Arsenal 4-0 Hoffenheim: Eidevall’s side gets their Women’s Champions League campaign back on track
Arsenal 4-0 Hoffenheim: Eidevall’s side gets their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign back on track as Vivianne Miedema replenishes her growing roster
- Arsenal get their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign back on track
- They suffered a 4-1 defeat to Barcelona last week but defeated Hoffenheim
- Goals from Little, Heath, Miedema and Williamson saw them win the match 4-0
- Miedema has now scored 24 times in her last 17 UEFA competition appearances
Four moments of quality saw Arsenal off goal in their Champions League group with a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim.
The Gunners weren’t at their best against a spirited German side, but as was so often the case, their clinical lead in front of goal made this win a more comfortable one than in the 90th minute.
Hoffenheim are a young squad still growing on the European stage and if 18-year-old Jule Brand’s performance has anything to offer, the future looks bright for Gabor Gallai’s side.
Arsenal got their UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign back on track on Thursday
The more experienced Gunners were worthy winners on the night and back-to-back games against Danish side HB Koge give them the chance to put themselves in a strong position for their re-match with Barcelona on December 9.
The Gunners were beaten 4-1 by the European champions last week and knew they had to take three points in their first home game in Group C.
But it was Hoffenheim who almost took an early lead in the second minute. A cross from Jule Brand in the penalty area was not processed and the ball fell kindly to Nicole Billa, but she could only shoot wide from close range.
But Arsenal grew into the game and were awarded a penalty 20 minutes into the game when Beth Mead was caught by Michaele Specht’s hind leg. Kim Little stepped up and sent the dot past Martina Tufekovic to the bottom right corner.
Goals from Little, Heath, Miedema and Williamson saw them beat Hoffenheim 4-0
Vivianne Miedema has now scored 24 times in her last 17 UEFA competition appearances
Eidevall’s side scored 19 goals in five league games, but their decision-making in the final third was sometimes lacking in the first 45 minutes. Leah Williamson did well to win the ball back and drive it through the middle, but her through ball to Tobin Heath was just behind the American, who was forced to go wide before sending a cross into Tufekovic’s gloves.
But the Gunners found their rhythm at the perfect moment, as a slick team move saw them double their lead just before half-time. Vivianne Miedema headed a cross from Katie McCabe on the back post to Heath and the winger finished with a half volley into the far corner.
Manuela Zinsberger was called into action at the start of the second half when substitute Gia Corley fired a fierce effort at goal, but the Arsenal goalkeeper was against it.
Miedema and McCabe (above) were all responsible for providing assists on Thursday evening
Manager Jonas Eidevall will be happy as they lost 4-1 to Barcelona last week
That early warning brought the hosts back to life and almost immediately they grabbed their third goal. Jordan Nobbs’ curling attempt was pushed into the air by Tufekovic and Miedema was on hand to get the ball chest into the back of the net from a meter away.
The visitors should have withdrawn a goal just after the hour when Brand received a teasing cross from the left, but Sarai Linder was only able to head her header over the crossbar.
Hoffenheim would have been worth a goal, especially with Brand putting in an impressive performance at Meadow Park. Her deflected shot was tipped off first by Zinsberger. Linder then got a header off the line before Zinsberger again denied Brand with another smart stop.
In the end, it was the home team that scored a goal before the final whistle. McCabe’s corner found Williamson near the nearest post and the central defender sent a ball head past Tufekovic.
The result puts Arsenal in second place in Group C, three points behind leader Barca.
The result puts Arsenal second in Group C, three points behind leaders Barcelona