Juventus 1 Arsenal 1
Arsenal’s unbeaten start to their Women’s Champions League campaign continued as they fought back to draw with Italian champions Juventus at the Allianz Stadium thanks to Vivianne Miedema’s powerful header, but the manager Jonas Eidevall felt that his team had enough chances to win the match.
Dutch striker Miedema’s goal was her first since September and comes after her club and country gave her a break during the international break earlier this month to minimize any risk of exhaustion after a busy fixtures period. this decision seemed to pay off. dividends as the Women’s Super League top scorer looked sharp, lively and venomous in the box.
Despite remaining top of Group C halfway through the group stage, the England side may well be frustrated they didn’t take all three points, after watching the stronger side for a long time. part of the competition, especially in a first half where she excelled. despite the absences of injured stars such as Mead, England skipper Leah Williamson and midfield playmaker Kim Little. Stina Blackstenius hit the woodwork for Arsenal, before Lotte Wubben-Moy saw a clear effort off the line.
“We could have won, given the chances we created, but sometimes football is like that,” Eidevall said. “I’m happy with the performance. Considering the injuries, I’m extremely proud of the team.”
After Saturday’s heartbreaking 3-2 loss at home to Manchester United in the WSL, and following news that England’s Beth Mead suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in that game, a Tough week for Arsenal look set for another bad turn when they fell behind with a counter-attacking goal. Miedema’s Dutch teammate Lineth Beerensteyn showed enough pace to escape Laura Wienroither and then showed good composure to find the top corner against the run of play.
But Arsenal equalized when Miedema did well to meet Frida Maanum’s right corner and catch the side under former manager Joe Montemurro to keep Arsenal on course for the quarter-finals.
Juventus (4-3-3): Peyraud-Magnin 8; Lenzini 6, Rosucci 6, Salvai 6, Boattin 7; Caruso 7 (Bonfantini 6, 82), Pedersen 5, Grosso 6; Bonansea 6 (Cantore, 82), Girelli 6, Beerensteyn 7 (Duljan, 90+5)
Unused subtitles: Aprile (gk), Forcinella (gk), Gama, Cernoia, Lundorf, Zamanian, Arcangeli, Schatzer, Sembrant
Yellow cards: Pedersen, Beerensteyn
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Zinsberger 6; Wienroither 6 (Maritz 6, 79), Wubben-Moy 7, Catley 6, McCabe 7; Maanum 7, Walti 6; Nobbs 7 (Beattie 6, 64), Miedema 8, Foord 7; Blackstenius 6
Unused subtitles: Marckese (gk), Williams (gk), Iwabuchi, Agyeman, Reid
Yellow cards: Blackstenius, Walti
Arbitrator: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
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