Chelsea face title rivals Manchester City in their next league game on Sunday, 11 October
Chelsea face title rivals Manchester City in their next league game on Sunday, 11 October

Holders Chelsea began their defence of the Women’s Continental League Cup with a 4-1 win over rivals Arsenal in a repeat of last season’s final.

Guro Reiten netted twice for Chelsea after Magdalena Eriksson’s opener was cancelled out by Caitlin Foord, and Beth England added a late fourth.

Championship Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1 in Wednesday’s main upset.

Manchester City came from behind to beat in-form Everton 3-1 in a pre-cursor to 1 November’s FA Cup final.

There were also first wins of the season in all competitions for Women’s Super League sides Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Bristol City and Tottenham, all against second-tier opposition, while Reading earned a third straight win as they beat Charlton 4-0.

Top-flight sides Brighton and West Ham drew 2-2 in 90 minutes but the Hammers picked up an extra point for winning the subsequent shootout, while Championship clubs Durham and Crystal Palace also enjoyed victories in Wednesday’s opening round of group-stage games.

The winners of the six round-robin groups will all progress to the quarter-finals, along with the two best runners-up.

Group stage results – Wednesday’s opening fixtures

Group A

Aston Villa 1-0 Sheffield United

Durham 5-2 Coventry United

Group B

Chelsea 4-1 Arsenal

Tottenham 4-0 London City Lionesses

Group C

Liverpool 3-1 Manchester United

Manchester City 3-1 Everton

Group D

Brighton 2-2 West Ham (2-4 pens)

Reading 4-0 Charlton

Group E

Blackburn 0-1 Birmingham

Leicester City had no fixture in this round of games, as Group E has three teams

Group F

Bristol City 4-0 London Bees

Lewes 1-2 Crystal Palace

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