Arsenal Women cruise to dominant 5-1 win over Danish side HB Koge with five goals from five different scorers to sit second behind Barcelona in Group C
- Nikita Parris saw a penalty saved early on but doubled the lead on 62 minutes
- Steph Catley scored the breakthrough goal from clipped free-kick from 20 yards
- Caitlin Foord, Anna Patten and Jordan Nobbs sealed the win in the second-half
- Maddie Pokorny scored Koge’s first-ever Women’s Champions League goal
Arsenal Women cruised to a 5-1 victory in the Champions League over Danish side HB Koge, who are winless in the competition so far this term.
The win takes Jonas Eidevall’s side to second in Group C, three points behind defending champions Barcelona, while Koge are shackled to rock bottom after three consecutive defeats.
Nikita Parris saw a penalty saved early in the first half as Koge goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese guessed correctly and blocked to her right.
But Parris redeemed herself as she won a free-kick around 20 yards from the Koge goal to tee up Arsenal’s breakthrough goal. Australian defender Steph Catley clipped it over the home wall right into the top right corner to open the scoring.
The England forward looked the most dangerous player on the pitch and found the net with a strike of her own in the second-half.
The game seemed over when Caitlin Foord added a third with just over 20 minutes left to play. The Australian forward nodded home after Jordan Nobbs’ shot rebounds the bar.
Koge clawed one back through Maddie Pokorny. The American waltzed through the visitors’ defence and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner, scoring Koge’s first-ever Women’s Champions League goal. But Arsenal finished with a flourish as Anna Patten and Nobbs struck for the Gunners to put them 5-1 up.
Arsenal dominated the group game to beat HB Koge 5-1 in the women’s Champions League
Steph Catley scored after clipping a free kick over the home wall right into the top right corner
England forward Nikita Parris (left) looked the most dangerous player on the pitch
Anna Patten helped Arsenal cruise in control after clipping the ball into the top left corner
Jordan Nobbs scores the Gunner’s fifth goal with a low drive into the bottom left corner