“It was a whirlwind” – Alessia Russo speaks out after Man United Women at Arsenal

"It was a whirlwind" - Alessia Russo speaks out after Man United Women at Arsenal

Manchester United Women forward Alessia Russo has described the second half against Arsenal Women as a ‘whirlwind’ after they came from behind to win the tie at the Emirates Stadium.

Man United opened the scoring midway through the first half after Ella Toone hit Ona Batlle’s cross that wasn’t properly cleared off by Arsenal goalie Zinsberger.

The hosts fought their way back into the game seconds into the second half with a deflected effort from Frida Maanum.

Arsenal went ahead midway through the second half following a easy goal from Wienroither, who met McCabe’s sublime cross.

Manchester United Women didn’t relent despite conceding two goals in the second half. They dug in and got a well deserved equaliser when Millie Turner headed home Katie Zelem’s service from a free-kick spot.

The relentless Reds completed their comeback in the additional time when Alessia Russo scored the match-winning goal after she headed home Katie Zelem’s corner-kick.

The England international was pleased with her team’s performance and revealed that she and Zelem has a good connection on set-pieces.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the win, she said after her match-winning goal: “The whole second half was a whirlwind. We come to these games and want to test ourselves and come away with three points so we’re really happy.

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Katie Zelem and I have a good connection on set pieces. I know where she’s looking to hit and I just tried to get my body in front of the ball. I just used a bit of strength and aimed for the target.”

United Women headed into the game as the underdogs but their performance was, in no doubt, that of the favourites, hence raising many eyebrows, given the form Arsenal Women headed into the game with.

The Gunners had won their opening six WSL games, conceding just once in the process.

On the result, Russo believes the win over Arsenal Women reflects the idea that Manchester United Women headed into the game in full confidence of getting all three points.

“The result reflects that belief, the moment we’d conceded we came in as a group and we had an honest conversation,” she said.

“We knew we wanted to win it and we knew we could so it’s just about finding that bit of extra motivation.”