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BARCA 4-1 ARS: Full Match Report, Highlights And Player Ratings

Barcelona, the reigning European champions, thrashed Arsenal 4-1 in their Women's Champions League opening on Tuesday night.

In the first half, Barcelona dominated, gaining the lead through Mariona Caldentey's rebounding finish (32), before Asisat Oshoala's cut-back was turned in by Alexia Putellas (43).

Oshoala put Barcelona 3-0 up early in the second half (47) against her former club, before Arsenal got their stride and pulled a goal back through Frida Leonhardsen Maanum, who bundled home at the back post (74).

Late in the game, substitute Lieke Martens made it 4-1 with a clever goal (84), while Putellas had a stoppage-time penalty saved by Manuela Zinsberger after a foul on her in the area by Jordan Nobbs.

Arsenal's Zinsberger made 10 saves on a dismal night for the Gunners, despite a much-improved second-half performance.


Barcelona demonstrated that they are not about to surrender their European title easily by thrashing Arsenal 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Barca dominated the early stages, controlling possession and converting it into a plethora of decent chances. It was just a question of time before the hosts struck, and it was Mariona Caldentey, who tapped home a rebounded shot on the half-hour mark.

Just before half-time, Alexia Putellas made it two, capping a fantastic run by Asisat Oshoala to give the reigning champs a commanding advantage at the break.

The third goal came just a few minutes into the second half. Oshoala scored the goal she deserved when she calmly buried a one-on-one.

Arsenal regained control of the game after making three changes to their forward line, and after coming close to equalizing through Caitlin Foord, Frida Manuum bundled home a Tobin Heath free kick.

Lieke Martens scored a fourth for the hosts with a beautiful chip with seven minutes to go, but Putellas wasted a chance to make it five when Manuela Zinsberger saved her stoppage-time penalty.

Player Ratings:

Barcelona: Sandra Panos (6), Irene Paredes (6), Marta Torrejon (5), Mapi Leon (5), Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (5), Aitana Bonmati (8), Patricia Guijarro (8), Alexia Putellas (8), Graham Hansen (8), Asisat Oshoala (9), Mariona Caldentey (8).

Subs used: Lieke Martens (6), Fridolina Rolfo (7), Bruna Vilamala (1).

Arsenal: Manuela Zinsberger (8), Noelle Maritz (4), Leah Williamson (4), Jennifer Beattie (4), Steph Catley (3), Lia Walti (3), Kim Little (4), Frida Manuum (4), Beth Mead (4), Vivianne Miedema (4), Katie McCabe (2).

Subs used: Tobin Heath (7), Nikita Parris (6), Caitlin Foord (5), Jordan Nobbs (4), Mana Iwabuchi (5).

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