Arsenal ultimately ran out 3-0 winners towards Danish facet Koge within the Girls’s Champions League to all however assure their progress to the knockout phases with video games to spare.
Caitlin Foord struck within the first half, earlier than late targets from Lotte Wubben-Moy and Vivianne Miedema prevented what may have been a nervy end on a irritating night time.
With Koge defending resolutely, Arsenal struggled to unlock the sport for giant durations of the competition. The Gunners dominated the ball in their very own half and midfield however had been struggling to make the telling breakthrough within the ultimate third.
Foord’s opening purpose got here comparatively early, a close-range faucet in for the Australian ahead after a precision low cross from Beth Mead on the left. However a mixture of Koge’s defensive work and Arsenal’s personal missing high quality meant they struggled to construct on that lead.
Miedema had been rested from the beginning however appeared from the bench for the ultimate 25 minutes and immediately grew to become one of the best participant on the pitch, giving her staff apparent extra high quality and attacking impetus. She may have scored earlier than she did however for a final ditch defensive interception from Koge’s Isabella Obaze.
The character of the slim lead left Arsenal susceptible and when Koge did create a primary clear probability with lower than quarter-hour remaining, goalkeeper Lydia Williams needed to be sharp to maintain it out.
Koge’s resistance lastly broke within the closing phases. Wubben-Moy powered a bullet header into the online to settle the outcome, earlier than Miedema capped off an exquisite cameo to make it 3-0 late on.
Lydia Williams (GK) – 7/10 – Principally a spectator however made a fully essential save to protect the lead with lower than quarter-hour to play.
Anna Patten (RB) – 6/10 – Willingness to get ahead and assault however missing some high quality within the ultimate third.
Lotte Wubben-Moy (CB) – 7/10 – Noticed lots of the ball as Koge sat off. Obtained the essential second purpose with a robust header.
Jennifer Beattie (CB) – 6/10 – Landmark fiftieth European look.
Katie McCabe (LB) – 6/10 – Had delivered some teasing crosses shortly earlier than coming off and was beginning to look extra harmful.
Lia Walti (CM) – 7/10 – Spectacular imaginative and prescient and passing within the centre of midfield. Dropped into the again 4 for the ultimate half hour.
Jordan Nobbs (CM) – 5/10 – Not the type of really incisive influence she would have hoped for right here.
Kim Little (CM) – 5/10 – Arsenal seemed higher when she was in a position to break the strains between midfield and assault. In all probability did not go sufficient of it.
Nikita Parris (RW) – 5/10 – Moments of constructive influence had been too sparse.
Caitlin Foord (ST) – 6/10 – Standing in for Vivianne Miedema and obtained the essential breakthrough within the six-yard field. Disappointly quiet after that.
Beth Mead (LW) – 7/10 – Two assists on the night time. Seemed higher and extra harmful usually as soon as Miedema had come on.
Frida Maanum (CM) – 6/10 – Slotted into the central midfield position Walti was doing.
Vivianne Miedema (ST) – 8/10 – Immediately added a level of additional class and power off the bench. Wanted relaxation however Arsenal are so significantly better along with her.
Steph Catley (LB) – 6/10 – Like for like substitute for McCabe. Tried to unfold and stretch the pitch and created the third for Miedema.