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UWCL: Wolfsburg beat Arsenal for the semi-final spot

Wolfsburg came out on top and won the second leg against Arsenal for Women’s Champions League semi-final meet-up with Barcelona. Jill Roord and Leah Williamson’s own goal secured the second leg win.

Women’s Champions League, Quarter-final, Leg 2

Thursday, 31st of March

Vfl Wolfsburg – Arsenal 2-0 (1-0) agg. 3-1
Scorers: 9′ Jill Roord (W), 72′ Leah Williamson (W) og
Yellow cards: /

1st leg, 23rd of March

Arsenal – Vfl Wolfsburg 1-1 (0-1)

In the Volkswagen Arena, where men’s Wolfsburg team play their home games, the match started with a slight delay due to confetti on the pitch from pre-match program. Already in the 9th minute, Arsenal were unable to clear the ball and Jill Roord managed to tip the ball into the goal after a scramble for the opening goal of the night. The home team doubled their lead in the 17th minute but scorer, Tabea Wassmuth, was flagged for offside, which VAR confirmed. The Gunners had a lot of problems in the build-up, and it was only Wolfsburg creating chances. Manuela Zinsberger kept them in the game with a leg save of Lynn Wilms’ strike.

The visitors could be happy to be just one goal down at the break. They had to do better in the second half to keep their semi-final dreams alive. Arsenal stepped up a bit of their game, but were still unable to create any real chances. It was mostly a tactical match between the boxes. In the 72nd minute, Sveindis Jane Jonsdottir sent a cross in front of the goal, Leah Williamson tried to clear the ball but hit it poorly. The ball went through the legs of the keeper to own net. Two goals down, Arsenal looked to get one back as soon as possible. They came the closest just 3 minutes later after Vivianne Miedema headed the cross from a corner kick into the crossbar. Leah Williamson tried again with a follow-up header, but Almuth Schult denied it with a brilliant save, pushing it to the post. After that, Wolfsburg calmly brought the game to the end for a comfortable win.

Overall, Wolfsburg were the better team during both legs and are deservingly through to the Women’s Champions League semi-final, where Barcelona awaits them for two spectacular games.

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