Lotte Wubben-Moy struck an 89th-minute equaliser to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at house to Wolfsburg within the first leg of their Ladies’s Champions League quarter-final.
The Gunners, who stay in pursuit of the treble, appeared set for a slim defeat with Tabea Wassmuth’s first-half effort the distinction between the perimeters going into the latter phases.
Wubben-Moy proved the unlikely hero for the Ladies’s Tremendous League leaders with solely her fifth objective for the membership to make sure there may be loads to play for forward of subsequent week’s return assembly in Germany.
The Gunners had been effectively conscious of their opponent’s menace with Wolfsburg thrashing Chelsea by a 4-0 rating in December and a frantic begin occurred on the Emirates Stadium.
Beth Mead dragged an early effort vast earlier than Svenja Huth headed vast on the different finish of the pitch.
Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall had welcomed their alternative to play on the Emirates, however the guests went forward within the nineteenth minute.
Whereas Manuela Zinsberger was capable of deny Wassmuth’s preliminary effort, Wolfsburg had been capable of preserve the transfer alive and the ahead headed house Marie-Joelle Wedemeyer’s cross to interrupt the impasse.
The 2-time winners of the competitors had been within the temper now and Alexandra Popp might solely direct one other effort off track quickly after earlier than the hosts improved after the half an hour mark.
First Steph Catley loved extra pleasure out vast however Katie McCabe was unable to complete off the transfer and Mead noticed an effort saved within the thirty fourth minute by Almuth Schult following a wise flip.
There have been no additional possibilities earlier than the break however Arsenal ought to have levelled instantly after the restart when Vivianne Miedema dropped deep and despatched away Noelle Maritz, who was in a position to pick Stina Blackstenius however the January recruit couldn’t convert on the again publish.
Blackstenius did have the ball behind the web with 50 minutes on the clock however the offside flag had already been raised and the house supporters’ transient celebrations had been lower quick.
Wolfsburg virtually inflicted extra distress on the hour mark however Wassmuth fired in opposition to the publish when one-on-one and Jill Roord was additionally denied a objective in opposition to her former membership by the woodwork.
An innocuous warning for Mead minutes later added extra frustration with the yellow card ruling the Arsenal attacker out of the second leg.
Eidevall waited till the 76th minute to make his first change, with Tobin Heath launched rather than McCabe.
Zinsberger, who had thwarted Wassmuth earlier than the substitution, continued to be the busier of the 2 goalkeepers with a save from Huth to maintain the deficit at one.
It might show essential with Arsenal capable of seize a deserved leveller a minute from time.
Substitute Heath fired a low ball into the world the place Wubben-Moy managed and drilled in to make sure there may be nothing to separate the groups going into the second leg on Thursday.
The Gunners for now flip their consideration again to the league with north London rivals Tottenham set to go to on Saturday.