Arsenal thrash holders Lyon, Barcelona rating 9 in women's Champion League

Braces from Caitlin Foord and Beth Mead helped Arsenal ease previous women’s Champions League holders Lyon 5-1 in Group C movement on Wednesday evening time.

A pair of early targets from Foord and Frida Maanum staked Arsenal to an early 2-zero benefit in direction of the hosts, who hit again through Melvine Malard inside the twenty seventh minute to halve Arsenal’s lead.

Mead added a aim from a free kick in first-half stoppage time to revive Arsenal’s two-aim cushion going into the break.

Foord added her second inside the 67th minute to pad the lead and Mead scored as quickly as extra quickly after to place Arsenal on prime of their group after the foremost day of matches in UWCL movement.

final season’s Champions League runners-up Barcelona kicked off their advertising and marketing campaign in trend with a thumping 9-zero win over Portuguese champions Benfica in Group D.

Patri Guijarro opened the scoring contained in the foremost minute and Barca did not take their foot off the gasoline in entrance of over 5,000 followers on the Johan Cruyff stadium till the final minute.

Forwards Asisat Oshoala and Geyse each registered braces, and there have been additionally targets for Aitana Bonmati, Mariona Caldentey, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic and Claudia Pina in what was a relentless efficiency from the house facet.

Barca did not even should carry on Caroline Graham Hansen or world report signing Keira Walsh, who have been each unused substitutes, whereas Alexia Putellas, who celebrated her second Ballon d’Or win with followers earlier than the sport, stays sidelined with a protracted-time period harm.

Jonatan Giraldez’s facet have now obtained all 5 video games in all competitions this season, scoring 25 targets and conceding simply one. Benfica, in the meantime, stay unbeaten domestically however now face an uphill battle to progress inside the Champions League.

In Wednesday’s earlier video games, Bayern Munich beat Rosengard 2-1 at house with targets from Carolin Simon and Linda Dallmann, whereas second-half strikes from Valentina Cernoia and Barbara Bonansea helped Juventus to a 2-zero victory away to FC Zurich.

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