Arsenal 3-3 Paris FC (Paris FC win 4-2 on penalties): Arsenal Women fail to qualify for the Champions League after shock defeat despite Alessia Russo brace
- Arsenal Women failed to qualify for Champions League after losing on penalties
- Jonas Eidevall’s side drew 3-3 with Paris FC but were beaten in the shootout
Arsenal Women have failed to qualify for the Champions League following a shock defeat on penalties to Paris FC.
Although Arsenal made it through to the semi-finals last season, they won’t be involved in this season’s competition after losing in Sweden.
Following a goalless first half, Paris took the lead through a header from Mathilde Bourdieu, who added another goal shortly afterwards.
Goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger was left dejected following Arsenal Women’s loss to Paris FC
Jen Beattie scored to send the game to extra-time but Arsenal ended up losing on penalties
Recent signing Alessia Russo scored twice for Arsenal but then missed in the shoot-out
Arsenal responded, with recent signing Alessia Russo reducing the deficit.
Substitute Jen Beattie then scored a header to send the game to extra-time.
Daphne Corboz put Paris ahead in extra-time, with Russo then netting again in impressive fashion to send the game to penalties.
In the shootout, Russo and Frida Maanum both missed for Arsenal. Daphne Corboz was unable to net for Paris but Louna Ribadeira scored the winning spot-kick.
Arsenal: Zinsberger, Wubben-Moy, Ilestedt (Beattie 90), Catley (Kuhl 109), Maritz (McCabe 60), Little, Walti (Pelova 59), Foord (Hurtig 59), Maanum, Blackstenius (Russo 60), Lacasse
Goals: Russo (80, 116), Beattie (90)
Booked: McCabe, Hurtig, Catley
Paris FC: Nnadozie, Bogaert (Abdullina 81), Greboval, Sissoko (Hocine 93), Soyer, Korosec (Corboz 63), Thiney, Le Mouel (N’Dongala 105), Mateo, Dufour (Ribadeira 76), Bourdieu (Fleury 76)
Goals: Bourdieu (56, 57), Corboz (106)
Booked: Bogaert, Greboval, Bourdieu, Fleury
As reported by Tim Stillman, Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall said after the game: ‘Obviously it hurts, we knew Paris were a good team and this was going to be a tough game. My priority now is to take care of the players who worked so hard and I’m really proud of how they fought to come back into the game.’
Reflecting on Arsenal’s four day training camp, Eidevall said: ‘It’s a really important time because we have new players and we need to prepare for the season. We are no better or no worse a team than we were yesterday.’
Louna Ribadeira of Paris FC is delighted after she scored the decisive penalty kick
The dejected Arsenal players applaud their supporters following the game in Sweden