Jackie Groenen played for the first time with the women of Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday. The Orange international contributed with an assist to the 2-0 win over West Ham United in the Super League. Lieke Martens scored twice for a winning FC Barcelona.
Usually the women’s team plays its games in Leigh Sports Village, but due to the international period in men’s football, Old Trafford was now available. Due to the corona rules, the 76,000 seats in the stands remained empty.
Manchester United is the second English club to have the women’s team play in its stadium. Tottenham Hotspur did that before during international matches. A record number of more than 38,000 people attended a game between the women of Tottenham and Arsenal at the end of 2019.
Greens assisted in the second hit by the American Christian Press on Saturday. English Lauren James had opened the score on behalf of the home team and is entering the history books as the first woman to score at Old Trafford.
The Greens team is third in the Super League, behind league leaders Chelsea and Manchester City. As the last player, West Ham must fear relegation.
Martens scores twice at still clear Barcelona
In the Spanish league, the women of FC Barcelona are still without a loss of points this season. Partly thanks to two hits from Lieke Mertens, mid-engine Sevilla was beaten 0-4 on Saturday.
The World Football Player of the Year 2017 made the 0-2 in the 54th minute and scored the third goal seven minutes later. The wing striker has ten goals in sixteen league matches.
With 21 victories in a row, Barcelona is well on its way to the national title. Levante has played seven points behind as number two and three more games.
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