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Arsenal exit Women’s Champions League as Wolfsburg show class in quarter-finals

Arsenal left the Women’s Champions League in the quarter-finals as Wolfsburg impressively beat them 2-0 at the Volkswagen Arena to secure a 3-1 aggregate triumph.

A hotly contested first leg saw Tabea Wassmuth put the Frauen-Bundesliga side ahead at the Emirates Stadium before Lotte Wubben-Moy’s late equalizer earned Arsenal a draw to leave them well in contention for a first Champions League semi-final appearance since 2013.

That year it was Wolfsburg who ended their run – also at the Volkswagen Arena where they triumphed 2-1 in the second leg to reach the final – and history eventually repeated itself, much to their chagrin. English people.

Former gunner Jill Roord scored the opening goal after just nine minutes when the visitors were once again undone by a set-piece – something that has become an Achilles heel for them this season.

Arsenal failed to manage a corner which deflected into the box, Sveindis Jonsdottir turned it towards goal and after the ball went loose in the six-yard box Roord reacted quickest to pass Manuela Zinsberger at close range.

Wolfsburg dominated as Jonsdottir fired from the edge of the area and another cross nearly sailed but was knocked down by Zinsberger, who also saved well with his legs when Svenja Huth burst in.

The hosts had the ball in the net for the second time when Wassmuth carefully controlled and finished in the box, but after a long VAR check he was ruled out for offside.

Arsenal improved after the break but failed to create anything net, instead seeing the draw taken away from them thanks to a fortuitous second goal in the 72nd minute. Jonsdottir reached the boundary line and his low cross deflected off Leah Williamson’s leg, sliding under Zinsberger and dribbling across the line.

Wolfsburg won 2-0 in the evening at the Volkswagen Arena

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A 2-0 deficit woke the Gunners up when Vivianne Miedema’s imposing header hit the crossbar, before Williamson’s follow-up shot was brilliantly deflected off the post by Wolfsburg keeper Almuth Schult.

The Germans then saw the game expertly and staged a mouth-watering semi-final against current holders Barcelona, who qualified for the semi-finals on Wednesday after an 8-3 aggregate victory against rivals Real Madrid, with the second leg at the Camp Nou being played in front of a record crowd of 91,553.

Arsenal’s attention will now turn to the Women’s Super League, where they find themselves in a scintillating title battle with Chelsea – behind the table-top Blues by just one point with five games remaining in the campaign.

Arsenal exit Women’s Champions League as Wolfsburg show class in quarter-finals

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