The women’s UEFA Champions League delivered a rare shocker Thursday when Turbine Potsdam rallied for a 2-1 away victory over Lyon that sent them through to the quarterfinals on away goals. Lyon, finalists in each of the last four tournaments, took an early lead through midfielder Camille Abily. That 11th minute goal gave the French side a 2-0 lead on aggregate against an opponent they were favored to defeat.
The German side was not finished though. Captain Stefanie Draws made it 1-1 on the day with her 33rd minute goal, leaving Potsdam just a goal away from the upset. The opening came through a foul committed by Saki Kumagi that put Postdam at the penalty spot. Maren Mjelde stepped to and finished the penalty to send her side into the final eight.
Seattle Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe played the first half for Lyon. Former Washington Freedom defender Alex Singer was an unused sub for Potsdam.
In Thursday’s other Champions League results:
Torres got goals in either half to shutout Rossiyanka, overturning the aggregate deficit and going through 2-1. Pamela Conti leveled the aggregate at 27 minutes and Italian international and former WPS player Patrizia Panico sent home the match-winner in the 63rd. American Kristen Nicole Edmonds went the distance for Rossiyanka.
Some familiar names made the scoresheet in Tyreso’s 4-0 thumping of Fortuna that won them a 6-1 victory on aggregate. Whitney Engen gave the Swedish club breathing room with her 15th minute goal that made it 3-1 aggregate. Kirsten van de Van added one in the 27th. Marta and Veronica Boquete, the only two players voted MVP of WPS, scored in quick succession just before halftime to close the scoring.
Neulengbach downed Konak 3-0 for the second straight time to win 6-0 on aggregate. Marlies Hanschitz, Alexandra Biroova, and captain Nina Burger scored as the Austrian side advanced in front of the home folks.
The Champions League now goes dark until March when the quarterfinals are played across two legs. The draw for the remainder of the tournament is Thursday, November 21. Arsenal, Birmingham City, Barcelona, and holders Wolfsburg reached the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
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