Arsenal Women 4 – 0 Hoffenheim Women

Arsenal Women got their first points in this season’s Women’s Champions League, passing Hoffenheim 4-0 at Borehamwood on Thursday night.

Arsenal took the lead halfway through the first half with a penalty kick from Kim Little (21), before Tobin Heath doubled the lead at the perfect moment just before half-time with a finish in the second post (45 + 2).

The hosts didn’t slow down in the second half as Vivianne Miedema passed the ball over the line after a great job from Jordan Hobbs (52), while Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger made several excellent saves for keep the cage clean.

Leah Williamson put the icing on the cake with a near-corner post header (86), meaning the Gunners move up to second in Group C, tied on points with Hoffenheim after two games.

How Arsenal reached the first points in the WCL

After losing 4-1 to Barcelona in their opener, Arsenal couldn’t afford to lose ground to the top two spots in Group C, taking a deserved lead in the first half.

After Beth Mead was knocked down by Michaela Specht in the box, Little stepped in to send Hoffenheim goalkeeper Martina Tufekovic the wrong way.

Tobin Heath is congratulated by teammates after giving Arsenal a two-goal lead
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Tobin Heath is congratulated by teammates after giving Arsenal a two-goal lead

Arsenal wasted the beak for the remainder of the half, until the last minute when Miedema directed Nobbs cross into the path of Heath, who did well in returning the ball to the far corner at eight meters.

Jonas Eidevall’s side picked up where they left off, making it 3-0 just seven minutes into the second half; Nobbs’ brilliant curling effort for the first time from the edge of the box deserved better, but after Tufekovic knocked the ball over he fell on Miedema on the line to force the house.

Vivianne Miedema celebrates after putting Arsenal 3-0 against Hoffenheim
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Vivianne Miedema celebrates after putting Arsenal 3-0 against Hoffenheim

Hoffenheim had their fair share of chances – Sarai Linder led a big chance up and down, while Zinsberger saved superbly from Jule Brand twice, and Katie McCabe cleared another Linder header out of the line – but Williamson completed a brilliant personal performance with a goal late at.

Arriving at the near post to meet McCabe’s excellent corner kick, the defender squeezed the ball past Tufekovic.

And after?

Arsenal’s next WSL game is against West Ham at home on November 6 at 3 p.m., while they face Danish team HB Koge in their next Champions League group game on November 10 at 5:45 p.m.

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