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Ajax v Arsenal: Girls’s Champions League qualifying, spherical two, second leg – dwell | Girls’s Champions League

Key occasions

57 minutes: Walti tries to seek out Blackstenius on the sting of the field however McCabe will get in the way in which and tries to regulate the ball, solely to see it bounce into the goalkeeper’s arms.

55 minutes: Wubben-Moy loves popping out of defence carrying the ball. It’s actually serving to Arsenal transfer ahead faster.

53 minutes: Ajax might want to come out and power the difficulty right here, which they’ve struggled to do so far. Can they up it?

GOAL! Ajax 0-1 Arsenal (agg 2-3) (Miedema, 51)

That’s the breakthrough Arsenal have been hoping for. Miedema collects the ball from Foord, drives in the direction of the world and drills a shot into the nook from 20 yards.

49 minutes: Wienroither cynically takes out Pelova close to the midway line however the referee solely awards a free-kick.

47 minutes: Charles Antaki says: “The vibes aren’t feeling good for Arsenal – little or no taking place up entrance, with Ajax threatening on the break; in the event that they get the primary objective, then they may dig in much more and it’s most likely curtains for the Champions League this 12 months. Time for Beth Mead…”

Second half

Right here we go once more!

Half-time studying.

Half-time: Ajax 0-0 Arsenal (agg 2-2)

It’s all fairly even however neither facet has actually troubled the opposition goalkeeper.

45 minutes: Two minutes added on.

44 minutes: Arsenal are actually having extra of the ball however are struggling to create a lot with it.

42 minutes: Ajax attempt to clear however Spitse smacks the ball towards Pelova’s head and it lands at Miedema’s toes. The Dutch worldwide takes intention however her shot is all the time rising over.

40 minutes: Rafaelle is making her means off with a limp. Not 100% what the harm continues to be. Wubben-Moy replaces her.

38 minutes: Kardinaal and Blackstenius battle for the battle whereas working in the direction of the Ajax byline. In the long run the ball runs out of play and a goal-kick is rewarded.

36 minutes: A shambles on the again as Catley passes the ball again to her goalkeeper however doesn’t look to see the place she is. Zinsberger is compelled to show and chase the ball to cease it going out for a goal-kick.

Down the opposite finish … Blackstenius receives a cross from Miedema and spins to permit her to shoot however her effort is straight at Kop regardless of a deflection.

34 minutes: The commentator on this stream is determined to run via what number of worldwide caps every participant has. He has completed his analysis, honest play.

32 minutes: Rafaelle is on the deck after a good problem from Grant. Undecided what the difficulty is. The Brazilian seems to be like she’s going to keep it up.

Spitse goes into the e-book for a foul on Blackstenius close to the midway line.

30 minutes: Arsenal are controlling the ball on this section, though it solely quantities to Walti taking aiming from 30 yards. Sadly for the Swiss worldwide her shot is blocked.

28 minutes: The whole lot has slowed down …

26 minutes: McCabe sends in a harmful cross from the correct for Blackstenius to assault however Kardinaal reads the hazard and clears behind. The ensuing nook is distributed straight out of play by McCabe on the entrance submit.

24 minutes: Arsenal make it into the Ajax field as soon as towards however Doorn is in the correct place on the proper time to intercept the cross and clear.

22 minutes: Miedema collects the ball 25 yards from objective, spins and ultimately takes intention from the sting of the field however her shot lacks energy and course.

20 minutes: Blackstenius tries to regulate a cross nevertheless it bounces her away from. The ahead will get the ball straight again off an Ajax heel, turns and shoots for objective however her tame effort is smothered by Kop.

18 minutes: Miedema slips the ball via to Wienroither who decides to shoot from an acute angle regardless of being off steadiness. Evidently, the ball goes out for a goal-kick.

Zinsberger sprints off her line to intercept an extended ball excessive however utterly misses it. Fortunately for her, so does Grant and the ball bounces behind.

16 minutes: Leuchter dribbles at Williamson however the England captain holds her floor and nips the ball away from her opponent earlier than clearing.

Arsenal look slightly pedestrian right here and already appear to be attempting to power the difficulty with passes they aren’t able to enjoying.

14 minutes: Catley finds Blackstenius within the field however the ahead fails to regulate the ball correctly and Ajax have the simple job of clearing, made even simpler when Catley miscues a cross out of play.

12 minutes: There’s thunder and lightning within the background.

Blackstenius sprints down the left to latch onto a cross behind the defence. She reaches the ball however then cuts again and performs a cross backwards to sluggish every little thing down, permitting Ajax to get well.

10 minutes: Weerden will get the higher of Wienroither and makes it into the field however she pulls her cross behind onrushing teammates.

8 minutes: Noordam will get into the field and whacks a shot when off steadiness which is deflected over the bar for an Ajax nook.

Lia Walti of Arsenal attempts to block an effort by Ajax’s Nadine Noordam.
Lia Walti of Arsenal makes an attempt to dam an effort by Ajax’s Nadine Noordam. {Photograph}: Gerrit Van Cologne/ANP/Getty Photographs

6 minutes: Ajax play a brief nook and ultimately work the ball into the field however Arsenal clear it with out fuss.

The referee, from Spain, has a phrase with Van der Most after a late problem on Walti.

4 minutes: It’s raining closely in Amsterdam. It seems to be just like the enjoying floor is fairly slick, that’s for positive. Miedema loses her footing however I’m positive that’s associated to the pitch.

2 minutes: Arsenal have began in constructive style, already countering to the sting of the Ajax field earlier than an important intervention curtailed the assault.

Kick-off

Peep! Peep! Peep! Right here we go!

The match officials lead the players out onto the pitch at sports complex De Toekomst.
The match officers lead the gamers out onto the pitch at sports activities advanced De Toekomst. {Photograph}: Gerrit Van Cologne/ ANP/Getty Photographs

Sarina Wiegman is within the crowd. Very a lot a busman’s vacation for her.

“Mead on the bench – hmm,” emails Charles Antaki. “Eyebrows raised amongst Arsenal followers (and amongst what might be Mead’s million-strong submit Euros private fan membership). Presumably the thought is for Katie McCabe to beat them down into submission for 60 minutes and Mead to return on and saunter via to attain a hat-trick?”

There have to be a crafty plan.

In case you had been questioning … tonight’s recreation is dwell on Arsenal’s official web site within the UK.

That is what occurred within the first leg …

Arsenal regarded spectacular on the weekend towards Spurs. Admittedly, their native rivals helped them out by refusing to defend on the right-hand facet. Mead and Miedema look in kind and shall be hoping to hold that on to nighttime.

There’s a stunning rainbow above the bottom.

Classes to be discovered for Arsenal.

Beginning lineups

Ajax: Kop, Van der Most, Kardinaal, Doorn, Verhoeven, Spitse, Noordam, Pelova, Grant, Leuchter, Weerden

Subs: Bussman, Van der Wal, Munsterman, Tromp, Kruize, Keijzer, Hoekstra, Bakker, Van Gool, Sabajo, De Sanders

Arsenal: Zinsberger; Wienroither, Williamson, Rafaelle, Catley; Little, Walti, Miedema; McCabe, Blackstenius, Foord

Subs: Marckese, Williams, Wubben-Moy, Beattie, Martiz, Maanum, Nobbs, Iwabuchi, Mead, Hurtig

Preamble

Captain Kim Little says Arsenal “have to do extra and should be higher” which sums up their scenario going into their do or die Champions League conflict with Ajax. A 2-2 draw at house leaves development to the group stage within the steadiness however the Gunners shall be assured following their weekend routing of rivals Spurs.

Arsenal had been poor final week within the first leg, there isn’t any doubting that however, on the similar time, they possess high quality all through the crew and people people is not going to need to be out of the Champions League earlier than October. The Gunners will suppose they will go a great distance on this 12 months and elimination at such an early stage could be an enormous failure.

Failure to make the group stage shall be big blow for Arsenal, particularly by dropping to supposedly inferior opposition. Ajax made it to the spherical of 32 in 2020-21 however didn’t characteristic final season so will really feel one other 12 months with no foray within the competitors correct could be underwhelming.

Let’s hope for a cracker.

6pm BST kick-off.

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