With the Champions League group stage reaching its halfway point, some Matildas have made an impact for their club overnight.
- Australia’s Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord scored in Arsenal’s 5-1 win over Denmark’s HB Køge.
- Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon defeated German giants Bayern Munich 2-1.
- Dylan Holmes’ BK Häcken beat Benfica 1-0 to place third in Group D.
Arsenal beat Danish team HB Køge 5-1 to place second in Group C, three points behind defending champions Barcelona.
It was a hugely dominant show for the Gunners, who led the Champions League debutants on all statistical fronts, including shooting (25 vs 3), possession (81 vs 19 per cent) and passing (799 vs 196).
Arsenal could have opened the goal in the 15th minute, but English striker Nikita Parris saved the penalty by forward goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese.
Instead, it was Matildas’ assistant captain, Steph Catley, who kicked the club off target, conning a perfect free kick an inch into the top corner. It was the fullback’s first goal since arriving at Arsenal in July last year.
Parris recovered an early miss an hour later, checking a hard pass before turning and hitting low and hard across a sea of legs to make it 2-0.
Australian winger Caitlin Foord finished third soon after, returning home with a bouncing shot from the crossbar from teammate Jordan Nobbs, scoring her first goal in Europe for the Gunners.
Køge retracted the goal after Madalyn Pokorny missed a Catley pass in the 71st minute, but Arsenal took a comfortable win with two goals against Anna Patten and Nobbs in the final stages.
The defending champions, Barcelona, beat German team Hoffenheim 4-0 and became the clear leader with three wins in Group C.
Elsewhere overnight, Ellie Carpenter’s Lyon took the top spot in Group D in a tight 2-1 win over German champions Bayern Munich. Carpenter played the entire 90 minutes, making several critical blocks and characteristic offensive runs as the seven-time European champions would expect. get the title back.
Also in Group D, BK Häcken, who recently hosted Matilda Dylan Holmes, finished third by beating Portuguese team Benfica 1-0. All teams will play their reverse fixtures next weekend.