Ajax 0-1 Arsenal LIVE! Miedema goal - Women’s Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Arsenal booked their spot in the group stages of the Women’s Champions League with a 1-0 win at Ajax.

The tie was finely poised after last week’s 2-2 draw in London, but Vivianne Miedema gave the Gunners victory in Amsterdam, sealing a 3-2 aggregate victory.

The Gunners put in an acomplished display in stormy conditions in the Dutch capital and could have led in the opening 20 minutes but Stina Blackstenius shot straight at the Ajax goalkeeper.

Miedema showed her class and settled any nerves six minutes into the second half as she struck home in style, finding the corner from 20 yards after a dynamic drive towards goal.

The Dutchwoman could have added a second soon after but her shot was well saved by Lize Kop.

The Gunners had a scare in the final 20 minutes when Tiny Hoekstra stabbed wide from close range after good work by Nadine Noordam.

But Jonas Eidevall’s side survived and put their name in the hat for Monday’s group stage draw.

Ajax vs Arsenal latest news

  • GOAL! Miedema puts Gunners ahead with a fine finish

  • Kick-off time and venue: 6pm BST, Sportcomplex De Toekomst

  • Live stream: Arsenal’s official website or app

  • Prediction: Arsenal to win 3-1

  • Confirmed Arsenal lineup

  • Confirmed Ajax lineup

FT: Ajax 0-1 Arsenal (2-3 agg)

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Arsenal have done it! They’re through to the Champions League proper!

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Injury worry

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90:00 - Mead clashes heads with an Ajax defender and is forced off.

Shutting up shop

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Risky play from Arsenal

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74:00 - Dropping deeper and deeper here. While defensively sound all evening, it’s going to make for a long last 15 minutes or so.

CHANCE FOR AJAX!

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71:00 - Noordam crosses for Hoekstra, though she cannot connect.

CHANCE FOR ARSENAL!

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69:00 - Mead tees up Weinroither, though Kopp saves well.

Here comes Beth Mead!

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Ajax look out of ideas

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63:00 - While Ajax have certainly proven capable of shocking Arsenal late on before, they look short of ideas as things stand. Yet to truly test Zinsberger.

CHANCE FOR ARSENAL!

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58:00 - Miedema forces Kopp down to her left after ghosting through into the penalty area. For a player of her quality, you’d perhaps expect more.

How will Ajax respond?

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55:00 - The onus is on home the side now, which should free up space for Arsenal in attacking areas.

GOAL! Ajax 0-1 Arsenal | Vivianne Miedema ‘50

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50:00 - Who need a proper way through when you’ve got Vivianne Miedema?

Classy finish from outside the box puts the visitors ahead!

Arsenal intense

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49:00 - The press is high from Arsenal as they look to stop Ajax from building from the back. Still struggling to find a clear way through, however.

Back underway!

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Can Arsenal find a way through? Big 45 ahead.

Big 45 minutes ahead

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Surely it won’t be too long until we see Mead? The game is crying out for something different.

HT: Ajax 0-0 Arsenal (2-2)

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All square!

Into added time

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45:00 - A cagey first-half is about to come to an end, with neither side going close.

Blow for Arsenal

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CHANCE FOR ARSENAL!

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35:00 - Blackstenius gets a shot off after good work from McCabe to free her in the box but the effort is too tame to cause much trouble.

Risky play from Arsenal

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34:00 - Caitly with a poor ball back almost catches Zinsberger out, though the Arsenal ‘keeper clears lines.

Rafaelle ok to continue

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32:00 - Luckily for Arsenal, their new defender is ok to continue.

Arsenal injury worry

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30:00 - Rafaelle need treatment with an ankle problem after a clash with Grant.

Very tight game

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29:00 - Arsenal bossing the possesion but cannot find a way through the Ajax defence. The hosts, meanwhile, have looked a threat on the counter.

A cagey opening half an hour or so.

Miedema seeing more of the ball

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23:00 - That can only mean good things for Arsenal, with the Dutch star dropping deep to free McCabe and Weinrother, albeit Ajax are standing strong.

Sweeper keeper

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18:00 - Zinsberger comes rushing out to pressure Grant, who had turned the Arsenal defence. Brilliant play.

Half-chances for Arsenal

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17:00 - Arsenal opening up, with Foord’s cross just behind her teammates before Weinrother’s snap shot hits the side netting.

Eidevall instructions

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14:00 - “Try and keep them on the left side” belows the Arsenal boss.

Storms raging

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11:00 - A very dramatic scene on the outskirts of Amsterdam with the rain starting to pour and the ominous sound of thunder in the air.

The dangers of a high line

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06:00 - Rafaelle does well to get back but Arsenal’s high line is almost exposed on the turnover.

Walti on the ball

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05:00 - Excellent footwork sees Ajax bring her down.

Ajax move up the field

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04:00 - Some brilliant defensive play from Little sees Ajax win two corners in quick-succession, though Arsenal clear with relative ease.

Vocal support

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02:00 - Some very loud’Red Army’ shouts below out, with Arsenal largely dominating the ball in the opening stages.

Good play from Arsenal

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01:00 - Little asking early questions of the Ajax defence, getting in-behind and playing a clever through ball to Foord, although the home side quickly clear.

KICK-OFF

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We’re underway!

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Warm-ups underway

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Confirmed Ajax lineup

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Ajax arrive

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Confirmed Arsenal lineup

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Eidevall eyeing Champions League glory

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“The Champions League is about playing against the best, to be challenged. We will do our very best in order to get to the group stage,” said the Arsenal boss.

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Beth Mead interview: ‘I’ll ride high on Euros win for rest of my life’

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A north London derby, a 4-0 win, a WSL attendance record and, all being well, the promise of five more Emirates Stadium matches to come before the season is out.

As starters go, this one was fairly meaty, the kind that would have you glancing nervously at the set menu as the plates were cleared, doubtful of having the stomach for the delights to come, were it not, of course, for the fact that the collective appetite for women’s football has never been greater.

Beth Mead, certainly, did not hesitate to indulge, opening the scoring after just five minutes (“I should have scored two minutes earlier”) and then departing once it was complete to a half-lap of honour, a slow-motion Mexican wave of adulation as chairs flipped up and the Emirates rose in ritual salute of its European Champion, confirming its wholesale indoctrination into the cult of Meado.

“I knew people would wind me up, saying I was milking it!” Mead tells Standard Sport, though the moment was actually the product of some pernickety officiating.

You can read the full interview here!

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Williamson: Euro 2022 glory has fired me up to win things at Arsenal

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England captain Leah Williamson says going all the way at Euro 2022 has made her hungry to win major honours with Arsenal.

Williamson led England to glory this summer on home soil, with the Lionesses claiming their first-ever major trophy in women’s football.

The centre-back (right) is now turning her attention to domestic matters, as Arsenal kick off their Women’s Super League season against Brighton tonight.

Arsenal lost the title on the final day of last season, with Chelsea pipping them to first place by one point, and Williamson is determined to finish on top this time.

Read the full story here!

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Arsenal run riot over Spurs as WSL attendance record smashed in derby

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This could be a very good week for Arsenal, having already put rivals Tottenham to the sword in front of a record crowd.

Arsenal produced a dominant performance to brush aside rivals Tottenham in a record-breaking north London derby.

A highest-ever Women’s Super League (WSL) crowd of 47,367 was on hand to watch a thoroughly one-sided contest at the Emirates Stadium, with a brace from Vivienne Miedema and further goals from Euro 2022 hero Beth Mead and Rafaelle Souza securing a second successive 4-0 victory to begin the delayed campaign for Jonas Eidevall’s Gunners.

Read the full match report here!

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Eidevall sends Ajax message

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Speaking to the club’s official website, the Arsenal boss said: “I thought they [Ajax] played with a lot of confidence when we played them last week, and I’m under no illusion that this game will be anything else. Like, it will be a hard game. We will need to be very good.

“Away games in Europe are tough, especially when we’re playing against a good team like Ajax. So, we will need to be good in all aspects of the game. If we can be that, I believe we can go through. But it’s up to us to reach that level.”

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Prediction

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Last week’s late disappointment aside, Arsenal are in excellent form and have more than enough experience to qualify for the Champions League this evening.

Arsenal to win 3-1.

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Arsenal team news

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Manager Jonas Eidevall that a full squad has traveled to the Dutch capital this evening, meaning Arsenal have no fresh injury concerns.

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Where to watch Ajax vs Arsenal

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Live stream: The game will be broadcast for free on Arsenal’s website and official app.

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Welcome

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Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Arsenal’s Champions League play-off with Ajax tonight.

Kick-off inside the Sportcomplex De Toekomst is at 6pm BST.

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