Manchester City played out a thrilling draw against neighbours and top-three rivals Manchester United at Etihad Stadium in front of the second-largest crowd in Women’s Super League history.
After a positive start from the hosts, their momentum took a knock when Leah Galton skipped past City defender Laia Aleixandri and played a one-two with Ella Toone before driving through the legs of Alex Greenwood in the 27th minute.
City’s first-half response was not encouraging for the subdued crowd of 44,259 – a record attendance for the hosts – and the opening exchanges of the second period did not make for better viewing.
But Laura Coombs’ header from Chloe Kelly’s cross – which had evaded United defender Millie Turner, who was distracted by the presence of the WSL’s top goal scorer Khadija Shaw – drew City level and sparked them and the home crowd into life.
City are fourth in the table, three points behind third-placed United after nine games.
They trail leaders Chelsea by five points following the Blues’ win over Reading on Sunday evening, but United have played one game fewer.
The result means United have still never beaten their city rivals in the WSL.