Miedema hits four in Arsenal Women’s Champions League win
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Vivianne Miedema scored four times as Arsenal cruised to a 5-2 victory away to Slavia Prague in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Netherlands striker hit a hat-trick inside 39 minutes and added a fourth after half-time.
Kim Little's penalty made it 5-0 before Katerina Svitkova and Mia Persson cut the deficit by adding two late goals.
It took 24 minutes for the Gunners to break the deadlock when Beth Mead played a wonderful pass into Miedema's path and she made no mistake in beating Olivie Lukasova in the home goal.
Less than two minutes later Miedema doubled her tally when Lukasova raced off her line and missed the ball, gifting the Dutch forward the opportunity to tap the ball into an empty net in a moment the Slavia keeper will want to forget.
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It was 3-0 before the break as Leah Williamson played a sensational pass into Danielle Van De Donk before she picked out her counterpart to slam home and complete her hat-trick.
Arsenal's dominance continued after the break and it was to be 4-0 shortly after the restart when Mead broke free of the shackles before whipping a cross into Miedema who stayed composed and slotted the ball low into the net.
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Little then made it 5-0 from the penalty spot as she confidently sent the Slavia keeper the wrong way.
However the Czech Republic side hit back late on with goals from Svitkova and Persson as they took advantage of slack defending to beat Pauline Peyraud-Magnin who was restored to the Gunners goal after missing Sunday's defeat to Chelsea.
Arsenal now turn their attention to the Continental Tyres Cup and a clash with Charlton at the weekend.
Arsenal: Peyraud-Magnin, Williamson, Beattie, Evans, McCabe, Walti, Nobbs, Little, Van De Donk, Mead, Miedema. Subs: Quinn, Mitchell, Roord.