Juventus Women 1 – 1 Arsenal Women

Arsenal battled back to draw 1-1 with Juventus in their Champions League clash in Turin.

The Gunners, who were missing several players including injured England striker Beth Mead, fell behind early in the second half when Lineth Beerenstein put Juventus ahead after a quick counter-attack.

Vivianne Miedema headed home from a corner to equalize just after the hour mark, but Jonas Eidevall’s side were unable to score a late winner.

Arsenal, who had been looking to extend their 100 per cent start, remain top of Group C, two points ahead of Juventus and three behind Lyon, who beat Zurich 3-0 away.

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Lineth Beerenstein put Juventus ahead on the counter attack

The starting line-up made a positive start, with Miedema leading the charge as Mead heads for an extended spell after rupturing her ACL in Saturday’s Women’s Super League defeat to Manchester United.

Frida Maanum played through Stina Blackstenius, but she saw her rising shot hit the crossbar.

Juve goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, who spent several seasons with Arsenal, then saved well after Swedish striker Blackstenius was sent off again shortly before the break. At the other end, Arianna Caruso put the ball wide in stoppage time of the first half.

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

Juventus Women's Sofie Junge Pedersen fights for the ball with Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema in the UEFA Women's Group C match.
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Juventus’ Sofie Junge Pedersen fights for the ball with Miedema

But it was Juve who broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Dutch striker Beerenstein broke through on a counter-attack and slotted past Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.

Arsenal responded to equalize just after the hour when Miedema headed home from a corner. Miedema sent another shot on the corner and in stoppage time Foord almost found the net but the Juventus defense held out.

What’s next?

Arsenal’The next game is the following weekend when they host Everton December 3 in the Women’s Super League, start at 14:00.

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

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