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Tough Champions League draw for Matildas

Australians figuring in the Women’s UEFA Champions League have been handed tough draws in the competition’s group stages, including facing each other.

Arsenal, with Caitlin Foord and Steph Catley, meet Italian champions Juventus, managed by fellow Aussie Joe Montemurro, who brought them to London when in charge at the Gunners.

Reigning champions Lyon, for whom Ellie Carpenter is recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in last year’s final, are also in the group from which only two teams progress. Making up the quartet are Swiss club Zurich.

Sam Kerr’s Chelsea were paired with last year’s semi-finalists Paris Saint-Germain, who have Australian goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold in their squad, and Real Madrid, who put out the Manchester City team of Hayley Raso, Alanna Kennedy and Mary Fowler in the qualifying round.

The likely makeweights in the section are Vllaznia, the first Albanian…



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