Arsenal Women 0 – 1 Lyon Women

Arsenal qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals despite losing 1-0 to Lyon on a bittersweet night which also saw Vivianne Miedema stretchered off in tears.

Frida Maanum’s own-goal just before half-time was enough to give eight-times winners Lyon victory but it is the injury to Miedema which will be of most concern to Group C leaders Arsenal, who needed only to avoid a four-goal defeat to qualify.

The WSL’s all-time leading goalscorer was attended to by medical staff for several minutes in stoppage time at the end of the first half before being taken off with her leg fully strapped up.

“She was in a lot of distress,” Rachel Corsie, who was watching for Sky Sports News, said. “It looks to be a bad one.”

Miedema, 26, had scored in her last four consecutive matches before Thursday, having recently returned from a leave of absence to “rest and recharge”.

Lyon and Juventus are set for a winner-takes-all crunch match in the final round of Group C fixtures on December 21.

More to follow.

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