#UWCL: Arsenal Women survive huge scare in Hoffenheim

Arsenal beaten 4-1 in Hoffenheim but reach UWCL last eight
Kim Little battles for the ball during the group stage tie at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. (Daniela Porcelli/Sports Press Photo)

Arsenal narrowly made it through to the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals after a 4-1 defeat in Hoffenheim.

Group C: Barcelona 5-0 HB Køge, Hoffenheim 4-1 Arsenal
Group D: Bayern Münich 4-0 Benfica, Lyon 4-0 Häcken

Hoffenheim had needed a five-goal victory to overtake the Gunners on the head-to-head record but after Jule Brand’s opener had been setback by Laura Wienroither’s own goal under pressure from Mana Iwabuchi. However, in a five-minute spell leading up to the hour mark, the hosts rocked Arsenal with three goals as Chantal Hagen scored twice after possession had been given away and Gia Corley made it 4-1. But that’s were the scoring ended and the Gunners will be in the hat for Monday’s knockout draws.

Barcelona made it six wins out of six in their group C, an own-goal by Leila Ouahabi followed by an Alexia Putellas volley, long-range lob from Lieke Martens, plus efforts by Fridolina Rolfö and Ingrid Syrstad Engen.

Lyon won Group D after defeating Häcken 4-0, Catarina Macario’s first-half goal added to by Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry and Janice Cayman.

Group runners-up Bayern also won 4-0 against Benfica, Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir and a Lea Schüller header giving then a 2-0 interval lead, before Giulia Gwinn’s penalty was swiftly followed by a goal from Klara Bühl.

Last group games: (UK times, all live on DAZN/DAZN YouTube)

Thursday 16 December
Group A (8pm): Juventus v Servette, Wolfsburg v Chelsea 
Group B (5.45pm)
: Real Madrid v Kharkiv, Paris Saint-Germain v Breidablik

The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will be made at 12pm on Monday 20 December, live on uefa.com.

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