Wolfsburg vs Arsenal Women's Champions League preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, starting line-ups
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Arsenal travel to the VfL Wolfsburg Arena on Thursday with the quarter-final poised at 1-1.
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A late Arsenal goal in the first leg means Wolfsburg welcome Arsenal to their men's stadium with the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final level at 1-1.
Arsenal had plenty of chances at their own men's stadium last Wednesday but for most of the game trailed to a header from Tabea Wassmuth, her competition-leading ninth of the campaign. In the 89th minute, though, childhood Arsenal fan and youth product Lotte Wubben-Moy struck, a big moment for a defender who might not have started had new signing Rafaelle Souza been fit. She, Caitlin Foord and Mana Iawbuchi are doubts for Thursday.
Wolfsburg, though, still know they will be through if they repeat the 2-1 win at their men's stadium against the Gunners in the second leg of the 2013 semi-finals, when Kim Little was on target for the visitors. Prolific striker Ewa Pajor is in the squad after a long injury absence.
Barcelona await the winners in the semi-finals.
Last six games (most recent result first): WDWWWW
Last match: Frankfurt 1-4 Wolfsburg, 26/03
Where they stand: 1st in Frauen Bundesliga, German Cup semi-finals
Last six games: DWWWWW
Last match: Arsenal 1-1 Wolfsburg, 23/03, UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals first leg
Where they stand: 1st in FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Cup semi-finals
Wolfsburg: Schult; Wilms, Hendrich, Janssen, Rauch; Roord, Lattwein, Obderdorf, Huth; Jónsdóttir, Wassmuth
Misses first leg of semi-finals if booked: Oberdorf
Arsenal: Zinsberger; Wubben-Moy, Williamson, Catley; Martiz, Little, Miedema, Maanum, McCabe; Blackstenius, Heath
Misses first leg of semi-finals if booked: Foord, Wälti
No away goals rule
The away goals rule no longer exists in UEFA club competition. If the tie is level after 90 minutes of the second legs, it will go to extra time and, if necessary, penalties.
View from the camps
Tommy Stroot, Wolfsburg coach: "We are prepared for everything, even if we don't know exactly what Arsenal are going to do. We know it's a knockout game, comparable to a DFB Cup game. We can actually delete the first-leg result because it starts at 0-0 and there can only be one winner. We already have a huge wealth of experience from the past season and can look back on many games in which we found answers to a wide variety of situations."
Jonas Eidevall, Arsenal manager: "It's very hard to reach the semi-finals in the most prestigious club tournament, but this is where we want to be; these are the games we want to play and prove ourselves in. Of course it's nine years since the club were last [in the semi-finals] and it was Wolfsburg who they were playing. We know it's going to be hard, but I 100% believe it's possible for us."
Where to watch
Every game in this season's new-look UEFA Women's Champions League from the group stage onwards is broadcast live in most territories on streaming platform DAZN, together with YouTube. The YouTube stream will also be embedded in the UEFA.com MatchCentre and on UEFA.tv for all UEFA Women's Champions League games, with highlights to follow at midnight CET.