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60,000 watch on in horror as Arsenal throw away place in Champions League final

When two teams are so evenly matched, the old cliché dictates that an individual piece of genius or a horrendous mistake will ultimately decide the outcome.

For Arsenal and Wolfsburg — with the score level at 4-4 on aggregate after nearly 190 minutes of action across the two legs — it was the unfortunate error that ultimately decided the tie.

This UEFA Women's Champions League semifinal looked destined for penalties at the Emirates on Monday night, especially after Arsenal's Katie McCabe watched an effort crash back off the crossbar in the 116th-minute, but with just one minute to play before the shootout an Arsenal attempt at building from the back went horribly wrong.

A semi of this quality didn't deserve to be decided on penalties, but the final action was just as cruel for Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy — she got caught in possession by June Brand out wide and the 20-year-old German provided Pauline Bremer with the easiest of finishes for a 5-4 aggregate Wolfsburg victory at the death.  

It had all started so well for the home side as the Gunners picked up right where they left off in the first leg — coming back from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw at Volkswagen Arena — with Stina Blackstenius giving Arsenal the 3-2 aggregate advantage in the 11th-minute.    

However, shortly before halftime, Dutch international Jill Roord equalized for Die Wölfinnen. 

Wolfsburg then took a 4-3 lead in the 58th minute through German international Alexandra Popp. 

But the Gunners made it 4-4 in the 75th. 

That set the stage for extra time and Wubben-Moy's error. 

Arsenal came so close...

Wolfsburg now plays Barcelona in the final on Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. ET. The Philips Stadion in Eindhoven plays host.

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