Arsenal are well placed to reach the next round of the Women's Champions League after a comfortable 3-0 win at Barcelona on Wednesday.

Jennifer Beattie, Jordan Nobbs and Katie Chapman scored as Laura Harvey's team - winners of this competition in 2007 - outplayed the Catalan side.

Playing at the Mini Estadi, in the shadow of the Camp Nou, Arsenal started on the back foot with Emma Byrne denying both Sonia and Marta Corredera.

But the visitors grew in stature and they took the lead in the 31st minute when Beattie headed home Kim Little's corner.

Ellen White twice went close before half time and Nobbs doubled Arsenal's lead 10 minutes after the restart with a long-range drive.

Chapman got the third in the 67th minute when Sullastres parried Steph Houghton's free kick and the captain converted the rebound.

Arsenal Ladies

1
Byrne
4
Houghton
5
Flaherty
7
Grant
22
Scott
14
Beattie Goal!
8
Nobbs Goal!
17
Chapman Goal! Yellow Card
11
Yankey 77
16
Little
9
White 68

Substitutes

31
Harris
3
Tracy
4
Ludlow
19
Fahey
12
Davison 68
15
Carter 77
10
Smith

Barcelona

0
Esther Sullastres
0
Laura Gomez Gutierrez
0
Melisa (C)
0
Melanie Serrano 58
0
Marta Unzue Urdaniz
0
Marta Corredera
0
Miriam Dieguez
0
Sonia
0
Alexia Putellas 77
0
Virginia Torrecilla
0
Carolina Ferez Mendez 58

Substitutes

0
Laura Rafols
0
Ana Maria Escribano 58
0
Kenti Robles
0
Maria Losada
0
Gema Gili
0
Olga Garcia 58
0
Laura Gutierrez 77
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26 Sep 2012