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Football in brief: Stroll for Arsenal as leaders forge ahead in Women’s Super League title race

Opener: Van de Donk PICTURE: PA

ARSENAL moved three points clear at the top of Women’s Super League after cruising to a 4-0 victory at Brighton. Danielle van de Donk opened the scoring after four minutes and further goals followed from Jill Roord, Jordan Nobbs and substitute Beth Mead. The Gunners lead Manchester City by three points with Chelsea a further point back. The Blues marked manager Emma Hayes’ 200th game in charge with a 6-1 hammering of Bristol City. The visitors led early on but Beth England led the home side’s goal rush with a brace.

Carlo relishing getting stuck in as boss seeks ‘more continuity’

EVERTON manager Carlo Ancelotti is hoping another week of training will help him further implement his methods. A Richarlison goal was enough for a 1-0 win over Brighton, securing the Italian’s third win in four Premier League matches at the helm. The result helped to erase some of the memories of the previous week’s humiliation by Liverpool’s second string in the FA Cup. ‘I think this team can be competitive with more continuity and more intensity in the game and playing better,’ said Ancelotti. ‘The fact we don’t have a game during the week can help us to improve quickly.’

BRISTOL Rovers have granted manager Ben Garner a period of extended leave to deal with a private matter relating to the health of a close family member. The 39-year-old was appointed Gas boss last month, his first managerial job.

Luis is sidelined for four months

BARCELONA striker Luis Suarez is set to be sidelined for four months after having keyhole surgery on his right knee.
The 32-year-old Uruguay international went under the knife yesterday and is now facing a battle to play again this season. Barca are level with Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.

4-1 — Penalty shoot-out win for Real Madrid over city rivals Atletico as they lifted the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. Former Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier was Atletico’s only spot-kick scorer following a goalless draw after extra-time