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Oshoala helps Barcelona down Arsenal

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Asisat Oshoala was the BBC’s first Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2015

Arsenal lost for the first time since February as Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala haunted her old club in their Women’s Champions League Group C opener.

Mariona Caldentey scored the rebound from an Oshoala shot for the first.

Nigerian Oshoala ran down the right wing and squared it for Alexia Putellas to slot home and added a third herself from a sublime Mariona through ball.

Frida Maanum bundled in a consolation for the visitors before Lieke Martens chipped in Barca’s fourth.

Putellas should have made it 5-1 deep into stoppage time but her penalty was saved by Manuela Zinsberger.

Oshoala, 26, played for Arsenal from March 2016 to February 2017, helping them to win the FA Cup, and did not celebrate her goal at the Johan Cruyff Stadium.

It took Arsenal 55 minutes to have a shot, with Vivianne Miedema’s weak effort rolling straight to goalkeeper Sandra Panos.

The Gunners did create more chances as the game wore on with Nikita Parris having a shot cleared off the line shortly before Maanum struck.

Jonas Eidevall’s Gunners were one of the form teams in Europe coming into the game, with eight wins from eight games in all competitions this season, scoring at least three in each match.

They were unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions, going back to February.

Unfortunately for them, Barcelona had also won all their matches this season – five in the league – and this was the first time they hit fewer than five goals in a game.

Barca showed why they will be tough to stop this season and should definitely have extended that scoring run, ending with 35 shots, 14 on target.

Line-ups

Barcelona Femenino

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Paños
  • 8Torrejón
  • 2ParedesBooked at 46mins
  • 4León
  • 18CrnogorcevicSubstituted forRolföat 77′minutes
  • 14Bonmatí
  • 12Guijarro
  • 11Putellas
  • 7Hansen
  • 20OshoalaSubstituted forMartensat 71′minutes
  • 9CaldenteySubstituted forVilamalaat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fernández
  • 5Serrano
  • 6Pina
  • 10Hermoso
  • 13Coll
  • 15Ouahabi
  • 16Rolfö
  • 17Pereira
  • 19Vilamala
  • 22Martens
  • 23Engen
  • 24Font

Arsenal Women

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 16Maritz
  • 6Williamson
  • 5Beattie
  • 7Catley
  • 13WältiSubstituted forNobbsat 71′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10LittleSubstituted forIwabuchiat 79′minutes
  • 12Maanum
  • 9MeadBooked at 51minsSubstituted forHeathat 55′minutes
  • 11MiedemaSubstituted forFoordat 56′minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 15McCabeBooked at 35minsSubstituted forParrisat 56′minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 4Patten
  • 8Nobbs
  • 14Parris
  • 18Williams
  • 19Foord
  • 22Schnaderbeck
  • 23Iwabuchi
  • 28Cull
  • 77Heath

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