Round 2 Women’s Champions League: Arsenal, Juventus, Paris, Real Madrid, Rome and Bayern qualified

Round 2 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League will establish the full grid for the group stage.

Arsenal, Benfica, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Rosengård, Slavia Praha, St. Pölten, Vllaznia and Zurich qualified on Wednesday. Roma hit the mark today, with Bayern securing the last available spot against Real Sociedad in the evening. All teams joined reigning champion Lyon and the other legally admitted teams, namely Barcelona, ​​Chelsea and Wolfsburg.

The 15 teams that passed round 1 reached the nine that started from this phase and were divided into champions and league paths.

Who takes part in the group stage?

The reigning champions and championship winners of the three highest ranked federations (France, Germany and England). As Lyon are both title holder and champion of France, the league winner of the fourth league in the ranking (Spain), Barcelona, ​​joins Lyon, Wolfsburg and Chelsea, also participate in the group stage.

Lyon (FRA, defending champion)
Wolfsburg (GER)
Chelsea (ENG)
Barcelona (ESP)

These teams were joined by the 12 winners of Round 2, seven of which come from the Champions path (national champions) and five from the Achievements path (teams that finished second or third in the league).

Arsenal (ENG)
Bayern Munich (GER)
Benfica (POR)
Juventus (ITA)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Real Madrid (ESP)
Rome (ITA)
Rosengård (SWE)
Slavia Praha (CZE)
St. Pölten (AUT)
Vllaznia (ALB)
Zürich (SUI)

The group stage draw will be streamed live on Monday 3 October at 13:00 CET.

The results of all matches

Thursday 29 September

Rome – Sparta Praha 4-1 (tot. 6-2)
Bayern München – Real Sociedad 3-1 (tot. 4-1)

  • Petra Bertholdová brought Sparta a draw on aggregate, but Carina Wenninger equalized before half-time. In the second half, Andressa Alves Moeka Minami and Emilie Haavi sealed the qualification of the Giallorossi, on their debut in the competition.
  • Bayern took the last available spot in the group stage thanks to a clear victory against Real Sociedad, in which Lea Schüller crossed the line with 50 goals in 68 appearances for the German club.
Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) scored and eliminated Ajax


Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal) scored and eliminated Ajax

Wednesday 28 September

Slavia Praha – Valur 1-0 (tot. 1-0)
Vllaznia – Vorskla-Kharkiv-2 2-1 (tot. 3-2)
Rosengård – Brann 3-1 (4-2 tot)
Häcken – Paris Saint-Germain 1-2 (tot 1-4)
Ajax – Arsenal 0 -1 (tot. 2-3)
St. Pölten – KuPS Kuopio 2-2 (aet, tot. 3-2)
Zürich – SFK 2000 Sarajevo 3-0 (tot. 10-0)
Real Madrid 2-1 Rosenborg (5-1 tot.)
Benfica 2-1 Rangers (aet, 5-3 tot.)
Juventus – HB Køge 2-0 (tot. 3-1)

  • Slavia are the first Czech team to reach the new group stage thanks to the victory over Valur, but they have already secured their return next season as they have recently defended the title in Iceland.
  • Thanks to a spectacular counterbalance goal from Gresa Berisha, Vllaznia became the first Albanian club to rank in the top 16 in any UEFA competition after KF Tirana, who in 1989/90 made it to the first knockout round of the men’s European Cup.
  • Sofie Bredgaard’s second-half goal and Mimmi Larsson’s brace qualified Rosengård, who like Slavia and Vllaznia were out in this round last season.
  • Already scoring in the first leg, Lieke Martens and Kadidiatou Diani also repeated themselves in the return, certifying the qualification of Paris.
  • Vivianne Miedema returned to the Netherlands with Arsenal, who triumphed in 2007, and scored the match-goal against Ajax.
  • KuPS, on their debut, recovered twice against St. Pölten, forcing them into extra time. With 2 minutes to go, however, Mateja Zver scored his second personal goal (the third of the match) and gave the Austrian team their first appearance in the group stage.
  • Zurich put an end to Sarajevo’s 20th participation (record) with a brace from Seraina Piubel.
  • Real Madrid has imposed a comeback on Rosenborg, repeating the success of the first leg and reaching the group stage.
  • Emma Watson, 16, drew Rangers at Benfica in the 87th minute, sending the match into extra time, but the Portuguese side won with a goal from Cloé Lacasse and another from Jésica Silva.
  • Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir, who joined Juve from Lyon this summer, scored with her fifth different club in the competition, helping the Bianconere overcome another team that had participated in the last group stage.
Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir celebrates the goal scored for Juventus


Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir celebrates the goal scored for JuventusGetty Images

Wednesday 21 September

SFK 2000 Sarajevo – Zürich 0-7
KuPS Kuopio – St. Pölten 0-1
Vorskla-Kharkiv-2 – Vllaznia 1-1
Brann 1-1 Rosengård
Rosenborg – Real Madrid 0-3
Sparta Praha – Rome 1-2
Valur – Slavia Praha 0-1
Paris Saint-Germain – Häcken 2-1

  • Paris achieved a last-minute victory thanks to Kadidiatou Diani against Häcken, present in the 2021/22 group stage. The Parisians took the lead thanks to the goal of the new summer signing Lieke Martens but suffered the same from Marika Bergman-Lundin before Diani’s goal. Sarah Bouhaddi, also arriving in the summer, surpassed Emma Byrne as the goalkeeper with the most appearances in UEFA women’s clubs (78), while Ramona Bachmann became the fifth player just to reach 80 appearances.
  • Caroline Weir, who scored for Real Madrid in the first round by eliminating her former club – Manchester City – scored twice at Rosenborg.
  • Roma, aiming for a place in the group stage in their debut in Europe, scored the 2-1 goal in the final minutes at Sparta, a team that had previously reached the quarterfinals.
  • The other team that passed from the quarter-finals, Slavia, won 1-0 against Valur, a team that reached the round of 16 once.
  • Rosengård, who had reached the semi-finals in the past, drew at Brann; Vllaznia also returned home with a 1-1 first leg against Vorskla-Kharkiv-2.
  • Zurich and St. Pölten, both in the past round of 16 but missed out on to the group stage last season, have both won away from home.
Emilie Haavi rejoices after the winning goal against Roma


Emilie Haavi rejoices after the winning goal against Roma

Tuesday 20 September

HB Køge – Juventus 1-1
Real Sociedad – Bayern München 0-1
Rangers – Benfica 2-3
Arsenal 2-2 Ajax

  • Bayern won 1-0 at Real Sociedad, which in its European debut drew a crowd of 11,479 people to the Anoeta, venue of the 2020 final, a record for any match before the actual competition.
  • In addition to Bayern, two other teams that reached the 2021/22 quarter-finals drew: Juventus at home to another group stage player, HB Køge, and Arsenal, who won in 2007, against Ajax, who in the Round 1 knocked out the four-time champions of Frankfurt.
  • Benfica, also aiming for the return leg in the group stage, won a thrilling match at Ibrox against Rangers, who made it through Round 1 on their debut.
The celebration of HB Køge after a goal at Juventus


The celebration of HB Køge after a goal at JuventusRitzau Scanpix / AFP via Getty Images

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Team guide

  • Arsenal were champions in 2007 and played in the quarterfinals last season.
  • Paris Saint-Germain finished second in 2015 and 2017 and have reached the semi-finals for the past three seasons.
  • Bayern have also already been semi-finalists and played the quarterfinals last season.
  • In the quarters 2021/22 there were also Juventus and Madrid, who came from this round together with Arsenal.
  • Benfica, Häcken and HB Køge were in last season’s group stage.
  • Rosengård and Malmö were semi-finalists in 2003/04.
  • Häcken (when he was called Göteborg), Sparta, Slavia and Valur also made it to the quarters in past editions.
  • Ajax knocked out the four-time Frankfurt champions in Round 1.
  • Sarajevo became the first team in the competition for 20 consecutive seasons (20 participations is also an ex aequo record).
  • At the debut: Brann (which until 2021 was called Sandviken), KuPS, Rangers, Real Sociedad, Rome
  • Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czechia, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Scotland were not represented in the group stage of the last edition. No Albanian or Bosnian club has ever reached the round of 16 in any format.
  • Zürich won 3-2 in Sarajevo in the 2008/09 second qualifying round.

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Which path do the teams come from?

Route Placed

Arsenal (ENG)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Bayern Munich (GER)
Real Madrid (ESP)
Rome (ITA)

Champions Path

Benfica (POR)
Juventus (ITA)
Rosengård (SWE)
Slavia Praha (CZE)
St. Pölten (AUT)
Vllaznia (ALB)
Zürich (SUI)

Season calendar

Group stage draw
13:00 CET, 3 October, Nyon

Group stage
Matchday 1: 19/20 October
Matchday 2: 26/27 October
Matchday 3: 23/24 November
Matchday 4: 7/8 December
Matchday 5: 15/16 December
Matchday 6: 21/22 December

Quarter-final and semi-final draw
13:00 CET, January 20, Nyon

Quarter finals
Outbound: 21/22 March
Return: 29/30 March

Semifinals
Outbound: 22/23 April
Return: 29/30 April

Finalee (PSV Stadion, Eindhoven)
3 or 4 June (to be agreed)

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