Arsenal struggled to a 1-1 draw with Juventus in the Champions League match in Turin.
Arsenal, who had lost several players including the injured England striker Beth Mead, fell behind early in the second half when Lenneth Berenstein shot Juventus ahead after a quick counter-attack.
Vivian Miedema headed in from a corner to level the score on the hour mark, but Jonas Edvall’s side were unable to score the winner late on.Read:England: Seven things Gareth Southgate learned from the final international break before World Cup
Arsenal, who were looking to extend their start to 100 percent, remained at the top of Group C, two points ahead of Juventus and three ahead of Lyon, who won 3-0 away at Zurich.
Arsenal are off to a positive start, with Miedema leading the attack as Meade prepares for a lengthy period after tore her anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s Women’s Premier League defeat to Manchester United.Read:Europa Conference League play-off: Last-gasp goals deny Linfield first-leg win over RFS
Stina Blackstenius played through Frida Maanum, but saw her rebounding shot go past the top of the crossbar.
Then Juventus goalkeeper Pauline Peraud-Magnin, who spent two seasons with Arsenal, made a good save after Swedish striker Plaxtenius was sent off again shortly before half-time. In contrast, Ariana Caruso put the ball wide in first-half injury time.
Arsenal pressed again early in the second half as Australia’s Kaitlin Forward tested Perraud-Magnin before Lute Woopen Moi’s header was cleared off the line.
But it was Juventus who broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Dutch striker Berenstein broke through a counter-attack to go past Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.
Arsenal responded to equalize an hour later when Miedema headed in a corner kick. Miedema sent another shot on the turn and during stoppage time Fford almost fired on goal, but the Juventus defense held.Read:Rio Ferdinand fumes at ‘disgraceful’ Argentina penalty for Lionel Messi at 2022 World Cup in Qatar to day
He is pleased to end the “wild game” with a point
“I think in the end the result is probably fair,” Leah Walti, the Arsenal midfielder, told the club’s official website. “It feels good because we knew we didn’t want to lose that match. Ideally we would have won it and I think we had enough chances.
“But it’s football. They had one chance and they took it. I think the response after that was really good. I felt there was 10 minutes after half-time where we struggled a little bit, as it was a tough battle in midfield as well, but then I think we fought ourselves.” And we deserved the goal.In the end, if we had been a bit lucky in front of the goal, maybe we would have scored the winning goal.
“In the end, it was a bit of a wild game. It was very transitional. So it was hard to stay calm, but it was nice sometimes to step on the ball and it came back up again. And I think our diver today really helped us get the draw.”
ArsenalThe next game is the weekend after the next when they host everton On December 3rd in the Women’s Super League, it kicks off at 2pm.
Arsenal’s next match in the Champions League is the rematch in the group stage against Juventus at the Emirates Stadium, at 8 pm.