From a little pocket of travelling fans in the corner of Kingsmeadow came a cascade of roars and screams, the sound of a title race coming alive. For Manchester City, a statement result to match a statement performance. The queens of Kingsmeadow have been dethroned, Chelsea beaten at home in the Women’s Super League for the first time in more than three years, their lead cut down to nothing: zero points, zero goal difference.

Khadija Shaw got the only goal of the game, her first against Chelsea in the league in five attempts, but really this was a tale of resolve and defensive backbone in the face of almost unimaginable pressure. Not just the increasingly desperate waves of Chelsea attack but the burden of history, the weight of what this would all mean.

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