Lotte Wubben-Moy struck an 89th-minute equaliser to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at residence to Wolfsburg within the first leg of their Girls’s Champions League quarter-final.
The Gunners, who stay in pursuit of the treble, appeared set for a slender defeat with Tabea Wassmuth’s first-half effort the distinction between the perimeters going into the latter levels.
Wubben-Moy proved the unlikely hero for the Girls’s Tremendous League leaders with solely her fifth aim for the membership to make sure there may be a lot to play for forward of subsequent week’s return assembly in Germany.
The Gunners have been nicely conscious of their opponent’s risk with Wolfsburg thrashing Chelsea by a 4-0 rating in December and a frantic begin occurred on the Emirates Stadium.
Beth Mead dragged an early effort broad earlier than Svenja Huth headed broad on the different finish of the pitch.
Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall had welcomed their alternative to play on the Emirates, however the guests went forward within the nineteenth minute.
Whereas Manuela Zinsberger was capable of deny Wassmuth’s preliminary effort, Wolfsburg have been capable of hold the transfer alive and the ahead headed residence Marie-Joelle Wedemeyer’s cross to interrupt the impasse.
The 2-time winners of the competitors have been within the temper now and Alexandra Popp may solely direct one other effort off track quickly after earlier than the hosts improved after the half an hour mark.
First Steph Catley loved extra pleasure out broad however Katie McCabe was unable to complete off the transfer and Mead noticed an effort saved within the thirty fourth minute by Almuth Schult following a wise flip.
There have been no additional probabilities earlier than the break however Arsenal ought to have levelled instantly after the restart when Vivianne Miedema dropped deep and despatched away Noelle Maritz, who was in a position to select Stina Blackstenius however the January recruit couldn’t convert on the again submit.
Blackstenius did have the ball behind the web with 50 minutes on the clock however the offside flag had already been raised and the house supporters’ temporary celebrations have been minimize brief.
Wolfsburg nearly inflicted extra distress on the hour mark however Wassmuth fired towards the submit when one-on-one and Jill Roord was additionally denied a aim towards her former membership by the woodwork.
An innocuous warning for Mead minutes later added extra frustration with the yellow card ruling the Arsenal attacker out of the second leg.
Eidevall waited till the 76th minute to make his first change, with Tobin Heath launched rather than McCabe.
Zinsberger, who had thwarted Wassmuth earlier than the substitution, continued to be the busier of the 2 goalkeepers with a save from Huth to maintain the deficit at one.
It might show essential with Arsenal capable of seize a deserved leveller a minute from time.
Substitute Heath fired a low ball into the world the place Wubben-Moy managed and drilled in to make sure there may be nothing to separate the groups going into the second leg on Thursday.
The Gunners for now flip their consideration again to the league with north London rivals Tottenham set to go to on Saturday.