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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Arsenal FC Women recovered from the first leg setback to secure a place in the semi-final of the 2022/2023 UEFA Women’s Champions League (UWCL).

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First-half goals from Leonhardsen-Maanum and Stina Blackstenius lifted the Gunners to a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the quarter-final return leg clash with a record Champions League crowd at the stadium.

Bayern had edged Arsenal 1-0 in the first leg last week but the English side executed a close marking system for the return leg, giving little breathing space to the Germans.

Incessant pressure led to Bayern losing the ball in its half allowing Leonhardsen-Maanum to strike home the first goal of the game for Jonas Eideval’s side in the 20th minute.

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Six minutes later, Katie McCabe’s cross inside the box was headed into the back of the net by Stina Blackstenius for the second goal of the match.

Bayern Munich toiled hard to get a goal which might take the game into extra time and possible penalties but Arsenal stood firm and qualified for the semi-final of the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the first time since 2013.


Jonas Eideval’s side will face the winner of the clash between Wolfsburg and PSG in the semi-final.

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Wolfsburg, the German second team in the quarter-final holds a 1-0 advantage from the first leg in France and are fan favourites to make it to the semi-final.

It promises to be an exciting semi-final ahead of us as FC Barcelona also awaits the winner of the clash between Lyon and Chelsea FC Women.

The record Champions League winners, Lyon will have to cancel out a 1-0 deficit from the first leg in London on Thursday to have a chance of activating the repeat of last season’s final.

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