Arsenal drags draw out of Champions League semifinal at Wolfsburg

Arsenal drags draw out of Champions League semifinal at Wolfsburg
Stina Blackstenius )middle) thanks Victoria Pelova for the assist on the 2-2

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Arsenal women’s soccer players edged out a draw in their first game with VfL Wolfsburg in the Champions League semifinals. The Englishmen, without all the heavily injured top players Vivianne Miedema, Beth Mead and Leah Williamson, overturned a 2-0 deficit in Germany: 2-2.

Wolfsburg, with Dominique Janssen, Jill Roord and Lynn Wilms in the starting lineup, started excellently. The two-time CL winner dominated before halftime and soon Ewa Pajor opened the scoring after a nice pass from Sveindís Jane Jónsdóttir, who moments later benefited herself from a huge mistake by Arsenal defender Rafaelle.

Assist Pelova

The blundering Brazilian retaliated by heading Arsenal, who captured the cup in 2007, to 2-1 just before halftime. After halftime, Stina Blackstenius made it 2-2 on a pass from Victoria Pelova, the Dutch international on the London side. Roord, who was celebrating her 26th birthday, came close to making it 3-2.

FC Barcelona started Saturday’s two-leg match with Chelsea well. The team from Catalonia, winner of the 2021 Champions League, triumphed 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

The final will be played the first weekend of June at the Philips Stadium in Eindhoven.

Kayleigh Williams