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The 1st legs of the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarterfinals are in the books and the two prominent Americans are on course to clash in the semifinal round. Here’s where things stand at the midway point of the ties.
Fortuna 0-1 Manchester City: Carli Lloyd’s 35th minute goal stood up as the only score in Man City’s hard-fought, 1-0 win in Denmark. Lloyd had an earlier chance saved point blank by Fortuna keeper Maria Christensen. The goal came in the 36th minute and was the product of some hard work through the center of the park by Jill Scott. With Lloyd making a run to Scott’s right she played the ball wide to Jane Ross whose cross easily found the head of Lloyd who was unopposed in the box. Manchester City now need only a draw at home in a week’s time to move through.
Wolfsburg 0-2 Lyon: Lyon took a major step toward the final four with a decisive away win on the shoulders of 2nd half goals by Camille Abily and Dzsenifer Marozsan. Alex Morgan played the full 90 and drew the foul that set up the opening goal, an Abily free kick that curled over Wolfsburg keeper Almuth Schult after she badly misjudged the initial trajectory. The rematch of last year’s final, won by Lyon on penalties, will be next Wednesday in France where the holders need only to stay within a goal to advance.
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Bayern Munich 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain: Vivianne Miedema’s 72nd minute goal gave Bayern the early edge on a night they were dominated in terms of possession and shots on goal. PSG, whose domestic season unraveled due to a point deduction for subbing in an ineligible player, will be a big favorite to overturn the deficit at home.
Rosengard 0-1 Barcelona (Wednesday): FC Rosengård fell to FC Barcelona Femení 1-0 in the first leg of their quarterfinal match in front of Rosengård’s second largest home audience ever for a UWCL match. Leila Ouahabi scored the lone goal in first half stoppage time to give her team the advantage. Rosengård now need to win the second leg by any score besides 1-0 to advance outright. A 1-0 win will send the tie to extra time.