Arsenal to face Wolfsburg in Women’s Champions League quarter-finals

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Arsenal advanced in the Women’s Champions League despite a heavy defeat to Hoffenheim  (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Arsenal advanced in the Women’s Champions League despite a heavy defeat to Hoffenheim (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal will face Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League.

Jonas Eidevall’s side meet German opposition at home in the first leg of their last-eight tie after the draw was conducted in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday afternoon.

Arsenal progressed through to the knockout stages of the revamped competition despite a pair of heavy defeats by dominant holders Barcelona and a shock 4-1 loss at Hoffenheim in the final round of Group C fixtures.

The Gunners - who conceded three goals in the space of five second-half minutes - still advanced on goal difference despite that upset in Germany, with Hoffenheim needing to win by five or more to go through as runners-up instead.

Arsenal beat Hoffenheim 4-0 at home in October and also put eight goals past Danish side Koge in two straightforward victories, having initially made the group stage courtesy of qualifying wins over Kazakh outfit Okzhetpes, PSV and Slavia Prague.

They now face a Wolfsburg team that topped Group A ahead of Juventus, with a 4-0 demolition of Chelsea last week knocking the belated treble winners out of the competition.

Wolfsburg scored 17 goals and lost only once - a 2-0 home reverse against Juventus - during the group phase, drawing 3-3 with Chelsea at Kingsmeadow.

Managed by Tommy Stroot, they finished second in the Frauen-Bundesliga last term and currently sit just two points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich with a game in hand.

The victors of a showdown between arch-rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid will await the winners of Arsenal-Wolfsburg in the semi-finals.

A Juventus team managed by ex-Arsenal boss Joe Montemurro will face seven-time winners Lyon in the last eight, while Bayern take on Paris Saint-Germain.

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