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Oshoala stars as Barcelona thrash Arsenal 4-1

Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala haunted her old club Arsenal in their Women’s Champions League Group C opener as the Spaniards won 4-1 Tuesday night.

Mariona Caldentey scored the rebound from an Oshoala shot for the first, before the Nigerian international ran down the right wing and squared it for Alexia Putellas to slot home.

She added a third herself from a sublime Mariona through ball shortly after the restart as the Catalans were coasting before Frida Maanum bundled in a consolation for the visitors.

It wasn’t to be a sign of things to come as Lieke Martens chipped in the fourth for the holders.

Putellas should have made it 5-1 deep into stoppage time but her penalty was saved by Manuela Zinsberger.

Oshoala, 26, played for Arsenal from March 2016 to February 2017, helping them to win the FA Cup, and did not celebrate her goal at the Johan Cruyff Stadium.

European champions Barca showed why they will be tough to stop this season and should definitely have extended that scoring run, ending with 35 shots, 14 on target.

Next in the Champions League, the Gunners host German side Hoffenheim on Thursday, 14 October, with Barcelona going to Denmark to face Koge.

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