Highlights: Arsenal 2-0 Fiorentina



Fiorentina Women’s FC slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal Ladies on Thursday evening as their elimination from the Women’s Champions League at the Round of 32 stage was confirmed in London.

A Kim Little penalty on 43 minutes gave the Gunners a 1-0 lead at half time at Meadow Park, before Vivianne Miedema completed the scoring on 74 minutes to wrap up a 6-0 aggregate win for the reigning English champions.

“We know it was going to be difficult against Arsenal, who are a very strong side in every respect, but I’m happy because we showed our mentality tonight by fighting for every ball,” said coach Antonio Cincotta after the game. “Arsenal are probably one of the best teams in Europe but instead of hanging back we tried to overturn the deficit tonight. I want to thank the fans: not just the ones that came here tonight to support us despite the first-leg result, but also all those how came to the Franchi to see us.”

“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but we wanted to show what we can do,” said Valery Vigilucci. “We started the game differently tonight and played well. They didn’t have many chances but we weren’t able to take advantage of ours. If you take away those two moments, a draw would have been a fair result.

“Obviously 4-0 was a difficult result to overturn, but we went out there to go for it and do better than we did in the first leg,” said Janni Arnth, who joined Fiorentina from Arsenal in the summer. “I think we did that. It was a good performance from us and we were just lacking the goal. It would have been a different game if we’d had ten league matches under our belts. We go home knowing we fought until the end. We’ll work on the little things and take the positives from this match.”

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