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Late Lotte goal gives Arsenal hope

Arsenal will go into the second leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League quarter final tie with VfL Wolfsburg on level terms after a late equaliser brought them a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal started on the front foot against their experienced opponents, twice winners of the competition and playing in their tenth consecutive quarter final, but it was Wolfsburg who took the lead with practically their first attack of the game.

Tabea Wassmuth found space in the Arsenal area and although her initial shot was well saved by Manuela Zinsberger, Joelle Wedemeyer returned the ball into the box and this time Wassmuth was able to head home.

Alexandra Popp missed a good opportunity to make it two when she sent a free header over the bar but it was Arsenal who were to go close next with a Katie McCabe header which was scrambled away.

Stina Blackstenius had a goal disallowed for offside and Beth Mead dragged a shot wide as Arsenal sought an equaliser but at the other end, Wolfsburg twice struck the posts with efforts from goalscorer Wassmuth and former Gunners striker Jill Roord.

It looked as though the night would end in frustration for Arsenal but with just over a minute left to play, Tobin Heath's free kick into the area was well controlled and finished off by Lotte Wubben-Moy to earn her side a draw on the night.

The second leg will be played at the Volkswagen Arena next Thursday night (31st March).

Elsewhere, holders Barcelona look to be on their way to the last four when they came from behind to win 3-1 away to Real Madrid. Olga Carmona got Real off to the perfect start when she opened the scoring after eight minutes but a second half double from Alexia Putellas, either side of a goal from substitute Claudia Pina, has put Barca in a commanding position.

Juventus produced the most notable result when they beat Olympique Lyonnais 2-1. Catarina Macario put Lyon ahead early on but the former winners will have work to do in the return leg after Juve netted twice in the last twenty minutes through Cristiana Girelli and Agnese Bonfantini.

There was better news for the other French side, Paris Saint-Germain as they won 2-1 away to Bayern Munich. Marie-Antoinette Katoto scored a goal in each half to give PSG an advantage going into the second leg, although Klara Buhl did give Bayern hope when she pulled one back with six minutes remaining.