Arsenal 1-1 Wolfsburg: Late Wubben-Moy strike saves Gunners in Champions League quarter-final first leg

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Arsenal had centre-back Lotte Wubben-Moy to thank on Wednesday as they snatched a late equaliser in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Wolfsburg.

The Gunners were perhaps the better of the two sides in the early exchanges. Stina Blackstenius and Beth Mead both found themselves in great positions to open the scoring, but neither could find a way past Almuth Schult in the Wolfsburg net.

However, it was the visitors who drew first blood 19 minutes in. Tabea Wassmuth’s initial effort was superbly saved by Manuela Zinsberger, but Wolfsburg recycled the play well and Wassmuth eventually found a way through with a nice header.

Before the first half was over, both teams would enjoy chances to add to the scoreline. Arsenal’s best came through Mead, who turned her defender well and really should have done better with her shot, which ended up in the grateful gloves of Schult.

The second half was played to a similar tune, with Jonas Eidevall’s side enjoying plenty of chances while also being kept at arm’s length by their stubborn visitors.

Blackstenius fluffed a great chance just two minutes in, before the Swede saw a goal chalked off for offside.

Arsenal had to ride their luck at times, with Wassmuth and former Gunner Jill Roord both striking the post within seconds of each other on the hour mark.

The equaliser eventually came with two minutes to go. Tobin Heath’s low drive landed at the feet of Wubben-Moy, who thrashed her effort past Schult and into the back of the net.

The goal sets up a fascinating second leg in Germany, although Arsenal will have to do without Mead, who will serve a suspension after picking up another yellow card.

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