You might break this recreation into two components – the first hour, and last half-hour. Arsenal dominated the first hour, however could not discover the again of the web. Korpela was impressed, notably within the first half, and made her first telling contribution with solely 40 seconds on the clock, making herself massive to block at close vary from Beth Mead. Miedema additionally had an early sight of aim, dragged vast, and Korpela was proper behind a fierce drive from 20 yards.
The save of the sport arrived on 27 minutes, when Mead’s free-kick from the left angle appeared destined for the highest nook, just for the slightest of fingertips to divert it onto the underside of the crossbar, the left put up and out to security.
Always comfy in possession, we virtually broke a few instances, however Arsenal continued to create probabilities. Maeva Clemaron took Freda Maanum’s shot full within the face, Katie McCabe’s drive clipped the highest of the crossbar, Kim Little drilled straight at Korpela and Shelina Zadorski made an enormous block in entrance of aim to deny Miedema in added time as we went in goalless at half-time.
The begin of the second half adopted an analogous sample, though it was noticeable that we might began to commit extra gamers ahead. Korpela made one other excellent save to preserve out Mead from point-blank vary on 53 minutes, Miedema blasted over and was then denied by Neville’s goal-saving block in entrance of aim. Maanum’s snapshot was taken by Korpela on 61 minutes – and that was the final of Arsenal’s probabilities till harm time.
We have been rising as an attacking menace and it got here as no shock that we took the lead on 65 minutes. Simon picked out Kit Graham, her shot was parried by Manuela Zinsberger into the trail of Williams, whose first shot was blocked by the goalkeeper however by way of sheer need, Williams received to the unfastened ball and bundled residence.
We have been now in management and may actually have doubled the lead on 71 minutes. A nook was labored brief, Clemaron received the header, Zadorsky’s shot was palmed away by Zinsberger and fell to Neville, six yards out, however she lifted the ball over the empty internet.
We continued to push. Simon’s volley from 22 yards fizzed simply vast with Zinsberger rooted to the spot after which substitute Angela Addison broke into the field from the appropriate and angled her effort throughout Zinsberger and simply vast.
There was all the time going to be one final surge from Arsenal, and they piled ahead as we ticked into 5 minutes of added time. Zadorsky made one other massive block however from McCabe’s nook, Miedema rose and powered residence the equaliser. That was a pity, however should not take the shine off a advantageous show.