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Women’s Champions League: Oshoala’s Barcelona face Bayern Munich, Benfica in Group D

Asisat Oshoala’s Barcelona will tackle Bayern Munich, Benfica and Rosengard of Sweden in the women’s Champions League. Oshoala was phenomenal for Barcelona last season, helping…

Asisat Oshoala’s Barcelona will tackle Bayern Munich, Benfica and Rosengard of Sweden in the women’s Champions League.

Oshoala was phenomenal for Barcelona last season, helping the Spanish side to the final of the competition.

Unlike Barca who benefited from a more lenient draw in Group D, holders, Lyon were given a tough draw on Monday in a group which includes Arsenal and Juventus.

Lyon beat 2021 champions, Barcelona 3-1 in May, and are in Group C with former winners Arsenal, powered by star Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema, Juve and Swiss side Zurich.

“We can’t wait to get started in a competition that’s important to us,” said Lyon coach Sonia Bompastor.

“We’ve won the trophy eight times and we’ll again be the team to beat. We’re used to this position and we know our opponents won’t do us any favours.”

English giants, Chelsea, runners-up to Barca in 2021, and with a star line-up including Pernille Harder and Sam Kerr, headline a tough Group A which also includes Paris Saint-Germain, semi-finalists in the last three editions, and Real Madrid.

Outsiders in the group are Vllaznia Shkoder, the first Albanian women’s team to play in the group stage.

In Group B, Wolfsburg are the favourites ahead of Czech side Slavia Prague, St Poelten of Austria, and Roma. The Italians are newcomers to European competition.

Group stage matches take place between October 19 and December 22 with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Women’s Champions League draw

Group A: Chelsea (ENG), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Real Madrid (ESP), Vllaznia Shkoder (ALB)

Group B: Wolfsburg (GER), Slavia Prague (CZE), St Poelten (AUT), Roma (ITA)

Group C: Lyon (FRA), Arsenal (ENG), Juventus (ITA), Zurich (SUI)

Group D: Barcelona (ESP), Bayern Munich (GER), Rosengard (SWE), Benfica (POR)