Miedema injury overshadows Arsenal’s progress in the Women’s Champions League

Arsenal booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League despite a 1-0 defeat at Lyon on Thursday, in a game overshadowed by Vivianne Miedema, who suffered a potentially serious knee injury.

Gunners defender Frida Maanum slotted into her own net on the stroke of half-time to give the reigning champions victory at the Emirates Stadium, leaving both sides on 10 points in Group C.

Jonas Eidevall’s side knew they would qualify with anything less than a four-goal deficit after establishing a head-to-head advantage by hammering Lyon 5-1 away in October.

However, the sight of a distressed Miedema leaving the field on a stretcher after appearing to catch his knuckles in the turf will be cause for concern.

Miedema – the Champions League’s top scorer in the 2016-17 and 2019-20 campaigns – has hit the net twice in the competition this season.

In Group C’s second game, a four-goal haul from Cristiana Girelli helped Juventus capitalize on Irina Pando’s red card in a 5-0 win over Zurich, setting up a winner-takes-all meeting with Lyon next week.

Meanwhile, Barcelona and Bayern Munich both secured qualification from Group D, with the Spanish champions doing so in emphatic fashion with a 6-2 drubbing of Benfica.

Bayern joined them in collecting the goals with a 4-0 win at Rosengard as Georgia Stanway joined Tainara, Sydney Lohmann and Julia Landenberger on the scoresheet.

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