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In the home of the catenaccio on Wednesday afternoon, Arsenal Ladies belied a severely hampered commencement to the domestic season to deliver a sucker-punch of a performance that the most famed of the Italian counter attacking specialists would have been proud of to book their slot in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the third successive season.

On the day, Niamh Fahey’s fourth minute strike after Ellen White had knocked on Rachel Yankey’s corner proved enough to consign ASD Torres to the almost rans, but truthfully the damage had been done in Arsenal’s first-leg 3-1 victory when the 2007 champions tore apart their Italian opponents with a display of attack verve and intent.

Despite having seen their only regulation domestic fixture since the appointment of new manager Shelley Kerr – an FA Cup appointment with Nottingham Forest – postponed twice through inclement weather conditions, the country’s re-eminent women’s team…

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