Arsenal Women Beat Bayern Munich to Reach Champions League Semifinals
First Half Goals Secure Victory for Gunners
Arsenal Women’s team gets a place in the semifinals of the Women’s Champions League after defeating Bayern Munich 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium in front of a record crowd of 21,307. The team overturned their 1-0 deficit from the quarterfinals’ opening leg to advance 2-1 on aggregate.
Gunners in Semifinals for the First Time Since 2013
It is Arsenal’s first appearance in the semifinals since 2013. Additionally, another English team, Chelsea, could also make it to the semifinals if they advance past Lyon in their quarterfinal, which they lead 1-0 in the first leg.
Arsenal Overcomes Early Injury to Captain Kim Little
Despite captain Kim Little’s early injury, Arsenal kept their composure and relentlessly pressed Bayern Munich’s midfield and defence. The press resulted in no clear-cut chances initially, but Frida Maanum scored a spectacular goal early from outside the box. The wind in their sails allowed Arsenal to score another goal when Stina Blackstenius headed home Katie McCabe’s cross in a crowded box.
Bayern’s Goalkeeper Maria Luisa Grohs Keep Them in the Game
The goalkeeper for Bayern Munich, Maria Luisa Grohs, kept their side in the game with a string of impressive saves to deny Arsenal of a third goal. Grohs made a sterling double save to keep both Blackstenius and Maanum from netting first-half braces. Bayern was more attacking in the second half and even had a couple of corners, but Arsenal’s defense prevented them from scoring.
Arsenal Face the Winner of PSG and Wolfsburg
Arsenal will now wait for the result of Thursday’s second leg between PSG and Wolfsburg to see who they will face in the semifinals. The semifinals will commence on April 22nd.