Brilliant Arsenal Wallop Champions League holders Lyon



Arsenal laid down a stunning marker for their Women’s Champions League campaign by thumping holders Lyon in France.

Jonas Eidevall’s side comprehensively outplayed the European champions, taking a 2-0 lead with goals from Caitlin Foord and Frida Maanum.

Lyon pulled one back through Melvine Malard, however Beth Mead restored the two-goal advantage with a powerful free-kick.Quickfire second-half goals from Foord and Mead completed a brilliant win.

The victory gives Arsenal early control of Champions League Group C, while Juventus beat Zurich 2-0 in Wednesday night’s other fixture in the pool.

Yet it is the nature of the success which will send shockwaves through European women’s football.

Lyon had never lost by three or more goals in this competition, and had not conceded more than four in a game for 17 years before this home thrashing.

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