Women's Sports: English teams impress as the Women’s Champions League kicks off

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This week saw the first set of Women's Champions League matches and both English clubs impressed as Arsenal won 4-0 and City secured a 7-1 victory.

The Women's Champions League Round of 32 kicked off this week and after five years out of the competition, Women Super League Champions Arsenal re-asserted their European dominance with a superb first leg result. 

Arsenal travelled to Italy to take on Serie A Fiorentina who despite having comfortably qualified for Champions League football for three years running, struggled to keep the North London combination of Little and Miedema quiet.

Vivianne Miedema proved her worth early on, beating not one, but two defenders to find the back of the net in the eighteenth minute. The 23-year-old then went onto assist Arsenal captain Kim Little who quickly doubled the scoreline.

Fiorentina quickly lost any control that they had over the game as their defence slipped out of shape and made an error that allowed Miedema through yet again. The Netherland's all-time top scorer made it three in the second half and was then substituted with half an hour to go.
The last goal from the Gunners came from a Beth Mead cross and landed to Evans who converted a close-range left-foot volley.

Star of the show Miedema missed out on the Women's Super League opener against West Ham last weekend with an injury, but her performance against Fiorentina has proved that she will be instrumental in Arsenal's season.

Manchester City also had reason to celebrate this week as they put one foot into the final 16 with a 7-1 win over Swiss side Lugano.

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Youngster Georgia Stanway opened the scoreline in the 25th minute, but Kaela Dickerman equalised just before the half-time break.

The goals came in the second half with City netting five in the final 25 minutes. An early penalty after the break was converted by Aoife Mannion who made it 2-1.

Pauline Bremer made it onto the score sheet with a brace and Caroline Weir, who scored the Manchester derby winner last weekend, was assisted by captain Houghton to score the fifth. With five minutes left, Beckie slotted one past the goalie and Weir managed a second with the final kick of the game. There was a cause for concern at the end of the game as Georgia Stanway was see limping off having suffered an injury scoring the opening goal.

Manchester City failed to progress past the Round of 32 last season, and with seven away goals under their belt, it's surely almost certain that they've beaten last years efforts.  

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In other fixtures, current European Champions Lyon won 9-0 and Juventus lost 2-0 to last year's runners-up Barcelona.

With City and Arsenal making headlines throughout Europe, the quality of the Women's Super League is further reiterated to the footballing world. This year, it seems, English clubs are a force to be reckoned with.

The Round of 32 second-leg fixtures will be played on 25 and 26 September.

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