Arsenal strengthened its hold of second place in the group after securing one of the high scoring football scores in the Women’s Champions League. Arsenal came out of the blocks firing but Nikita Parris had her penalty saved in the 16th minute by Koge goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese. They will now take on Tottenham in the WSL before hosting Koge in the Champions League.
Steph Catley opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a brilliant free-kick from 20 yards out. Parris then made up for her penalty miss in the 63rd minute before Caitlin Ford made it three after Jordan Nobbs hit the bar in the 69th minute. Anna Patten and Nobbs scored the fourth and fifth goals respectively after Madalyn Pokorny scored the first-ever Champions Lague goal for Koge. This was the ninth time that Arsenal has scored four or more goals this season and has now scored 45 goals in 15 games.
“A very good win and Arsenal will be really happy. Arsenal has been able to rotate the squad, use players that haven’t had many minutes, he’s not had any injuries it seems.” Rachel Yankey said. “There will be plenty trying to impress ahead of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on December 5. There was good character and patience from the team. I would think they’ll get through this group now, and obviously, Barcelona is the biggest test. The home match against them will be a different challenge.”
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