Beth England scored an injury-time winner as Chelsea beat London rivals Arsenal in dramatic style to lift the Women’s Continental League Cup for the first time.

England tapped home a fine ball across the face of goal from Maren Mjelde for her second goal of the game to seal victory in front of a competition record crowd of 6,743 in Nottingham.

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The Chelsea forward had put her side ahead early on, turning in a crowded area to fire the ball into the bottom corner after five-time winners Arsenal failed to clear the danger.

Chelsea goalkeeper Ann-Katrin Berger made a string of saves to deny the Gunners a first-half equaliser, foiling Louise Quinn and Jordan Nobbs in quick succession before keeping Arsenal’s 29-goal top scorer Vivianne Miedema out.

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Miedema had a hat-trick of chances to level after the break, drilling a low shot just wide before Berger twice saved from the Dutch striker – first from a header before making a fine reflex save.

It was from the ensuing corner that Leah Williamson levelled with a sliding finish. However, fine work from Kerr on the edge of the box in the 92nd minute helped set up England’s 21st goal of the season and sealed a dramatic win at the City Ground.

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