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Arsenal into Continental Cup semis as Maanum double downs Villa

Frida Maanum led Arsenal into the semi-finals of the Continental Cup with an inspired performance in their 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Meadow Park.

The forward opened the scoring in the 29th minute, wriggling her way past two defenders before hitting a low shot through a crowd of players, finding the bottom corner of the net.

The Norway international doubled her side’s advantage five minutes into the second half with a powerful strike after Caitlin Foord had wrestled possession, before the pair changed roles on the hour mark as Maanum’s pass found the run of Foord to round off the scoring.

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Image: Caitlin Foord added a third as Arsenal booked their place in the Conti Cup semi-finals

Maanum has now found the net 10 times in 15 games this season.

Villa’s side included ex-Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs, but they were comfortably outclassed on the night, as the Gunners advanced to face holders Manchester City on February 8.

The semi-final draw took place earlier on Thursday with West Ham set to play Chelsea in the other semi-final.

The Gunners’ trip to Brighton on Sunday was one of three Women’s Super League matches called off on a controversial weekend that also saw Chelsea’s contest with Liverpool abandoned after just six minutes.

What’s next?

Sunday 5th February 6:30pm Kick off 6:45pm

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Arsenal take on Leeds in the fourth round of the FA Cup on January 29, before returning to WSL action with a trip to West Ham on February 5, live on Sky Sports, kick-off 6.45pm.

Aston Villa are also in cup action this weekend, taking on Fylde, before hosting Brighton in the WSL on February 5, kick-off 12.30pm.


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