Carpenter's Lyon stay perfect in Champions League

Lyon and Barcelona remain perfect after three matches each in the Women's Champions League group stage.

Matildas right back Ellie Carpenter played a full game on Wednesday night (Thursday AEDT) in the French club's 3-1 home win against Brann of Norway, for whom compatriot Larissa Crummer fought gallantly up front without reward.

Ada Hegerberg, the competition's all-time leading scorer took her tally to 61 when she doubled the lead before halftime for the eight-time winners.

The veteran Norwegian striker, who's been with the club since 2014, scored in between a Kadidiatou Diani double, which took the French forward's tally to four so far this campaign.

"I am satisfied with the result tonight. We took three points and first place in the group," Lyon coach Sonia Bompastor said.

"It will be a tough match in Norway next week. They will want to take their revenge ...There are two games left in 2023. The goal is to get two wins."

Defending champions Barcelona thumped Rosengaard 6-0 in Sweden with Spanish World Cup-winning midfielder Aitana Bonmati netting twice.

Elsewhere in Group A, Benfica beat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 in Portugal, while St Poelten and Slavia Prague drew 0-0 in Group B.

Four more matches take place on Thursday (Friday AEDT) with another five Australians in action.

Sarah Hunter's Paris FC are at home to Hayley Raso's Real Madrid, Clare Hunt's PSG welcome Roma to the French capital and Sam Kerr's Chelsea host Aivi Luik's Haecken.

Kerr's Blues suffered their first defeat of the season in all competitions on the weekend, going down 4-1 at London rivals Arsenal in the Women’s Super League.

"It was difficult at the weekend and I’m really glad that we have a game on Thursday," Kerr told the club website.

"We know that we have to bounce back ... we’ve been here before ... Although it did hurt, we’re not going to let one loss derail us or get us down for too long. We have a run of games in the next 10 days or so that are all super important.

"We’re all top professionals. We have something crazy like six or seven national team captains in the squad. So it’s not up to one individual, it’s not up to Emma [coach Hayes], it’s up to ourselves as a collective and a team."

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