Emma Hayes had spent Chelsea’s warm-up speaking to England head coach Phil Neville and former Arsenal striker Kelly Smith. As Millie Bright’s shot was palmed away by Karen Bardsley and England’s header dipped just wide, how Hayes must have wished her side could have demonstrated the same clinical finishing that brought Smith 46 international goals.
“We have to take our chances. We didn’t, we gave away a penalty and the game changed,” she said.
Chelsea (3-4-3): Lindahl; Carter (Blundell, 72), Bright, Eriksson; Cooper (Andersson, 72), Asante, Ji, Riley (Spence, 65); England, Cuthbert, Kirby.
Subs not used: Telford (gk), Ingle, Carney, Engman.
Bookings: Cooper (48), Eriksson (56).
Manchester City (4-4-2): Bardsley; Bonner, Beattie, Houghton, Stokes; Wullaert, Scott, Walsh, Weir; Parris, Stanway.
Subs not used: Roebuck (GK), Lawley, Bremer, Morgan, Hemp, Park, Emslie.
Referee: David Rock (Hertfordshire).