Arsenal's players celebrate scoring
Arsenal scored three times in the second half to progress to the final of the first qualifying round

Arsenal beat Linkopings in the semi-final of the first round of Women’s Champions League qualifying.

The London side will face either Paris FC or Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih of Ukraine on Saturday for a place in the second round – the stage before the groups.

Alessia Russo, Amanda Ilestedt and Cloe Lacasse all made their Arsenal debuts.

All of the goals came in the second half in Sweden – Caitlin Foord and Lina Hurtig netted headers before Stina Blackstenius’s late third.

Arsenal, who had England international Beth Mead on the bench after nine months out with a knee injury, missed a host of chances, with Kim Little having an early penalty saved.

Paris and Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih play in the other semi-final of Arsenal’s section at 20:00 BST on Wednesday. Saturday’s final will also be in Linkopings.

The 2023-24 Women’s Super League season starts on 1 October, with Arsenal, who finished second last season, beginning their campaign against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.


Arsenal Women

  • 1Zinsberger
  • 15McCabeBooked at 68mins
  • 16MaritzSubstituted forCatleyat 61′minutes
  • 10LittleSubstituted forPelovaat 72′minutes
  • 28Ilestedt
  • 3Wubben-Moy
  • 19Foord
  • 12MaanumSubstituted forBeattieat 82′minutes
  • 13Wälti
  • 24LacasseSubstituted forHurtigat 61′minutes
  • 23RussoSubstituted forBlacksteniusat 61′minutes


  • 5Beattie
  • 7Catley
  • 9Mead
  • 14D’Angelo
  • 17Hurtig
  • 20Queiroz Costa
  • 21Pelova
  • 22Kühl
  • 25Blackstenius
  • 40Williams
  • 53Lia

Linköpings Women

  • 1Andersson
  • 18De JonghSubstituted forSavingat 88′minutes
  • 10Lennartsson
  • 21Lennartsson
  • 4ÖstlundSubstituted forBrennat 88′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17KarlssonSubstituted forBeardat 20′minutes
  • 29Momiki
  • 6Takarada
  • 23KapocsSubstituted forBjörkat 88′minutes
  • 9Tandberg
  • 22Selerud


  • 2Elofsson
  • 5Beard
  • 8Svedberg
  • 11Özdemir
  • 12Saving
  • 13Lundin
  • 14Abam
  • 15Björk
  • 16Brenn
  • 20Wiklund
  • 26Koss

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