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Women’s Champions League: Arsenal defeated Koge 5-1 for their second victory in Group C.

Steph Catley joined Arsenal in the summer of 2020 but her influence with the Gunners has been limited by injuries

Steph Catley scored a stunning first goal for Arsenal to beat a tenacious Koge side in the Women’s Champions League.

Catley scored the top corner with a free kick to give Arsenal the lead before the break against the Danish champions.

Nikita Parris, who parried a penalty in the first half, rushed to make it 2-0, Caitlin Foord nodded in a third.

Anna Patten and Jordan Nobbs added late goals to complete the win after Maddie Pokorny took one back.

It was ultimately a comfortable win for Jonas Eidevalls Gunners, who controlled 80% possession but they had to work hard from a team that had not previously scored a goal in the actual competition.

Eidevall praised his players for being “brilliant and great” for sticking to the schedule against a team that was defending in numbers.

“I was proud of our performance,” he said. “It is not easy to break down a team, you need a lot of patience.”

While Koge was able to hold out 63 minutes in a 2-0 defeat against European champions Barcelona in the last group game – a performance that earned them a lot of praise – the Danish teams did not hold back the Gunners for almost that long.

The hosts managed to limit Arsenal early on, but Cecilie Floe Nielsen’s exuberance at defense led them to put Parris on penalties in the 15th minute.

Kaylan Marckese fought off the English striker with an excellent jump save on her right side and shortly afterwards held off a Vivianne Miedema header, but there was nothing she could do to get Catley’s brilliant free-kick into the top corner.

It was a long-awaited Gunners’ first goal for the Australian whose time in English football has been hampered by injuries since arriving last season.

The excellent Marckese defeated Leah Williamson and made another good save from Miedema, the all-time WSL top scorer who, according to Arsenal, was one of six changes for the trip to Denmark beat West Ham on Sunday to restore the three-point lead at the top of the table.

Parris punished Koge for his inability to remove the threat of doubling the lead after an hour and Foord hit at the end of a Nobbs shot that ricocheted off the wood to bring the third home.

Pokorny scored cool on Koge’s first and only attempt on goal after a bad back pass from Catley gave the Americans possession.

However, Arsenal secured their second convincing group win in the last five minutes thanks to clean placements from Patten and Nobbs.

“We can’t assume how big these wins will be every time we’re in a group like this,” said Nobbs. “It’s an exciting time for us.”

Constellations

HB Køge ladies

formation 5-4-1

1awning

44ferry4thSvendsen8thPedersen22ndBoth19thMarkvardsen

10Pokorny11Jankovska14thSayevich13thplaice

7thCarusa

  • 1awning
  • 44ferryReplaced byNowakat 90 ‘protocol
  • 4thSvendsen
  • 8thPedersen
  • 22ndBoth
  • 19thMarkvardsenReplaced byRomeroat 82 ‘protocol
  • 10PokornyReplaced byChandlerat 82 ‘protocol
  • 11Jankovska
  • 14thSayevichReplaced byOstenfeldat 75 ‘protocol
  • 13thplaice
  • 7thCarusaReplaced byHornemannat 90 ‘protocol

substitute

  • 2Nielsen
  • 3Nowak
  • 5Romero
  • 9Hornemann
  • 12thWalter
  • fifteenOstenfeld
  • 16Andersen
  • 18thAndersen
  • 20thChandler
  • 21Wiki
  • 24Eagle
  • 30thSørensen

Arsenal women

formation 4-3-3

18thWilliams

16Maritz6thWilliamson20thBoye Sørensen7thCatley

12thMaanum13thWälti8thNobbs

14thParis11Miedema19thFood

  • 18thWilliams
  • 16MaritzReplaced byFl -sat 72 ‘protocol
  • 6thWilliamson
  • 20thBoye Sørensen
  • 7thCatleyReplaced byMcCabeat 72 ‘protocol
  • 12thMaanumReplaced byLittleat 63 ‘protocol
  • 13thWälti
  • 8thNobbs
  • 14thParisReplaced byMeadat 63 ‘protocol
  • 11Miedema
  • 19thFood

substitute

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 4thFl -s
  • 9Mead
  • 10Little
  • fifteenMcCabe
  • 23Iwabuchi
  • 28Pick
  • 29Goldie

Referee: Sandra Bráz Bastos

Live text

  1. End of game, HB Køge women 1, Arsenal women 5.

  2. The second half ends, HB Køge Women 1, Arsenal Women 5.

  3. Attempt failed. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Katie McCabe from a direct free kick.

  4. Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Foul by Sofie Hornemann (HB Køge Women).

  6. Substitution, HB Køge women. Julie Nowak replaces Emma Ferry.

  7. Substitution, HB Køge women. Sofie Hornemann replaces Kyra Carusa.

  8. Target! HB Køge Women 1, Arsenal Women 5. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) hits with a right footed shot on the right in the box to the bottom left. Supported by Beth Mead.

  9. Target! HB Køge Women 1, Arsenal Women 4. Anna Patten (Arsenal Women) left footed shot from the center of the box, top left. Supported by Caitlin Foord.

  10. Attempt saved. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is saved in the lower right corner.

  11. Substitution, HB Køge women. Arianna Romero replaces Signe Markvardsen.

  12. Substitution, HB Køge women. Cornelia Kramer replaces Madalyn Pokorny.

  13. Substitution, HB Køge women. Cilje Ostenfeld replaces Lauren Sajewich.

  14. Beth Mead (Arsenal Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by Kyra Carusa (HB Køge Women).

  16. Substitution, arsenal women. Anna Patten replaces Noëlle Maritz.

  17. Substitution, arsenal women. Katie McCabe replaces Stephanie Catley.

  18. Target! HB Køge Women 1, Arsenal Women 3. Madalyn Pokorny (HB Køge Women) right footed shot from the center of the box to the bottom left corner.

  19. Target! HB Køge Women 0, Arsenal Women 3. Caitlin Foord (Arsenal Women) header from the center of the box in the top left corner.

  20. Attempt saved. Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the goal. Supported by Kim Little.

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