Hat-trick hero Maanum secures top spot in Group C as Arsenal thump nine past Zurich

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Frida Maanum scored a hat-trick as Arsenal stormed through to the Women’s Champions League quarter-finals as Group C winners with a resounding 9-1 rout of Zurich.

Jonas Eidevall’s side were already assured of a place in the knockout stages, but ran riot nevertheless at Wefox Arena to ensure they would be seeded in the last eight.

Along with Maanum’s treble, Caitlin Foord and Stina Blackstenius both scored a brace, while further strikes from Kim Little and Mana Iwabuchi completed the scoring.

“We scored some really good goals, and I’m happy to have got my hat-trick,” Maanum told UEFA.com. “It’s easier when you’re surrounded by really good players. This is a nice early Christmas present, for sure!”

Arsenal were joined in the quarter-finals by Lyon, who are through to the last eight for the 14th time in 16 seasons after snatching second place in Group C with a goalless draw against Juventus.

Elsewhere, Barcelona ensured they advanced to the knockout stages as Group D winners following a thumping 6-0 victory over Rosengard.

Though already guaranteed progression beyond the group phase, Barca were in no forgiving mood as Asisat Oshoala scored twice with Mapi Leon, Fridolina Rolfo, Marta Torrejon and Irene Paredes also on target.

That took their goal tally to 29 – the highest in any Women’s Champions League group stage – and meant Bayern Munich had to settle for second place despite Klara Buhl’s double in a 2-0 win over Benfica.



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