OL Women won this Thursday evening on the lawn of Arsenal (1-0). Carried by a solid block, the Lyon players were able to sting when they had the opportunity, pushing Frida Maanum to score the only goal of the match… against her side.
After a defeat against PSG in D1 Arkema (0-1) on Sunday, the OL players rebounded well by winning on Arsenal’s lawn in the Champions League (0-1) on Thursday. If the score does not catch up with the slap of the first leg (1-5), the Fenottes are in a good position to grab second place in group C, qualifying for the rest of the competition.
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The game: 0-1In a closed match, where technical errors took precedence over the quality of the game, the public vibrated for three minutes. Or rather, booed for three minutes. A first time when Delphine Cascarino, very leggy, saw her point-blank shot blocked by Lotte Wubben-Moy (43rd). Then three minutes later, when Frida Maanum pushed the ball into her own net after a mess in the English area (45th + 1).
The Fenottes were all then happy to return to the locker room leading in the score. If they were certainly not really endangered, it was the Arsenal players who created the best opportunities in the first period. By Vivianne Miedema (15th), left on injury then (see below), then by Wubben-Moy, from the head (23rd). On the other side of the field, Melvine Malard, preferred to Eugénie Le Sommer, never managed to weigh on the Gunners’ defense. And as soon as the top scorer in the history of the French team entered the game, OL created their first opportunity on a placed attack (57th).
The French saw the cross of Cascarino – again her – badly repelled and attempted a spectacular volley, hardly repelled by Manuela Zinsberger. From there, the game slowed down again, despite the injunctions of Sonia Bompastor, very active in her technical area. The two teams were no longer dangerous, seeming to be satisfied with this result.
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Because with this defeat of a small goal, the players of Arsenal also qualified for the round of 16. Thanks to the special goal difference, they are even guaranteed to finish first if they win in Zurich (0 point in 5 matches, -16 difference). The Fenottes will have to hang at least the draw against Juve (Wednesday 21, 6:45 p.m.) to secure second place, qualifying.
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The fact: Miedema leaves in tearsIn added time in the first half, Vivianne Miedema went out on a stretcher. The Dutchman screamed in pain and collapsed, blessing herself after missing the ball. In tears, Arsenal’s top scorer remained on the ground for long minutes. Before being evacuated by the emergency services, to the applause of the Emirates Stadium.
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