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

Substitutes

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

FC Barcelona

1
Esther Sullastres
2
Laura Gomez Gutierrez
3
Marta Unzue Urdaniz
4
Melisa (C)
5
Melanie Serrano 58
6
Sonia
7
Marta Corredera
8
Alexia Putellas 77
9
Miriam Dieguez
10
Virginia Torrecilla
11
Carolina Ferez Mendez 58

Substitutes

12
Laura Rafols
13
Ana Maria Escribano 58
14
Kenti Robles
15
Gema Gili
16
Maria Losada
17
Laura Gutierrez 77
18
Olga Garcia 58
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