Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal Arsenal Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women, WSL football match, Meadow Park Stadium, Borehamwood, UK - 18 Oct 2020 Photo: Kunjan Malde for The FA

Miedema becomes first FAWSL player to hit half-century of goals as Arsenal smash Spurs

Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema has become the first player in history to net 50 Barclays FA Women’s Super League goals after she scored a hat-trick in a 6-1 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur at Meadow Park this afternoon.

The 24-year-old Dutch international forward notched her treble in just 41 first half minutes as Joe Montemurro’s side blew away their North London rivals.

Katie McCabe’s stunning free-kick opened the scoring after just four minutes before Miedema’s landmark moment arrived three minutes later as she netted from a tight angle.

Caitlin Foord’s goal then made it 3-0 before Miedema rifled in a fourth. The striker completed her hat-trick five minutes later as she struck from close range to give Arsenal a five-goal lead at the interval.

Spurs were awarded a penalty early in the second half after Lucia Leon had been fouled by McCabe in the area. Leon stepped up to take the spot kick herself but saw her effort saved by Arsenal keeper Manuela Zinsberger.

Foord soon netted Arsenal’s sixth and final goal of the game before Leon headed home a consolation goal for the visitors with 13 minutes remaining.

The Gunners’ victory sees Montemurro’s side move two points clear at the top of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League table after Everton failed to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion earlier in the day.

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