Matildas duo star in Arsenal ECL win

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Matildas stars Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord have helped Arsenal storm to a 5-1 thrashing of HB Koge in the group stages of the Women's Champions League in Denmark.

The Gunners carried their impressive domestic form from the Women's Super League, in which they have yet to drop a point, into the Champions League to show that their 5-0 defeat to Barcelona last month was little more than a blip.

Despite making six changes, Arsenal dominated from the outset and took the lead in the 28th minute thanks to a curled free-kick from Catley as the Australian lifted it over the wall and in off the bar, out of the reach of Koge goalkeeper Kaylan Marckese.

The Gunners kicked on after the halftime and Nikita Parris made up for an earlier missed penalty just after the hour mark, latching on to a Catley shot to turn and drive home.

Foord headed in her side's third less than 10 minutes later, after Jordan Nobbs' effort rebounded off the bar.

However against the run of play Koge pulled one back as Arsenal made a number of defensive mistakes before Madalyn Pokorny slotted the ball into the goal.

It would prove to be little more than a consolation goal. Arsenal added two more in the final five minutes to inflict a heavy defeat on the Danish side, with Anna Patten clipping the ball into the top corner before Nobbs rounded off the scoring with a low drive.

Arsenal remain three points adrift of Barcelona, who eased to a 4-0 win over German club Hoffenheim.

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