Chelsea tightened their grip on the Barclays FA Women’s Super League after holding on for a 2-2 draw at closest rivals Manchester City.
On a pivotal night at the Academy Stadium, the defending champions twice surrendered their lead but were indebted to stopper Ann-Katrin Berger for a stunning late save from Lauren Hemp that kept Gareth Taylor’s side at bay.
Australian striker Sam Kerr put the visitor ahead with a powerful header in the 25th minutes of the game.
Manchester City were quickly level when Lauren Hemp crossed the ball into the box, for Chloe Kelly to steer home during a frantic first half.
Kerr then won a penalty that Pernille Harder converted 34th minutes of the game before City responded again after the break as Hemp punished a series of Blues blunders.
That set up a thrilling finale as Manchester City sought a winner that would have turned the title race on its head but Berger denied Hemp with a brilliant fingertip save to ensure Emma Hayes’ side maintained their two-point gap at the top with just two games to go.