Arsenal beat Spurs in front of Women's Super League record crowd

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WSL attendance record broken at new stadium

To say these are exciting times for women's football would be seriously understating it; just a week ago, England's Lionesses played Germany in front of a Wembley crowd of 77,768 fans.

Tottenham Hotspur Women's remarkable rise to the top flight of the game brings them to their first ever meeting with Arsenal in the Women's Super League and there is a hope that it could set a new record for a game in the division.

A howler of the Reds goalkeeper Anke Preuss proved decisive in the first WSL Merseyside derby that was held at the stadium when Willie Kirk's team, winning on the grounds of their neighbors, did what their male counterparts have not been able to do since 1999. "If I'm honest, it shouldn't be a moment - it should be something that hopefully becomes the norm".

On the first designated women's soccer weekend, taking advantage of the rest in the Premier League and Championship calendar, the crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium exceeded 31,213 at Manchester City for Manchester United's visit in the first weekend Weekend of the season in September. They were in action at the Academy Stadium and made light work of West Ham in what was a repeat of last season's FA Cup final.

Anfield was used for the Merseyside derby on Sunday and 23,500 fans saw fresh struggles for two-time WSL champion Liverpool.

"We got behind them a couple of times but it was the cliché of a lack of execution", Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro said.

"[Preuss] came to me and put her arms around me and apologized for the mistake".

Chelsea opened the season by hosting Tottenham in front of around 25,000 at Stamford Bridge. League leaders Chelsea were back at their usual home of Kingsmeadow on Sunday.

It was a contentious victory against the league newcomers.

United believed Millie Turner was unfairly penalized for challenging Fran Kirby in the penalty area and Maren Mjelde's spot kick sealed a 1-0 victory.

While England is home to Europe's only fully professional women's league, players across the continent are still fighting to earn a living. Players are lobbying for better conditions, including protection in the event of pregnancy.

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