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Thursday Roundup: Manchester City cruise into UWCL quarterfinals

Also in today’s roundup, Denmark forced to forfeit qualifier to Sweden, allowed to remain in draw

Action from Manchester City’s win over LSK in UWCL Round of 16 play

The final two spots in the UEFA Women’s Champions League were set on Thursday:

Manchester City 2, LSK 1 (7-1 aggregate): Manchester City had to rally after pesky LSK went in front early, but the aggregate was never in jeopardy as the English leaders joined Chelsea in the last eight. Isobel Christianson equalized less than a full minute into the second half and Nikita Parris scored the game winner in the 73rd. Marte Berget put LSK on top in the 17th minute for their only goal over the two kegs.

Slavia Prague 0, Stjarnan 0 (2-1 aggregate): Thirty-five total shots (19-16 to the hosts) were not enough to break the scoreless deadlock that send Prague to the last eight on the strength of a 2-1 away win in the opening leg.

The six quarterfinalists that booked Wednesday are: Barcelona, Chelsea, Lingoping, Lyon, Montpellier, and Wolfsburg. The draw will be made November 24.

Denmark forced to forfeit qualifier, not removed from event

Sweden have been awarded a 3-0 forfeit victory from Denmark four weeks after the Danes boycotted a World Cup qualifier over a labor dispute with the federation. Denmark was also forced to pay a fine but will not be kicked out of the qualifying tournament.

The result puts Sweden atop Group 4 with a 3-0-0 record while Denmark falls to 2-1-0. Sweden leads Denmark by 4 in goal difference which could become vital. The sides will complete the double round robin qualifying campaign in Denmark on September 4, 2018.

Ironically, Sweden was involved in their own labor dispute and very nearly canelled a friendly away to France this weekend until a deal was struck earlier this week.

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