The Women’s Super League crowd record was smashed for the second time this season but the 38,262 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium saw Arsenal claim the north London bragging rights.
Scotland star Kim Little and Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema’s second-half goals won the division’s first derby between the two sides to keep Arsenal second in the table.
Both teams had created good chances to take the lead amid a crackling atmosphere, in what was the marquee game of the Football Association’s inaugural Women’s Football Weekend.
The attendance far surpassed the 31,213 that watched the Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium on the season’s opening weekend – and was more than seven times higher than the record of 5,265 which stood prior to this term.
The home fans – whose side were meeting Arsenal in the top tier for the first time after Spurs’ promotion last season – were almost celebrating when striker Kit Graham twice went close before the break.
After a slow start, Spurs grew in confidence during the first half and should have led when ex-Charlton forward Graham was played through one-on-one, but she shot straight at Austria goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.
Graham then almost scored again, hitting the post with a good effort from just outside the box, before Arsenal’s Republic of Ireland international Katie McCabe clipped the top of the crossbar at the other end.
But after the break the Gunners asserted their control, dominating possession and building up some pressure before Little broke the deadlock with a clinical finish into the bottom corner and then Miedema’s close-range finish wrapped it up.
That sent the away fans into raptures, with Arsenal having sold out their 3,000-strong allocation of tickets, generating a rare sight for the division – a packed, segregated section of celebrating away support.
Record crowd full of noise for north London derby
The Gunners’ travelling numbers were more than three times higher than last season’s average crowd for the entire division overall.
The home fans generated plenty of noise too, as Spurs’ women played for the first time at the club’s rebuilt Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The venue was the largest to ever host a fixture in the WSL – which began in 2011 – as it narrowly eclipsed the capacity of the Gunners’ Emirates Stadium, which hosted Arsenal and Chelsea in the division in 2012.
In particular, the flag-waving, party-like atmosphere at half-time felt akin to the entertainment on offer at the latter stages of the Women’s World Cup, as Sunday’s much-anticipated game gave off the feel of one of the most significant of the season.
The result also saw defending champions Arsenal remain one point behind leaders Chelsea at the summit, while Spurs – enjoying an otherwise impressive start to the campaign – stay sixth.
China has condemned what it called an “appalling attack” by protesters on Hong Kong’s justice secretary in London on Thursday evening.
Teresa Cheng fell and was treated for an arm injury in hospital after being jostled by about 30 supporters of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement.
Chinese official Geng Shuang said some in the UK “supported violent acts… to create chaos” in its former colony.
Hong Kong has been racked by five months of anti-government protests.
The campaign started in opposition to a now-withdrawn plan to allow extradition to mainland China, but it has since morphed into wider demonstrations backing democracy and opposing the actions of the police.
The protests have continued unabated – Friday was the fifth consecutive day – and have often turned violent. On Thursday, a 70-year-old man died after being hit by a brick thrown during clashes. A murder inquiry has been opened.
Hong Kong meanwhile confirmed it had entered its first recession for a decade, with the economy shrinking 3.2% in July to September, compared with the previous quarter.
What happened to Teresa Cheng?
The justice secretary had been in Camden, north London, to promote Hong Kong as a dispute resolution and deal-making hub.
Video showed her walking towards a lecture at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) when she was surrounded by a group of protesters.
Some held signs and shouted “murderer” and in the melee, Ms Cheng fell to the ground.
London’s Metropolitan Police said they were investigating an allegation of assault and no arrests had yet been made.
“A woman was taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service suffering an injury to her arm,” a statement said.
In a statement, CIArb said Ms Cheng had been “assaulted by a crowd”.
Tom Tugendhat, chair of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, condemned the behaviour of the protesters.
Ministers “visiting the UK should be able to go about their business free from abuse and assault. This is not right”, he tweeted.
How did China react?
Mr Geng, China’s foreign ministry spokesman, said the attack was “directly related to certain British politicians confusing right from wrong on the Hong Kong issue and their support for violent acts, giving a platform to those who are anti-China and want to create chaos in Hong Kong”.
He said if the UK did not alter its approach “and continues to add fuel to the fire, sow discord and instigate others” it would “bring calamity on itself”.
He urged the UK to “bring the culprits to justice and… also protect the safety and integrity of all Chinese people in the nation”.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam also condemned the protesters in the UK, saying “the savage act breached the bottom line of any civilised society”.
Ms Cheng’s office said she “castigates the violent mob in London causing her serious bodily harm on her way to an event venue”.
Protesters say Ms Cheng played a key role in pushing for the extradition bill.
What’s the latest on the protests?
Protesters, including thousands of office workers, were on the streets again on Friday, many of them chanting “stand with Hong Kong”.
A number of roads were blocked and there was more disruption on the underground rail system. Black-clad protesters also continued to occupy university campuses.
It comes a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the protests were threatening the “one country, two systems” policy under which Hong Kong retains a high level of autonomy and personal freedom unseen in mainland China.
Police in Hong Kong are treating as murder the death of the 70-year-old hit by a brick during unrest in the border town of Sheung Shui on Wednesday.
The government said the cleaner was on a lunch break when he was struck by “hard objects hurled by masked rioters”.
Video purported to be of the incident shows two groups throwing bricks at each other before the man falls to the ground.
On Monday, a police officer shot an activist in the torso with a live bullet, and a man was set on fire while arguing with anti-government protesters.
A week ago, Alex Chow, a 22-year-old student, died after falling from a building during a police operation.
Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is returning to football after he agreed to become Fifa’s new chief of global football development.
The move ends speculation linking the Frenchman, 70, with a return to management as Bayern Munich boss.
Wenger left the Gunners in May 2018, after 22 years in charge, three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups.
“I very much look forward to taking on this extremely important challenge,” he said.
Wenger’s new role at the world governing body will help to develop men’s and women’s football, as well as technical aspects of the sport.
He will now be a member of the technical panel of the International Football Association Board, and chairman of Fifa’s technical study group.
Premiership club Harlequins have appointed Laurie Dalrymple as their new chief executive.
The 44-year-old left Premier League football club Wolves in July following four and a half years at Molineux.
“While I’ve worked in football most recently, rugby has always been my passion,” he told the club website.
“Following an inspiring World Cup, CVC’s investment into the league and a growing supporter base, Harlequins are well placed to capitalise.”
Dalrymple, who served as managing director of Wolves for three years, was previously executive director at the Ricoh Arena and international sales director at global event producer EMAP.
Quins chairman David Morgan said he will bring “a wealth of experience” to The Stoop.
“Laurie helped transform Wolves from a Championship club to an established member of the Premier League,” he added.
“I would again also like to thank David Ellis (Harlequins’ outgoing chief executive) for all his dedication, hard work and achievements over the past eight years.”
Harlequins are 10th in the Premiership table, having won only one of the their first four games of the season.
Chelsea recorded a sixth consecutive Premier League win for the first time since their title-winning season of 2016-17 as they moved up to second in the table.
The Blues’ victory over Crystal Palace means they are now five points behind leaders Liverpool.
Frank Lampard’s side moved above Manchester City, who play leaders Liverpool on Sunday, and could be leapfrogged by Leicester City, who host Arsenal at 17:30 GMT on Saturday.
Tammy Abraham’s 10th league goal of the season and Christian Pulisic’s header ensured the win against a resolute Palace side who barely got out of their own half during the first period.
And after dominating a goalless opening half, Chelsea finally made the breakthrough when Mateo Kovacic and Willian combined to release Abraham – with the forward stroking a right-foot effort into the bottom right corner from 10 yards.
James Tomkins missed a glorious opportunity to equalise for the Eagles, heading Luka Milivojevic’s right-wing delivery wide from six yards.
But Chelsea more than merited their win, with Pulisic wrapping up the points with a close-range header after Michy Batshuayi’s deflected shot fell into his path.
Palace’s defeat, their third in four games, leaves them ninth in the table.
Youthful Chelsea overwhelm Palace
While Chelsea may no longer have Eden Hazard, there still appears to have been a notable evolution in their attacking play since Lampard was installed as manager.
His team may enjoy less possession and play fewer passes (per game) than under former boss Maurizio Sarri but they look considerably more dynamic.
Fikayo Tomori, 21, Mason Mount, 20 and Abraham, 22, have all come into the team, while Christian Pulisic, 21, and 19-year-old Reece James, making his first Premier League start, ensured Lampard’s starting side was the club’s youngest ever in Premier League terms.
Mount and Kovacic both had shots blocked inside the first minute and Willian’s 25-yard free-kick narrowly flew wide of the top corner shortly after.
The most impressive aspect of Chelsea’s performance was the patience and perseverance they showed after going into the interval at 0-0.
Lampard, who was named Premier League manager of the month for October has provided his side with a clear identity, and they never wavered from their free-flowing style.
And that was supplemented by the finishing power of Abraham and Pulisic who are both in rich form in front of goal.
Abraham opened his body out wonderfully before guiding the ball past Palace keeper Vicente Guaita, as he moved level with Jamie Vardy at the top of the division’s goalscoring charts.
American Pulisic, who was inventive throughout, capped an impressive performance with his fifth goal in his last three games.
Palace unable to offer attacking threat
Palace boss Roy Hodgson deployed a tried and tested 4-5-1 formation on his 300th outing as a Premier League manager.
And his team initially displayed the same manner of determined defending that helped them to a win at Manchester United in August and a recent point at Arsenal.
Guaita superbly smothered Pulisic’s early close-range effort, while Gary Cahill brilliantly blocked Willian’s strike from six yards out, just before the break.
Former England defender Cahill, 33, who spent seven years at Chelsea before joining Palace in the summer, barely put a foot wrong on his return to Stamford Bridge.
But unlike in their successes at Old Trafford and the Emirates, Palace were unable to offer any attacking threat going forward.
Jordan Ayew, who contributed one of Palace’s two goals in each of those matches did not touch the ball in the Chelsea penalty area.
And Wilfried Zaha was well shackled by James, spending most of his afternoon running toward his own goal as Palace mustered just one effort on target.
Man of the match – Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)
‘Tammy has shown there are so many parts to his game’ – what they said
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard: “We certainly deserved to win the game, but it was frustrating in a way because we had chances but not enough clear-cut ones.
“They [the young players] are a big part of the team. The older players help the younger ones but they have to realise very quickly what this level is because it’s tough. The way they work daily and approach games is great. Can we replicate that through a longer period, that’s the test.
“We’ve had teams come here and be difficult to break down, it’s a test of not only how you unlock the door, but can you switch on to make sure you don’t get hit by the sucker punch? I was really delighted with the game management. I got as much joy out of Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori’s performances in defence, and the midfielders shielding in front of them, as I did our attacking play.
“I trust in Reece [James]. Azpilicueta is our captain and is a legend of the club but it was just time to give Reece some minutes today because he’s playing so well and he’s trained so well. It was a really good individual performance. He dealt with [Wilfried] Zaha well and gave him problems going the other way.
“Harry Kane is an incredible player and what he’s done in recent years and his career is amazing, so Tammy [Abraham] needs to look up to that. That’s the next stage for Tammy. He’s shown there are so many parts to his game. Today was difficult because there was not much space in to his feet. It’s the game where you work a lot for a goal but he did that.”
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: “I thought we weathered the early storm well. We controlled an opponent in very good form.
“Eventually they scored a good goal, but the second goal was a little unfortunate as we were starting to grow into the game and looking a little bit likely ourselves. Then it was very difficult for us to get back into it.
“It’s an unfortunate spell we find ourselves in, but I can’t say I’m disappointed with our performance.”
Azpilicueta’s run halted – the stats
- Chelsea have won six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since May 2017 under Antonio Conte, in their last title-winning season.
- This was Crystal Palace’s 100th Premier League London derby (W23 D23 L54), with only Fulham posting a lower points-per-game rate in such games (0.84) than the Eagles (0.92).
- Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is the seventh English manager to win six consecutive Premier League matches, and the first since Alan Pardew in April 2012 with Newcastle United.
- With an average age of 24 years and 88 days, Chelsea named their youngest ever starting XI in the Premier League, and the youngest of any team in the competition this season.
- Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson oversaw his 300th Premier League game as manager, becoming the 15th boss to hit that milestone.
- César Azpilicueta’s run of 73 consecutive starts in the Premier League for Chelsea ended, with the Spaniard failing to start for the first time since November 2017 against Swansea.
- Crystal Palace failed to attempt a single shot in the first half of a Premier League match for the first time since March 2014 away to Swansea City.
- Tammy Abraham is the second youngest player to reach double figures for Premier League goals for Chelsea, after Arjen Robben (21y 342d).
- Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is the fourth American to score in three consecutive Premier League games, after Clint Dempsey (three times), Joe-Max Moore and Roy Wegerle.
Chelsea travel to Manchester City in their next Premier League match on Saturday, 23 November (17:30 GMT). Crystal Palace welcome league leaders Liverpool to Selhurst Park for their next Premier League fixture on that day (15:00).
A drug dealer has been found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Jodie Chesney in a park in east London.
The teenager was stabbed in the back as she socialised with friends in Harold Hill, Romford, on 1 March.
Svenson Ong-a-Kwie, 19, and a 17-year-old boy were both convicted of murder following an eight-week trial at the Old Bailey.
Manuel Petrovic, 20, of Romford, and a 16-year-old boy were both cleared of murder and manslaughter.
The jury spent less than six hours deliberating their verdicts on all four defendants.
Judge Wendy Joseph QC said Ong-a-Kwie and the 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, would be sentenced on 18 November.
Throughout the trial it was never disputed that Ong-a-Kwie and the teenager were the two people who went into Amy’s Park on the night Jodie was stabbed.
The pair blamed each other for the stabbing, while Ong-a-Kwie admitted burning his clothes with a cigarette lighter.
Jurors heard Jodie had her back to her attackers and the knife almost passed through her body.
Frantic efforts were made to save her but she was pronounced dead in a petrol station in Gants Hill about an hour later.
A union has announced 27 days of rail strikes during December and on New Year’s Day as part of a long-running dispute over train guards.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said its guards and drivers working for South Western Railway (SWR) had been left with “no choice” but to take industrial action.
The union said the dispute would continue for as long as SWR “refuse to give assurances” on the role of guards.
SWR has been approached for comment.
The union has told its members not to book on for duty:
- From 00:01 GMT on Monday 2 December until 23:59 on Wednesday 11 December
- From 00:01 on Friday 13 December until 23:59 on Tuesday 24 December
- From 00:01 on Friday 27 December 2019 until 23:59 on the 1 January
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “At the last meeting we held with SWR, principles in agreements were made in good faith with the company’s negotiating team and we now feel hugely let down again.
“As long as the company continues to refuse to give assurances on the future operational role of the guard, we will remain in dispute.
“I want to congratulate our members on their continued resolve in their fight for safety and the role of the guard on SWR.
“It is wholly down to the management side that the core issue of the safety critical competencies and the role of the guard has not been agreed.”
The general election date is set and most MPs are entering campaign mode. Others, however, are clearing out their desk for the last time.
The House of Commons will lose over 1000 years of parliamentary experience with more than 50 incumbents preparing to stand down – and there may be more to come.
Here are the ones we know about so far:
Ken Clarke, is the longest serving MP in the House of Commons, known as the father of the house, having served his Rushcliffe constituency for almost half a century.
A long-time supporter of the UK’s membership of the EU, he was expelled from the Conservative Party by Boris Johnson, after he rebelled against the government over Brexit.
Sir Oliver Letwin, the former Conservative minister and West Dorset MP, who was recently at the forefront of Parliamentary attempts to delay Brexit.
Former Education Secretary and Brexit rebel Justine Greening (Putney), who said she can “achieve more positive change outside Parliament” and will now focus specifically on improving social mobility.
One-time Conservative leadership candidate and walking enthusiast Rory Stewart (Penrith and the Border), who is focusing on trying to beat Sadiq Khan in next year’s London mayoral election, as an independent candidate.
Former Home, and Work and Pensions, Secretary Amber Rudd, MP for the ultra-marginal Hastings and Rye seat, who resigned from the cabinet and surrendered the Tory whip over Brexit in September. She was not among those who had the whip restored by the PM on Tuesday.
Guto Bebb (Aberconwy), another Brexit rebel kept out in the cold by Boris Johnson – and so unable to stand as a Conservative candidate. Likewise Nick Boles (Grantham & Stamford).
Nicky Morgan (Loughborough), the current culture secretary, surprised Westminster watchers by announcing her departure, citing the “clear impact” on her family and “the other sacrifices involved in and the abuse for doing the job of a modern MP”.
Claire Perry (Devizes), a former energy minister and president of COP26, a UN climate change conference.
Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex), grandson of wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill, who was among those kicked out of the party by Boris Johnson over his opposition to a no-deal Brexit.
He has now been welcomed back into the fold, but is standing down.
Readmitted rebels Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire), Richard Harrington (Watford), Richard Benyon (Newbury).
Former Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon who has been the MP for Sevenoaks since 1997 and before that MP for Darlington.
Sir David Lidington (Aylesbury) de-facto deputy PM under Theresa May wants to spend more time with his family while he is “still in active and good health”.
Former miner – and former minister – who has been in Parliament for 33 years – Sir Patrick McLoughlin (Derbyshire Dales).
Dame Caroline Spelman (Meriden), who cited “the intensity of abuse arising out of Brexit” in her resignation statement.
Jo Johnson (Orpington), the PM’s brother, who resigned from the cabinet over Brexit.
Other Tory MPs leaving the green benches will be:
- Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford)
- Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire)
- Keith Simpson (Broadland)
- Nick Hurd (Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner)
- Mark Prisk (Hertford and Stortford)
- Bill Grant (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock)
- Sir Hugo Swire (East Devon)
- David Tredinnick (Bosworth)
- Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster)
- Seema Kennedy (South Ribble)
- Sarah Newton (Truro and Falmouth)
- Mims Davies (Eastleigh)
- Sir Alan Duncan (Melton and Rutland)
- Peter Heaton-Jones (North Devon)
- Margot James (Stourbridge)
- Mark Lancaster (Milton Keynes North)
- Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South)
Of the Labour MPs who have announced their intention to step aside, a good number are either Brexiteers or against a second referendum.
Jim Fitzparick (Poplar and Limehouse) and Sir Kevin Barron (Rother Valley) have all voted for Theresa May’s Brexit deal at some stage. Veteran trade unionist Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley) and Kate Hoey (Vauxhall) backed leave in the 2016 referendum. John Mann (Bassetlaw) has already left and now sits in the House of Lords.
Ex-shadow justice minister Gloria De Piero (Ashfield), who expressed concern over the “lack of tolerance for different viewpoints” within her party in her resignation speech.
One-time leadership challenger Owen Smith (Pontypridd).
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley), who at 82 is the oldest woman to sit in the House of Commons.
Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside) – who quit Labour over anti-Semitism within the party – and Joan Ryan (Enfield North) and Ann Coffey (Stockport) now of Change UK. Suspended ex-Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North) is retiring.
Other Labour MPs stepping down are:
- Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
- Stephen Twigg (Liverpool West Derby)
- Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham)
- Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)
- Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead)
- Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-Under-Lyme)
- Albert Owen (Ynys Mon)
- Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
- Ian Lucas (Wrexham)
- Helen Jones (Warrington North)
- Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
Former party leader – and cabinet minister in the coalition government – Sir Vince Cable (Twickenham).
Former coalition government minister Sir Norman Lamb (North Norfolk), who is leaving Westminster to focus on setting up a fund for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities.
Former Conservative and Change UK MP Heidi Allen (Cambridgeshire South), who only joined the Lib Dems a few weeks ago, said she had suffered “utterly dehumanising abuse” as an MP in a letter to her constituents announcing her future intentions.
In addition to being the House of Commons referee, former Conservative John Bercow is the MP for Buckingham, which he has represented since 1997.
Before he announced his decision to step down, the Conservative Party said it intended to break convention and run a candidate against him at the next election.
More on the election
A bus driver died and 15 people have been injured in a crash involving two buses and a car in south-east London.
Police said the man, believed to be 60-years-old, was pronounced dead at the scene on Sevenoaks Road in Orpington, on Thursday night.
The 24-year-old driver of the car has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous and drug driving.
The Met said of those hurt, three people had serious injuries while the rest were minor.
According to one eyewitness, the crash happened at the bottom of The Avenue at the junction of Park Avenue and Sevenoaks Road.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) sent 60 firefighters to the scene of the collision, which happened at about 22:15 GMT.
“Firefighters rescued several casualties from the buses and immediately undertook first aid, being joined by colleagues from London Ambulance Service,” said LFB assistant commissioner Graham Ellis.
One witness, who did not wish to be named, said he was in his living room when “we literally heard a loud bang”.
“It didn’t sound like a car crash, it was a really weird noise,” he said.
“I went out to take a look and saw the carnage. My son is 11 and he was really upset. We didn’t really want to stay outside as it was too upsetting really.”
He said one of the buses had gone into a front garden.
“My heart goes out to those involved. Very distressing,” he added.
Another resident, Tariq Sheik, said he heard “an awful lot of ambulance and fire engine noises last night” and thought it might have been connected to Halloween.
“Horrific scenes, it’s not very pleasant,” he added.
Claire Mann, the director of bus operations at TfL, offered the firm’s condolences and sympathies to the dead man’s family and confirmed they were working with the bus operator GoAhead and the Met Police to “ensure we find out what happened”.
Counselling has also been made available to those affected by the crash, she said.
Road closures are in place around the area and police have advised motorists to use alternative routes.
Six bus routes have also been diverted.
Detectives have appealed for any witnesses or anyone with dash cam, mobile phone or CCTV footage of the collision to contact them.
QPR chief executive Lee Hoos says allegations of racist abuse against his club’s players have been “swept under the carpet” by Uefa and Fifa.
Hoos says the Championship club are still awaiting a decision 10 weeks after their Under-18s side walked off the field during a game in Spain.
It is alleged that players from AD Nervion racially abused QPR players during the friendly on 8 August.
QPR say they initially reported the incident to Fifa on 15 August.
“There were a substantial number of people within the game who warned me at the time that this issue would be swept under the carpet and I am appalled to see this appears to be the case,” Hoos said in a statement.
“I am disgusted, embarrassed and dismayed to call them our governing bodies when they are incapable of governing.”
The club said that statements were submitted to Fifa on 23 August as Uefa initially said it was outside their jurisdiction.
Rangers say world governing body Fifa took seven weeks to confirm receipt of the club’s complaint before passing it back to European governing body Uefa on 9 October.
Hoos’ comments come a day after Bulgaria were ordered to play two games behind closed doors and fined 75,000 euros (£65,000) after racist chants during a European Championship qualifier in Sofia on 14 October.
“Uefa have dealt with this one issue of blatant racism but both Fifa and Uefa seem to treat complaints about racism like a complaint about a broken seat in a stadium,” Hoos added.
“I am left confused, frustrated and incredibly angry that more than 10 weeks after we lodged our complaint of racism, we are still awaiting a decision.
“Incredibly, despite the seriousness of this issue, it took seven weeks and the personal intervention of Greg Clarke – the chairman of the FA and vice-chairman of Fifa – to get a response from Fifa.”
The BBC has approached Uefa and Fifa for a response to the claims.