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Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool: Sophie Roman Haug scores first Reds goal in draw

Sophie Roman Haug's first Liverpool goal earned her side a valuable point in a hard-fought game at in-form Tottenham.

A wonderful solo goal by Norway forward Celin Bizet put Spurs on course for a fourth win in five Women's Super League games.

Bizet started the move from inside her own half in the 27th minute before driving at Liverpool's defence and producing an impressive finish past Rachael Laws.

Fellow Norwegian Haug, who joined the Reds in September from AS Roma, equalised in the 66th minute with a well-placed header following a super cross from substitute Yana Daniels.

Liverpool could have won it in the closing stages but Gemma Bonner's volley flew wide.

Tottenham suffered injury blows too as midfielder Olga Ahtinen was carried off on a stretcher deep into stoppage time, while defender Luana Buhler also had to be replaced.

Spurs are third in the table but will drop to fourth if Arsenal win at Leicester City later on Sunday (18:45 GMT).

Liverpool remain fourth in the table but will drop a place if Arsenal win.

Frustration for Spurs

Tottenham have made an impressive start to life under new boss Robert Vilahamn, but there will be disappointment they could not finish the job against Liverpool after taking a deserved lead.

Spurs won just five WSL games in a disappointing 2022-23 season that ended with interim boss Vicky Jepson in charge following the sacking of Rehanne Skinner in March.

Bizet's goal had put Spurs on course for victory, but they could not build on it as Martha Thomas' deflected attempt struck the bar and substitute Jessica Naz was denied by Laws.

Despite the injuries to Ahtinen and Buhler, there was a first appearance since October 2022 for Ellie Brazil after an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Spurs are unbeaten in their last five WSL games under Vilahamn although the Swede will be frustrated after a second successive draw.

Liverpool show more resilience

Like Tottenham, Liverpool have also started this season in encouraging fashion as they look to improve on last season's seventh-placed finish.

There is a resilience to Matt Beard's side who showed character after falling behind and maintain their unbeaten away record in the WSL.

While there will be frustration about the way Bizet was allowed to go unchallenged for her goal, Haug's headed equaliser offered further evidence Liverpool will be hard to beat this season.

They've also lost one of their opening six matches - matching Tottenham's 11-point tally - and might even have taken all three if Bonner's close-range attempt had not flown wide.

Liverpool, who lost Mia Enderby to injury, return to the capital next Saturday to face Chelsea (13:30 GMT) but the reigning champions will not hold any fear for this Reds side.