Arsenal fight back to earn Champions League draw at Juventus


Arsenal fought back to draw 1-1 against Juventus in their Champions League match in Turin.

The Gunners, missing several players, including injured England striker Beth Mead, fell behind early in the second half when Lineth Beerensteyn put Juventus ahead on a swift counter-attack.

Vivianne Miedema headed in from a corner and equalized just after the hour mark, but Jonas Eidevall’s side were unable to secure a late winner.

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Arsenal, looking to extend their 100 per cent start, remain top of Group C, two points clear of Juventus and three ahead of Lyon, who won 3-0 against Zurich.

The Gunners started on a positive note, with Miedema leading the attack as Mead is on the verge of extra time after she tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s Women’s Super League defeat to Manchester United.

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Stina Blackstenius was played through by Frida Maanum, but saw her rising shot skim over the crossbar.

Juve goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, who spent a few seasons with the Gunners, then made a fine save after Swedish striker Blackstenius was sent off clear again shortly before the break.

On the other hand, Arianna Caruso shot the ball wide in stoppage time of the first half.

Arsenal pressed again early in the second half as Australian Caitlin Foord tested Peyraud-Magnin before Lotte Wubben-Moy’s header went off the line.

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But it was Juve who broke the deadlock in the 51st minute.

Dutch striker Beerensteyn burst through in a counter-attack and passed Arsenal keeper Manuela Zinsberger.

Arsenal responded to the equalizer just after the hour when Miedema headed in from a corner kick.

Miedema shot over the corner again and almost got Foord on target in stoppage time, but Juventus’ defense held on.


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