Arsenal 2-2 Ajax: Late Ajax equaliser levels Champions League qualifying tie

Arsenal were knocked out of the Champions League by Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals last season

Arsenal’s hopes of reaching the Women’s Champions League group stage are in the balance after a late Ajax equaliser in Tuesday’s qualifier first leg.

Having fought back from a goal down, Arsenal conceded late on as Netherlands international Romee Leuchter scored a tap-in to level the tie at 2-2.

Substitute Katie McCabe then had a winning goal chalked off for offside.

Jonas Eidevall’s team must win in Amsterdam next week to guarantee a group stage place.

A draw would take the qualifier to extra time and potentially a penalty shootout.

Leuchter opened the scoring at Meadow Park for Ajax after 17 minutes before a Stina Blackstenius strike levelled the scores just six minutes later.

Blackstenius, who also scored in Friday’s 4-0 WSL victory against Brighton, scored with a volley after Rafaelle’s header rebounded off the crossbar and fell to the Swedish forward.

Following a scrappy first half for the…

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