Juventus Women 1 – 1 Arsenal Women

Arsenal fought back to draw 1-1 against Juventus in their Champions League game 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 after a quick counterattack.

Vivianne Miedema headed in from a corner to equalize just after the hour mark, but Jonas Eidevall’s side couldn’t create a late winner.

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

Lineth Beerensteyn gave Juventus the lead in the counterattack

The Gunners have gotten off to a good start, with Miedema leading the attack as Mead is set to come off after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s Women’s Super League loss to Manchester United.

Stina Blackstenius was played by Frida Maanum, but saw her upward shot grazed the top of 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 again shortly before the break. At the other end, Arianna Caruso put the ball wide in first half stoppage time.

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

Juventus Women's Sofie Junge Pedersen battles for the ball with Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema during the UEFA Women's Champions League Group C game
Juventus’ Sofie Junge Pedersen battles for the ball with Miedema

But it was Juve who broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Dutch striker Beerensteyn burst in on a counterattack to overtake Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.

Arsenal responded to equalize just after the hour mark when Miedema headed in from a corner. Miedema fired another shot at the turnaround and in stoppage time Foord nearly entered the goal, but the Juventus defense held on.

And after?

Arsenal’the next game is the following weekend when they host Everton December 3 in the Women’s Super League, kick-off at 2 p.m.

The Gunners’ next Champions League match is the second leg of the group stage against Juventus at the Emirates Stadium, kick-off at 8pm.

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