What to expect on Matchday 3 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League | UEFA Women’s Champions League
The UEFA Women’s Champions League group stage resumes on Wednesday 23 November with two highly anticipated fixtures. We preview the action.
The first two confrontations
Coincidentally, in the four groups, the current top two meet over the next two matchdays. In Group A, Chelsea, who made a surprise group outing last season, may have been the choice of the 16 clubs so far with their 1-0 victory in Paris and 8-0 dismantling of Vllaznia. However, they face a Real Madrid side who are only two points behind and have already represented Manchester City in the first round. Madrid also boast of their City signing, Caroline Weir, who scored twice in her former side’s 3-1 League Cup final. defeat to Chelsea in March.
Also on Wednesday, debutants Roma and two-time champions Wolfsburg both put perfect Group B records on the line as the Italian side showed fine form in Serie A this season and produced a remarkable comeback for beat St. Pölten 4-3 on the 2nd day. They also beat Juventus on penalties to win the Italian Super Cup on November 5.
Two other teams who are yet to drop points face off against Barcelona on Thursday, on 13 Group D goals already and now return to Camp Nouhoping to repeat their 2018/19 semi-final loss to Bayern, who maintained their 100 per cent start by coming from behind to beat Benfica 3-2 on the second day. Georgia Stanway restored parity in the 83rd minute at Seixal before scoring the winner in injury time.
Finally, Juventus manager Joe Montemurro takes on his former club Arsenal, who are two points clear in Group C. One would have expected the two to battle it out for second place behind Lyon, but Arsenal won 5-1 away against the defending champions and Juve drew 1-1 when OL traveled to Turin.
Lyon and Paris in search of recovery
That Lyon and Paris are catching up in their groups is a huge surprise. Lyon, who won their eighth title last season, are three points behind second place in Group C after suffering that historic loss to Arsenal and then giving up a half-time lead against Juventus, with the likes of Ada Hegerberg, Griedge Mbock Bathy, Ellie Carpenter. , Catarina Macario and Sara Däbritz all ruled out.
Lyon visits Zürich, which they have scored 24 goals in his previous three European appearances. However, Juventus and Arsenal struggled to break down a very well organized Zurich side under Inka Grings.
Paris went from scoring 25 unanswered in their perfect six group wins last season to be without a goal or victory in Group A so far. They will be looking to put things right against Albanian frontrunners Vllaznia, who learned a hard lesson at Chelsea in their first away game. Paris, however, have not been at their incisive best in the absence of Marie-Antoinette Katoto, despite the arrival of Lieke Martens and helpful contributions from Kadidiatou Diani and Grace Geyoro.
When are the other matches in the Women’s Champions League group stage?
Matchday 4: 7/8 December
Matchday 5: 15/16 December
Matchday 6: 21/22 December
• One of the Slavia or St. Pölten players will score their first group points against Mladá Boleslav, but both will regret not doing so against Roma. Benfica and Rosengård are also hoping to emerge from the pack, both of whom were comfortably beaten by Barcelona and gave up the lead against Bayern.
• As is customary in UEFA club competition home and away groups, these Matchday 3 fixtures will be reversed in a fortnight, kicking off an eventful conclusion where the final three sets will be played midweek consecutive.
Where is the 2023 UEFA Women’s Champions League final being played?
PSV Stadium Eindhoven will host the 2023 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final at 18:00 CET on Saturday 3 June.
Inaugurated in 1910, the 35,000 capacity arena has long hosted major matches, including the 1978 (return) and 2006 UEFA Cup finals, the second leg of the 1988 UEFA Super Cup and three UEFA EURO 2000 matches.
On 6 April 2018, 30,238 fans watched as the Netherlands beat Northern Ireland on their way to the FIFA Women’s World Cup, a record crowd for any UEFA women’s qualifier. On 2 June 2019, a then Dutch women’s football attendance record of 30,640 saw the Netherlands take on Australia in a friendly match at the stadium.
Comments are closed.