arsenal and Bristol City, a fixture which was certainly one to remember for The Gunners’ Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema.
Arsenal were ahead after just seven minutes against a struggling Bristol City side. Miedema crossed for Lisa Evans to head home the opener and it was soon 2-0 when the Arsenal striker was again provider for Leah Williamson to score.
Miedema then netted a hat-trick in just 21 minutes as Arsenal took a five-goal lead into the break. First, the forward showed great control and composure to rifle the ball low into the net before tapping home her second goal at the back post. Her third goal was a scrappy one. The Bristol City defence failed to clear the danger posed by an Evans cross and Miedema scrambled the loose ball home from a couple of yards.
Arsenal went 6-0 up early in the second half when Miedema picked out the far corner of the net from 12 yards before the Dutch international put in an excellent cross for Jordan Nobbs to strike for The Gunners’ seventh goal.
Bristol City had been woeful at the back all afternoon and Miedema scored her fifth and Arsenal’s eighth goal by sweeping home an Evans cross from the right. The roles were soon reversed as Miedema’s dink over the top allowed Evans to notch her second goal of the game before Arsenal’s top scorer lashed in her sixth of the afternoon to make it 10-0. Miedema was substituted shortly after as she left the field with an FA Women’s Super League record tally of six goals and four assists, breaking her previous best of three goals and two assists recorded against Liverpool in 2018.
Miedema’s replacement Emma Mitchell struck an 11th goal before Bristol City grabbed an unlikely consolation when Yann Daniels saw a penalty kick saved by Manuela Zinsberger but she found the back of the net at the second attempt.
The match ended with an 11-1 victory for the hosts on an afternoon that saw everything which Miedema touched turned to goals.