The UEFA Champions League is back with a dozen Round of 16 berths decided Wednesday. Among them, Tyreso held off Paris Saint-Germain thanks to a scoreless draw. On the flip side a draw was not enough for Apollon who crashed out. In Russia a pair of goals from American players helped Zorky move on. A quick look at Wednesday’s results:
Paris Saint-Germain 0-0 Tyreso (1-2 aggregate): PSG outshot their guests 13-6 but were unable to get anything by Ashlyn Harris in a scoreless draw that sent the Swedish power through on their first trip to the competition. Ali Krieger, Christen Press, Whitney Engen, and Meghan Klingenberg all started for Tyreso and only Press came off, in the 90th minute. Former WPSers Marta, Caroline Seger, and Veronica Boquete also went the distance for Tyreso. Tobin Heath played the first 72 minutes for PSG while Lindsey Horan played the last nine.
Nuelengbach 1-1 Apollon (2-3 aggregate): Sinead Farrelly’s 77th minute equalizer was not enough for American-heavy Apollon, which needed one more goal to play extra time. Alexandra Biroova’s 58th minute tally had put the Austrians in a commanding position for the last half hour. American participants for the Cypriots included Farrelly, Jasmyne Spencer, Joanna Lohman, Tina DiMartino, Nikki Krzysik, and goalkeeper Michelle Betos. Breakers’ midfielder Lianne Sanderson also played the full 90. Spencer scored Apollon’s goal in the 1st leg.
Zorky 4-1 Thor/KA (6-1 aggregate): NWSLers Ashley Nick and Alyssa Mautz put their names on the scoresheet and will live to play more Champions League matches. The match was already out of reach, though, after Elena Morozova and Vira Dyatel scored two minutes apart for a 2-0 lead. Thor captain Arna Asgrimsdottir scored as well.
Brondby 2-2 Barcelona (2-2 aggregate, 0-2 away goals): A little drama with the teams requiring away goals to split them after playing scoreless in Barcelona. Marta Corredera’s 52nd minute equalizer gave the Spanish club the initial away goal in the tie and put them on the front foot. Jelena Cankovic put them ahead in the 87th and Simone Boye Sorensen’s stoppage time equalizer only served to frustrate the home side, who went ahead in the 25th minute through Anja Thorsen.
Fortuna Hjorring 2-0 UPC Tavagnacco (4-3 aggregate): Fortuna needed only Camilla Larsen’s 35th minute tally to move ahead in the matchup on away goals and Laura Rus’s 81st minute insurance made it look cleaner following a 3-2 Tavagnacco victory in the opening leg.
Malmo 5-0 LSK (8-1 aggregate): The former champions started the day with a comfortable lead and added to it four times over a 17-minute span on goals by Anja Mittag, Manon Melis, Mittag, and Ramona Bachmann. Melis made it a brace in the 84th.
Lyon 6-0 FC Twente (10-0 aggregate): The French side did nothing to squash the notion they are capable of returning to the final for a fifth straight year. The goals came from Laetitia Tonazzi, Louisa Necib, Elise Bussaglia, Eugenie Le Sommer, Lotta Schelin, and finally Megan Rapinoe.
Turbine Potsdam 6-0 MTK Hungaria FC (11-0 aggregate): Asano Nagasato, Natasa Andonova, and Antonia Goransson scored in the 62nd, 63rd, and 65th minutes respectively and all three added second goals between the 84th and 92nd minutes to send the German club though with ease.
Sparta Praha 1-1 Zurich (2-3 aggregate): The Swiss side took a 2-1 lead to the Czech Republic and received a huge boost 16 minutes in when Mirjine Selimi added to the aggregate lead. Sparta captain Iva Mocova brought Wednesday’s proceedings level but they were unable to find another goal to extend to extra time. The task was made tougher when Tereza Krejcirikova saw her second yellow card leaving the hosts to play the last 6 minutes plus stoppage time with 10.
Torres 3-1 Spratzern (5-3 aggregate): Sandy Maendly and former WPS player Patrizia Panico scored 1st half goals to put the Italian side on their way to the Round of 16 after a draw in Austria. Sandy Iannella converted off the bench for 3-1 before Lisa Makas salvaged one for the visitors.
Birmingham City 1-0 PK 35 (4-0 aggregate): The English club outshot their guests 21-3 but managed only Chelsea Weston’s 50th minute goal. It was more than enough to cruise through after winning handily last week in Finland.
Wolfsburg 13-0 Parnu (27-0 aggregate): There wasn’t an ounce of drama here and all Wolfsburg did was prove they could beat up on a lesser side two weeks running. Lyn Meyer and Conny Pohlers had hat tricks, Nadine Kessler and Jovana Damnjanovic had two each, and Stephanie Bunte, Viola Odebrecht, and Zsanett Jakabfi had a goal apiece. Wolfsburg set a record aggregate score and Pohlers extended her all-time competitions scoring record to 48 goals.