Arsenal reach UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage

Arsenal reach UWCL group stage
Arsenal’s Caitlin Foord fights for the ball with Ajax’s Chasity Grant. (Photo: GERRIT VAN KEULEN/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal reached the UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage with victory over Ajax but Rangers bowed out to Benfica in extra-time.

Champions Path

Slavia Prague 0-0 Valur (Agg 1-0)
Vllaznia 2-1 Vorskla / Zhytlobud-2 (Agg 3-2)
Rosengård 3-1 Brann (Agg 4-2)
St. Pölten 2-2 (aet) KuPS (Agg 3-2)
Zürich 3-0 SFK 2000 (Agg 10-0)
Benfica 2-1 (aet) Rangers (Agg 5-3)
Juventus 2-0 HB Køge (Agg 3-1)

League Path

BK Hacken 0-2 Paris Saint-Germain (Agg 1-4)
Ajax 0-1 Arsenal (Agg 2-3)
Real Madrid 2-1 Rosenborg (Agg 5-1)

The Gunners got the only goal of the Round 2 2nd leg tie in Amsterdam, Vivianne Miedema netting on 51 minutes for a 3-2 aggregate win. They now await the group stage draw, which will be streamed live on at 12pm UK time on Monday 3 October.

PSG progressed in Hacken, Lieke Martens and Kadidiatou Diani extending their first leg advantage in the second half.

Real Madrid beat Rosenborg 2-1 in the other League Path game to win 5-1 over the two legs, Caroline Weir again on target to equalise on the night.

Rangers took Benfica to extra-time before bowing out of the Champions Path tie 5-3 on aggregate. Emma Watson’s 87th-minute goal forced the extra half-hour, in which Benfica scored twice.

Rangers v SL Benfica - UEFA Women´s Champions League
Rangers’ Emma Watson got the goal that took Benfica to extra-time. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

St. Pölten also needed extra-time to defeat KuPS, Mateja Zver getting both their goals.

Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir’s early goal set up Juventus for a victory over Køge

Vllaznia scored an 88th-minute decider shortly after Vorskla had equalised for a 3-2 aggregate success.

All the goals came in the second half, including a Mimmi Karsson brace as Rosengård beat Brann 3-1 on the night and 4-2 overall.

Zurich scored ten against SFK 2000 over the two legs, Slavia Prague drew a blank with Valur but led from the away game.

Thursday’s League Path ties:

Bayern Münich v Real Sociedad
Roma v Sparta Praha

Chelsea Women have to come from behind to beat West Ham

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