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Arsenal are battling for a draw with Juventus in the Champions League

Arsenal fought back and drew 1-1 with Juventus in a Champions League match in Turin.

The Gunners, having lost several players including injured England striker Beth Mead, were left behind early in the second half as Lineth Beerensteyn put Juventus ahead after a quick counter-attack.

Vivianne Miedema headed in from a corner to equalize just after the hour, but Jonas Eidevall’s men were unable to work out the winning goal.

Arsenal, who looked to extend their 100 per cent start, remain top of Group C, two points clear of Juventus and three points of Lyon who won 3-0 away to Zurich.

The Gunners got off to a positive start with Miedema leading the attack while Mead is ready for an extended pause after she tore her anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday’s Women’s Super League defeat to Manchester United.

Stina Blackstenius was played by Frida Maanum, but her overhead shot flew over the bar.

Juve goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, who spent several seasons with the Gunners, made a good save after Swedish striker Blackstenius was sent off again shortly before the break.

Arianna Caruso, on the other hand, sent the ball wide in first-half injury time.

Arsenal pressed again early in the second half as Australian Caitlin Foord tested Peyraud-Magnin before Lotte Wubben-Moy’s header was clear off the line.

But it was Juve who broke the deadlock in the 51st minute.

Dutch striker Beerensteyn broke through on the counter-attack ahead of Arsenal goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger.

Arsenal responded with an equalizer just after the hour when Miedema headed in from a corner.

Miedema sent in another shot at half-time and almost hit Foord on goal at half-time, but the Juventus defense held out.


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