Arsenal Women have qualified for the Champions League group stage after their 3-2 aggregate win over Ajax on Wednesday.
Vivianne Miedema showed her class and settled any nerves six minutes into the second half as she struck home in style, finding the corner from 20 yards after a dynamic drive towards goal.
The Dutch international’s early second-half strike gave the Gunners a 1-0 victory in her native Netherlands after they were held to a 2-2 draw in the first leg. The Champions League group stage draw will be made on October 3 with matches starting from October 19.
The Dutchwoman could have added a second soon after but her shot was well saved by Lize Kop.
Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall had made plans to employ the use of a concussion substitute after Beth Mead was forced off with a head injury in the second period but was denied, while there were discrepancies over the height of the goalposts before the game had even kicked off.
“Playing against a big club like Ajax, where we had to measure the goals before the start of the game…I have never experienced anything like it to be honest,” a bemused Eidevall remarked in the aftermath of the win, which was secured by Vivianne Miedema.