Arsenal hope for Champions League record after home draw with Ajax

Arsenal still have work to do to reach the group stage of the women’s Champions League after being held to a draw with Ajax on Tuesday.

The Gunners had fought back to take the lead in the first leg of their second-round qualifier at Meadow Park, but were pushed back by a late equalizer as the Dutch side drew 2–2.

Scottish champions Rangers must come from a 3-2 deficit to progress after being beaten by Benfica despite scoring twice from Kayla McCoy in a thriller at Ibrox.

Arsenal fell behind after 17 minutes at Boreham Wood to a Romee Leuchter shot but equalized just six minutes later with a Stina Blackstenius strike.

Kim Little then put the hosts ahead with a penalty just before the hour but Leuchter’s second of the night with seven minutes to go kept Ajax firmly tied.

Substitute Katie McCabe thought she had clinched a late win for Arsenal but her attempt was ruled out for offside.

Rangers, keen to reach the group stage for the first time, were involved in an eventful encounter in which McCoy took the lead after 25 minutes but Benfica struck back with a brace from Ana Vitoria.

McCoy reacted to equalize again, but the Portuguese, who also hit the woodwork twice, won it in the 79th minute when Victoria Esson failed to parry a ball that blocked a loop from Lisa Martinez. The winner was later credited to Benfica captain Pauleta.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/champions-league-arsenal-benfica-dutch-scottish-b2171594.html Arsenal hope for Champions League record after home draw with Ajax

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