Usual suspects reach Women’s Champions League Round of 16

As the Women’s Champions League heads into round 16, Martin Whiteley has all the current and upcoming games within the WCL that you should be keeping an eye on.

France: Lyon and PSG

Champions Lyon swept aside Ryazan-VDV after adding another seven goals at home — Nikita Parris with a brace — to the nine they tallied in Russia. Ada Hegerberg with five goals in the tie to move within two of equalling the record for the most goals ever scored in the WCL of 51 currently held by Anja Mittag.

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Fortuna Hjørring of Denmark, who saw off Vllaznia 3-0 on aggregate will be the next opponents for Lyon after the draw was made on 30 September.

PSG added to the French success when they disposed of Portuguese team Braga 7-0 on aggregate.

Braga responded well to the hammering they got at home by claiming a creditable goalless draw in the second leg in France.

Next up for PSG will be Breidablik of Iceland who overcame Sparta Prague 4-2 on aggregate.

Germany: Wolfsburg and Bayern Munich

Germany will also have a brace of representatives, but how the two sides progressed from Round 32 differed greatly.

One team’s victory never in doubt, while the other could not breathe easily until the final whistle sounded.

Wolfsburg, already 10-0 up from their trip to Kosov to face Mitrovica, scored five more on home territory to easily advance. FC Twente are the German teams next opponents after the Dutch side squeaked through 5-4 on aggregate against St. Polten despite losing 2-1 at home in the second leg.

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Coming off a 2-1 success in Sweden against Gothenburg, Bayern Munich lost the second leg 1-0 to edge through on away goals.

The reward for the German side was a matchup against BIIK Kazygurt of Kazakhstan who had got the better of Anderlecht 3-1 over the two legs.

Spain: Barcelona and Athletic Madrid

Spanish pair Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both booked their passage to the next round too.

In what turned out to be a bad year for Italian teams Juventus, who had Eniola Aluko in their starting line-up were defeated 4-1 on aggregate by Barcelona after a 2-1 reversal in Spain. Minsk from Belarus defeated Zurich 4-1 on aggregate and now await last year’s losing finalist.

In a much tighter affair Atletico Madrid — with Toni Duggan back in their starting line-up for the first time since her injury — got the better of Serbian side Spartak Subotica 4-3 on aggregate after the second leg finished 1-1.

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Originally drawn out to face Czech Republic side Slavia Prague in the seventh tie, Atletico were moved down a spot as that would have left the two English sides to face each other. At this stage no side from the same association can meet so Atletico ended up been drawn against Manchester City.

The two also faced each other in last season’s competition with Atletico winning 3-1 on aggregate in the Round of 32.

England: Manchester City and Arsenal

Manchester City had no problems clearing the first hurdle this time around. City held a 7-1 lead after leg one from their visit to Switzerland to take on Lugano and found the net four more times in familiar surroundings.

Slavia Prague who had comfortably dispatched Hibernian 9-2 on aggregate were assigned Arsenal as their next opponents.

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Although unseeded Arsenal made sure England still have dual participation in this year’s competition. Winning the return leg 2-0 to build on the 4-0 advantage they had claimed on their travels against Italian side Fiorentina.

Scotland: Glasgow City

Despite the demise of Hibernian, Scotland still have representation as Glasgow City ended the involvement of Russia team Chertanovo 5-1 on aggregate.

Glasgow now takes on Danish side Brondby who gained a 2-1 aggregate success against Pitea IF DFF.

Glasgow City, Barcelona, BIIK-Kazygurt, Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, Wolfsburg, Slavia Prague, and Manchester City all have home advantage in the first Leg.

Ties will be scheduled to be played on 16/17 and 30/31 October.

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