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Nikita Parris stars as Manchester City thrash Sunderland

Champions Chelsea briefly leapfrogged City before dropping back into second place after they beat struggling Everton.

Nikita Parris scored twice as Manchester City retained their two-point lead at the top of Women’s Super League 1 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Sunderland.

The England forward poked home the opener nine minutes before the break before turning provider for the second with a cross which was headed home by team-mate Izzy Christiansen 12 minutes after the restart.

And Parris sealed a comfortable victory with 18 minutes remaining as she raced through on goal and drilled home via a post.

Champions Chelsea briefly leapfrogged City before dropping back into second place after they beat struggling Everton 1-0 in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Sweden defender Jonna Andersson settled the contest at Kingsmeadow, firing into the top corner at the near post following a pass from Fran Kirby five minutes from time.

Visitors Everton squandered the opportunity for a first-half lead when Courtney Sweetman-Kirk struck a post from the penalty spot after she was fouled in the area by Anita Asante.

Elsewhere, Birmingham ran out 3-0 winners at home to bottom club Yeovil.

Aoife Mannion opened the scoring from the spot in the 13th minute following a handball before Meaghan Sargeant’s header doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time and England striker Ellen White completed the scoring a minute after the restart

In the day’s other game, Reading and Arsenal shared a goalless draw.

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