Fan emergency halts WSL showdown before Spurs make history against Matildas trio

Arsenal lost a North London Derby to Tottenham for the first time ever but not before the Women’s Super League (WSL) clash had to be stopped due to a medial emergency in the crowd on Saturday.

Matildas duo Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord started for Arsenal while Australian teammate Kyra Cooney-Cross came off the bench in the 1-0 away defeat in front of a bumper crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, where Spurs men’s boss Ange Postecoglou was in attendance.

However, the game was brought to a halt in the 82nd minute as concerned medical staff from both teams rushed across the pitch in the direction of the sold-out away end.

After around five minutes, play resumed and mid-table Spurs held on for an historic victory thanks to Martha Thomas, having lost to Arsenal on penalties following a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Conti Cup on Thursday (AEDT).

Matildas star Foord lamented the result after Arsenal, who had beaten Sam Kerr’s Chelsea last week to move level on points atop the WSL, attempted 31 attempts on goal to Tottenham’s eight.

Ange Postecoglou in attendance at the derby.

“It’s extremely frustrating, it’s a tough league and you can’t afford to drop too many points,” she said as Arsenal’s seven-game winning streak came to an end.

“We created big, big chances — and a lot of them too — and on another day, a lot of them, or just one, might have gone in.

“They had one chance and it went in. Football can be cruel sometimes.

“Today just wasn’t our day, we’ll have to regroup and come back stronger. It’s a long season and we’ll keep on fighting.

“We have to keep focusing on the next results and make sure we get points in every single game from here on.”