European Champion Barcelona Feminine Team of Spain opened defence of the title they won beating Chelsea 4-0 last season against another English side, Arsenal Women. The road was rough for the Oshoala's side but the all important point was achieved.
Hoffenheim Women of Germany opened Matchday 1 with a convincing win over Danish Women's Team HB Køge. Naschenweng scored the German side's first goal in the 18th minute to put the home side in front at the interval. Billa's early 2nd half goal coupled with Buhler and De Caigny's brace sealed a 5-0 victory for Hoffenheim Women.
Former European Champions, Lyon feminine Team had a rollercoaster ride over Sweden's BK Hackens in their first group game of the UEFA Women's Champions League. The ever reliable Mallard scored the French side's goal just 10 minutes into action. Macario doubled the visitor's lead 3 minute into the 2nd half as Larsen's own goal in the 53rd minute settled the night for Lyon in Sweden with 3 Points back to France.
Defending Champions Barcelona Feminine at the Estadio Johan Cruyff displayed the best of football against Arsenal Women. Although, the start was smooth for Barca Women but the goal wasn't coming until Caldentey broke the deadlock in the 31st minute to boost the host Confidence. Europe's best, Alexia Putellas doubled Barca's lead in the 43rd minute as the Spanish Queen sealed the first half.
Just 2 minutes into the 2nd half Nigeria's Oshoala added to Arsenal Women woes as she delivered a low drive pass Arsenal Goalie to register her name on the Scorers sheet putting Barca in front with the 3rd goal. FIFA Maanum gave Arsenal Women hope after scoring a 74th minute consolation for the Gunnars before Super Sub, Lieke Martens rounded it up to 4-1 for Barcelona feminine Team as they start their title defence on a great note.
Benfica Women held Bayern Munich Women to a shocking goalless draw as the German Champions starts their campaign on a low point.
Despite winning 4-1, defending Champions are 2nd in the log with 3 Points but only trailing Leader Hoffenheim on 2 goals difference. Arsenal are pointless as HB Køge after their losses.
Lyon's 0-3 away win put them on top of Group D with 3 Points while Bayern Munich and Benfica Women follow by 1 point each.
Stage is now set for Matchday 2 as Bayern Women host Sweden's Hacken. French side Lyon will also be at home to file it out against Benfica Women of Portugal.
Defending Champions will travel Denmark to play HB Køge in their 2nd game of the UEFA Champions League while Arsenal Women will be looking for their 1st win as they host Hoffenheim Women from Germany.
Who will win the Champions League this season? Chelsea are still in the mix and PSG will also have their claims. Follow for more women football stories.
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