09 Sep Arsenal exit UWCL after stunning pen defeat
Mathilde Bourdieu scored twice in three minutes for Paris early in the second half to leave Arsenal in an uphill battle, but substitute forward Alessia Russo clawed a goal back on 80 minutes before defender Jen Beattie levelled the scores deep into added time to force extra-time.
Replacement Paris forward Louise Fleury netted in extra-time, again putting Arsenal on the backfoot before Russo struck once more on 116 minutes.
However, Paris held their nerve in the shootout, claiming a 4-2 victory on penalties and a place in the second qualifying round.
Arsenal were without stars Leah Williamson and Vivianne Miedema, who remain out with knee injuries, but still featured a strong side that included Katie McCabe, Kim Little, Caitlin Foord and Lotte Wubben-Moy.
England forward Beth Mead was an unused substitute as she continues to recover from an ACL injury that forced her out of the Women’s World Cup.