Joe Montemurro manager of Arsenal Women Arsenal Women v Manchester City Women, FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Final football match, Bramall Lane Stadium, Sheffield, UK - 23 Feb 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Arsenal crash out of the Champions League in San Sebastian

Arsenal have crashed out of the 2019/2020 UEFA Women’s Champions League at the quarter-final stage after being defeated 2-1 by Paris Saint-Germain at the Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian this evening.

Joe Montemurro’s side fell behind early on in Spain and while Beth Mead did level matters late in the first half, there was a late blow as Signe Bruun netted a winner for Paris Saint-Germain.

Disaster struck after just 15 minutes for Arsenal when Marie-Antoinette Katoto fired home for Paris Saint-Germain from a Nadia Nadim corner kick.

The Gunners could have equalised two minutes later but captain Kim Little failed to find the target with a shot from inside the area.

Arsenal were to go into the break on level terms when Mead netted an equaliser six minutes before half-time. Kim Little’s inch-perfect pass found the England international forward and she steered the ball home, a cool finish from the 25-year-old.

The second half saw Montemurro’s side come under some pressure as Paris Saint-Germain looked to find the game’s decisive third goal. The Gunners put in some brave blocks but their resistance was eventually broken 13 minutes from time when Bruun converted a Katoto cross.

The French side went close to extending their lead at the death but Arsenal keeper Manuela Zinsberger saved efforts from Katoto and Paulina Dudek as the scoreline remained 2-1.

Paris Saint-Germain will now face Division 1 Feminine rivals Lyon in the semi-finals of the competition on Wednesday.

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