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UWCL update: Wolfsburg held, French clubs roll

Nadia Nadim (right) scored both goals in Fortuna's Champions League victory while Sky Blue teammate Aubrey Bledsoe kept as clan sheet. (Photo: UEFA)

Nadia Nadim (right) scored both goals in Fortuna’s Champions League victory while Sky Blue teammate Aubrey Bledsoe kept as clan sheet. (Photo: UEFA)

Here is the latest from the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32 ties. The return legs are next week. Home teams are listed first.

Spartak Subotica 0, Wolfsburg 0:  In the most surprising result of the week, two-time champion Wolfsburg took all 14 shots in the match but were unable to find the back of the net.  Things are still looking up for the German club that has been to the last three semifinals with the home leg still to come.

Medyk Konin 0, Lyon 6:  Lyon quickly made this a runaway and should be home free going back to France on a six-goal lead.  Ada Hegerberg and Pauline Bremer had a brace in either half and Eugenie Le Sommer and Wendie Renard scored for a loaded Lyon side.

Olimpia Cluj 0, Paris Saint-Germain 6:  The other French side also won by six on the road behind two goals apiece by Anja Mittag, Cristiane, and Shirley Cruz.

Spratzern 4, Verona 5:  The match of the day was finally decided on Melania Gabbiadini’s 82nd minute penalty that gave the Italian champs a narrow edge and a handful of away goals to take into the return leg.  Verona jumped out to a 2-0 lead through Camilla Larsen (21st) and Tatiana Bonetti (24th) but Spratzern roared back with three unanswered.  Jennifer Poltl (29th), Lilla Sipos (31st) got it knotted up before Fanni Vago’s penalty made it 3-2 in the 37th.  Not to be outdone Verona leveled things before the half via Valeria Pirone’s goal in the 41st minute and Pirone put her side back on top in the 73rd.  Spratzern fought back again on the strength of 16-year old Viktoria Pinther before Gabbiadini finished the scoring.

BIIK-Kazygurt 1, Barcelona 1:  Lisa-Marie Woods hit the equalizer in the 82nd minute to draw the hosts level ahead of the return tie back in Spain.  Ruth Garcia put the Spanish champions ahead in the 57th.

PK-35 0, Rosengard 2:  Amanda Ilestedt scored early and skipper Lina Nilsson scored late to put Rosengard in control of the tie.  Former WPS stars Marta, Ali Riley, and Anita Asante all went the full 90 for the winners.

PAOK 0, Orebro 3:  The Swedish runners-up scored three times after halftime to win on their Champions League debut in a match that featured a rare red card.  Sanna Talonen broke the scoreless tie less than two minutes into the second half and the goal was backed up by Marina Pettersson-Engstrom’s penalty on the hour and 17-year old substitute Sejde Abrahamsson’s goal as full time approached.  Elena Dimitrijevic saw her second yellow card of the match on 88 minutes and will miss the return leg which was already going to be an uphill climb for the Greek champions.

Slavia Praha 4, Brondby 1:  A wild opening 24 minutes saw Brondby take an early lead, go down 2-1, have a player sent off, and then concede another goal.  Louise Kristiansen gave the visitors a lead in the sixth minute but Petra Divisova converted in the eighth and 13th to flip the script.  Brondby then lost Stine Larsen to a straight red on 22 minutes and in the 24th Andrea Budosova made it 3-1.  Jitka Chlastakova finished the scoring early in the 2nd half.

Standard Liege 0, FFC Frankfurt 2:  Sophie Schmidt’s 10th minute penalty put the holders in early control of the tie and Kerstin Garefrekes added 86th minute insurance ahead of the home leg back in Germany.

Lillestrom SK 1, Zurich 0:  Lillestrom prevailed on Isabelle Bachor’s goal in the 63rd minute but lost Isabell Herlovsen to a red card in stoppage time in one of the most evenly contested matches of the week.

Twente 1, Bayern Munich 1:  Bayern outshot their hosts 20-8 but could not crack the scoreboard until the 85th minute when Melanie Leupolz evened the tie with what could be a crucial away goal.  Renate Jansen stakes Twente to a lead at the half hour mark.

Atletico Madrid 0, Zorky 2:  Atletico won the shot battle 22-2 but both of Zorky’s were cashed in for goals giving the Russian side the edge heading home.  Anastasia Slonova scored both goals, one in each half.

Brescia 1, Liverpool 0:  Sara Gama’s 28th minute goal stood up to complete a very good day for Italy.

Stjarnan 1, Zvezda 3:  The visitors choked away the match with three goals in the opening 32 minutes.  Olha Boychenko got it started in the fifth and Daryna Apanaschenko doubled the lead in the 13th.  Stjarnan pulled one back in the 28th through Runa Sif Stefansdottir but just four minutes later Olesya Kurochkina restored the two-goal advantage.

Minsk 0, Fortuna 2:  Sky Blue’s tandem of Nadia Nadim and Aubrey Bledsoe teamed up to lead the Danes.  Nadim scored a goal in each half—the second one from the spot—and Bledsoe kept a clean sheet to put Fortuna firmly in command on the proceedings.

Chelsea 1, Glasgow City 0:  Fran Kirby continued her hot play with the only goal in the all-British battle that will head to Scotland for the deciding leg.  Kirby had two goals on the weekend to help Chelsea secure the FAWSL and a return trip to next year’s Champions League.


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