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Arsenal experienced mixed fortunes when competing in the Stabaek Cup in Norway over the weekend, finishing as tournament runners-up.
The Gunners opened up against tournament hosts Stabaek on Friday evening and they got off to a good start, taking a 12th minute lead through a header from Jennifer Beattie. The Norwegian League leaders then fought back to level the scores eight minutes ahead of half time.
Despite an end to end second half, neither side could find a breakthrough and the match culminated in a 1-1 draw. This took the game to penalties and it was Arsenal who emerged as 4-2 winners on spot kicks, taking them through to the Final.
Their opponents in the Final were Wolfsburg, who had beaten Brondby in the other semi final and it turned out to be a match where nothing went right for Arsenal as they went down to a 6-1 defeat.
Both sides played some great football but it was the German side who were more clinical in front of goal. Arsenal had a goal disallowed and many more chances which they were unable to take and to add to their woes, they also had goalkeeper Emma Byrne sent off and two penalties awarded against them.
Arsenal's next competitive match is scheduled for Sunday 13 March, when they enter the F.A.Women's Cup at the Fifth Round stage. They then take on Linkopings in the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter finals and, if successful, will then play Zvezda 2005 or Lyon in the semi finals with their opening FA WSL match away to Chelsea sandwiched inbetween.
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