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Reading women’s ace puts hand on ball and almost gives away amusing penalty

Reading women star Gemma Evans came very close to giving away one of the most unusual penalties of all time.

When pitted against a very strong Manchester United side in the FA Women’s Super League, you need as much as possible to go your way. Kelly Chambers’ side, suffered a huge set-back in the tail end of the first half, when Diane Caldwell brought down Alessia Russo in the penalty area.

Fortunately, the Royals' heroic No.1 Jacqueline Burns guessed correctly and made an excellent save from Katie Zalem. However, Evans almost dropped her side right back in it when she went over to celebrate with the shot-stopper.

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Understandably, Evans rushed over to congratulate her shot-stopper for saving their skin. Yet, her expressions of adulation came within a whisker of giving another penalty away.

While Caldwell held the ball in her hands and accepted the congratulations from her teammates, Evans went over and placed her hand directly on top of the football. Fortunately, for the Reading defender, VAR is not used in the women’s game and the referee did not notice her bizarre handball.

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Unfortunately, Reading’s fortunes did eventually run out as United found an 87th minute equaliser to steal all three points. Rachel Williams cut inside three Reading defenders before firing a vicious effort into the top right hand corner.

It was a cruel way for a defiant Reading side to lose the match. That late goal means the Royals remain in tenth position, four points away from rock bottom Brighton and Hove Albion.

Meanwhile, Williams' late finish ensured United retained their place at the top of the WSL. United’s marginally better goal difference is the only thing which is keeping the Red Devils at the top of the Premier League.

Despite the fact the frozen pitch at Kingsmeadow forced their home clash against Liverpool to be abandoned in the early stages of the first half, Chelsea are still level on points with United.

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