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UEFA Champions League Round of 16 update, Oct. 31

The first legs of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 16 got underway on Wednesday and they included one match with a distinctly American feel to it. We’ll start there:

Göteborg 1-1 Fortuna

Göteborg salvaged a draw thanks to Yael Averbuch’s 72nd minute equalizer. Averbuch was one of six Americans (combined) in the starting line-ups of these two teams. Tiffany Weimer and Casey Ramirez (Syracuse ’12 graduate) started for Fortuna, while Averbuch, Christen Press, Ingrid Wells (Georgetown) and Camille Levin (Stanford) lined-up for Göteborg, which also features English defender and ex-WPS star Anita Asante.

Malmö 1-0 Verona

German Anja Mittag scored in the second minute to lift Swedish club Malmö (also home to Ramona Bachmann!) to a 1-0 aggregate lead. Stanford grad and 2010 WPS rookie of the year outside back Ali Riley checked into the game in the 75th minute for Malmö.

Lyon 9-0 Zorkiy

The score pretty much speaks for itself. Louisa Necib led the way for Lyon with a hat trick. And this leg was Zorkiy’s home game in Russia. Ouch.

Torres 4-1 Olimpia Cluj

Patrizia Panico, a legendary Italian goal-scorer but unfortunately best known in the U.S. for breaking Leslie Osborne’s collarbone during the 2010 WPS season, scored a hat trick to lift Torres to a comfortable lead in the first leg.

Stabæk 0-0 Juvisy

Juvisy, the club of French internationals Sandrine Soubeyrand and Gaëtane Thiney, drew 0-0 with Stabæk on the first leg in Norway.


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