Arsenal’s Girls’s Champions League qualifying marketing campaign acquired off to a profitable begin as Jonas Eidevall’s facet secured a 3-0 victory in opposition to Linkoping in Sweden.
Second-half targets from Caitlin Foord (53), Lina Hurtig (81) and Stina Blackstenius (90) made it a profitable begin to the season for the Gunners, who will now face France’s Paris FC or Ukraine’s Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih on Saturday for the prospect to succeed in the second spherical of qualifying – the spherical earlier than the group stage.
Alessia Russo, Amanda Ilestedt and Cloe Lacasse have been all handed their Arsenal debuts in Sweden.
After a good first half, which noticed Kim Little’s early penalty saved, the entire targets got here within the second half with Foord and Hurtig discovering the again of the web with headers earlier than Blackstenius rounded off what was ultimately a snug night for the Gunners.
Arsenal group information: Russo debut | Mead on bench
Jonas Eidevall included new signings Alessia Russo, Amanda Ilestedt and Cloe Lacasse within the beginning XI to face Linkoping.
After 9 months away, Beth Mead made a long-awaited return to the matchday squad with Eidevall naming her on the bench for the Gunners.
There was additional constructive information for Arsenal, who named England worldwide Beth Mead on the bench after 9 months out with a knee harm.
Arsenal will now put together for Saturday’s remaining, which may also be in Linkopings. Paris FC and Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih play within the different semi-final of Arsenal’s part at 8pm on Wednesday.
What’s subsequent for Arsenal within the Champions League?
The Gunners will face the winners of Paris FC vs Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih on Saturday September 9, once more in Linköping.
When does the WSL season begin?
The 2023/24 Girls’s Tremendous League season begins on October 1, with Arsenal, who completed third final season, beginning their marketing campaign in opposition to Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.
How Champions League qualifying works…
Spherical certainly one of Champions League qualifying consists of two knockout video games. As beforehand talked about, Arsenal will now tackle the winner of Paris FC vs FC Kryvbas on Saturday September 9 for a spot within the second spherical of qualifying.
In spherical two, the Gunners will solely face one group. They are going to play a house and away leg as they bid to succeed in the Champions League group levels.
Wolfsburg, Paris Saint-Germain, Actual Madrid, Sparta Praha, BK Häcken and Manchester United all enter the competitors at this stage.
The round-two knockout matches happen in October and can determine which 12 groups will be a part of automated qualifiers Barcelona, Lyon, Bayern Munich, and Chelsea within the group levels in November.
Methods to comply with the WSL on Sky Sports activities’ digital platforms
Observe all the most recent from the Girls’s Tremendous League throughout SkySports.com and app, together with unique options and interviews, plus devoted dwell weblog protection and in-game clips from video games dwell on Sky Sports activities.
You can too watch free match highlights from each WSL sport this season on Sky Sports activities’ digital platforms and YouTube channel, whereas all matches will proceed to be proven on each Sky Sports activities Soccer, in addition to on Sky Showcase, accessible in all Sky houses, even with out a Sky Sports activities package deal, giving the competitors higher visibility.
Alongside protection and visibility for the league throughout all Sky Sports activities’ fundamental social media channels, the bespoke Twitter channel @SkySportsWSL will proceed to be the house of all Barclays FA WSL content material on Sky Sports activities.
The Sky Sports activities WSL TikTok account offers followers 360° protection of the league and granting them unique entry to their new favorite gamers. By enjoyable challenges and interviews, together with behind-the-scenes footage, viewers will get to know the WSL’s array of personalities and see the game from a brand new set of angles.
In the meantime, followers may maintain updated with all the pieces on and off the pitch with the return of Three Gamers and a Podcast, hosted by Caroline Barker.
Key dates for the 2023/24 seasonBarclays Girls’s Tremendous League opening weekend: Sunday October 1Barclays Girls’s Championship opening weekend: August 26 – August 27FA Girls’s Continental League Cup remaining: March 30/31Barclays Girls’s Championship remaining weekend: Sunday April 28Vitality Girls’s FA Cup remaining: Could 11/12Barclays Girls’s Tremendous League remaining weekend: Sunday Could 18