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Vivianne Miedema suffers serious injury in women’s Champions League defeat

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Arsenal striker Vivianne Miedema was carried off on a stretcher with a serious injury concern during her side’s 1-0 defeat at home to Lyon.

The French side left the Emirates Stadium with all three points in their women’s Champions League group stage match.

Now qualified for the quarter-finals thanks to a better head-to-head record against Lyon, Arsenal can top Group C with a win against pointless Zurich next Wednesday. But their short-term focus will be on a potentially serious injury to star striker Miedema.

During the break in the first half, the Dutch player, 26, reached for the ball and landed awkwardly on her knee with no opposition players in the immediate vicinity.

In visible pain, she left the match in tears and was followed down the tunnel by Beth Mead, the injured Arsenal winger who is currently on crutches after rupturing her ACL last month.

Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall told reporters: “I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to Viv or the doctor. But right now, it’s taking a lot of my thoughts, I’m very worried. I’m sorry that I haven’t any update on that situation.”

Lyon had started brightly, with Delphine Cascarino looking to stretch the home backline. Arsenal went close from a corner in the 24th minute when Lotte Wubben-Moy headed over.

Lyon took the lead in first-half stoppage time when a free-kick deep into Arsenal’s penalty area was nodded across the six-yard box by Cascarino and Frida Maanum diverted the ball into the net for an own goal.

Brazilian defender Rafaelle Souza came on to replace Miedema in the second half, with England captain Leah Williamson pushed into a midfield role. Arsenal got off to a positive start when McCabe got into the right side of the penalty area and fired in a low, angled drive that Lyon goalkeeper Christiane Endler kept at her near post.

At the other end, Lyon substitute Eugenie Le Sommer fired a Cascarino cut straight at Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.

The Gunners continued to press for an equalizer but were unable to break open a determined Lyon defensive line. In the final minute, Lina Hurtig saw her shot cleared off the line following a corner, with Lyon keeper Endler then making an important save at her near post from Stina Blackstenius’ follow-up effort.

Additional reporting from PA.

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