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
2
Flaherty
3
Grant
4
Houghton
5
Scott
6
Chapman Goal! Yellow Card
7
Yankey 77
8
Beattie Goal!
9
Little
10
Nobbs Goal!
11
White 68

Substitutes

12
Harris
13
Fahey
14
Tracy
15
Ludlow
16
Davison 68
17
Carter 77
18
Smith

FC Barcelona

1
Sullastres
2
Gutierrez
3
Urdaniz
4
Melisa (C)
5
Serrano 58
6
Sonia
7
Corredera
8
Putellas 77
9
Dieguez
10
Mendez 58
11
Torrecilla

Substitutes

12
Rafols
13
Escribano 58
14
Robles
15
Gili
16
Losada
17
Garcia 58
18
Gutierrez 77
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