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UWCL: Atletico Madrid rally, Liverpool crash out

The UEFA Women’s Champions League field was narrowed down to 16 teams this week and while there were the usual array of lopsided ties there was also some heavy, second leg drama around the continent.  Here is a quick spin around the 16, second-leg ties.  Round of 16 matches will take place November 11/12 and 18/19.  The draw will be made next week.

Zorky 0, Atletico Madrid 3 (2-3 aggregate):  Atletico used a penalty save and two late goals from substitutes to eek out the victory despite outshooting Zorky 62-5 over the two legs.  Esther Gonzalez put Madrid up on the day in the 9th minute but it looked like it may not be enough especially when Tatiana Skotnikova went to the spot in the 73rd minute.  But Dolores Gallardo made the save, opening the door for Beatriz Beltran to equalize the aggregate in the 84th and Deborah Garcia to win it in the 87th.  Garcia only entered the match in the 85th minute.

Liverpool 0, Brescia (0-2 aggregate):  The return home did little to ignite Liverpool’s attack as they dropped a second straight, 1-0 decision.  Barbara Bonansea’s 26th minute goal did the damage in this one.

Glasgow City 0, Chelsea 3 (0-4 aggregate):  The newly crowned English champions were much the best in the away leg of their all-British battle.  Eniola Aluko’s 22nd minute goal made the aggregate 2-0 and gave Chelsea an away goal.  Fran Kirby and Gilly Flaherty then scored four minutes apart in the second half.

Bayern Munich 2, Twente 2 (3-3 aggregate, Twente win on away goals):  Jill Roord scored in the 13th minute to put Twente on top and give them a crucial away goal and Maud Roetgering’s 56th minute penalty proved to be the difference even though Bayern twice rallied to tie things up.  An own goal off Kristina Erman at 29 minutes evened the tie on all counts and captain Melanie Behringer’s penalty in the 75th leveled it again.  But Bayern needed a winner to avoid going out on away goals and were unable to split the difference.

Wolfsburg 4, Spartak Subotica 0 (4-0 aggregate):  After a dicey opening leg, Wolfsburg returned to the comforts of home and won safely, taking all 39 shots attempted in the match.  Verena Faisst’s 30th minute goal finally put the two-time champions on top and Julia Simic doubled it approaching the half.  Lara Dickenmann and Caroline Graham Hanson scored after the break to finish it off with Graham Hanson tallying barely a minute after entering the match.

Lyon 3, Medyk Konin 0 (9-0 aggregate):  There was little drama to this one coming in and Eugenie Le Sommer reminded everyone of that with a goal two minutes in.  Ada Hegerberg came off the bench at halftime and scored twice in the one-sided tie.

Rosengard 7, SK 0 (9-0 aggregate):  Canadian Josee Belanger’s hat trick paced Rosengard to an easy win that blew open the aggregate.  Kirsten Van de Ven netted a brace including a 6th minute follow-up to Belanger’s 2nd minute opener.  Natasha Andonova and Marta also found the scoreboard.

Verona 2, Spratzern 2 (7-6 aggregate):  1st leg heroine Melania Gabbiadini scored on two penalty attempts that offset Fanni Vago’s two conventional goals and carried Verona through on aggregate.  Though Gabbiadini’s 87th minute equalizer provided the difference on aggregate but Verona were already slated to go through on away goals.

Brondby 1, Slavia Praha 0 (2-4 aggregate):  Simone Boye Sorenson scored in the 2nd minute to fire up the home side but they were unable to solve the Slavia defense for any more goals and crashed out despite the win in the second leg.

Zurich 1, Lillestrom SK 1, aet (1-2 aggregate):  The Swiss side fought into the 87th minute before Fabienne Humm found the only goal of regulation to force the tie into extra time.  Lene Mykjaland was the star of the extra session, scoring nine minutes in to send Lillestrom into the Round of 16.

Fortuna 4, Minsk 0 (6-0 aggregate):  Florentina Olar scored first and last and the Sky Blue tandem of Nadia Nadim and Aubrey Bledsoe struck again for a goal and shutout respectively.  Captain Line Jensen had the other goal less than a minute into the second half.

Barcelona 4, BIIK-Kazygurt 1 (5-2 aggregate):  The excitement of Kazygurt’s late equalizer from the opening leg was quickly wiped away when Jennifer Hermoso and Melanie Serrano put Barcelona up 2-0 after 20 minutes.  Marta Unzue and Hermoso then scored after halftime and only a 90th minute goal by Gulnara Gabelia prevented a Barca clean sheet on the day.

Orebro 5, PAOK 0 (8-0 aggregate):  The Swedish side progressed to the last 16 in their first trip to the competition in a dominant performance that saw four different players score plus an own goal.  Sarah Michael (10th), Sanna Talonen (24th), Ogonna Chukwudi (50th), and Julia Spetmark (76th) goals were augmented by a 16th minute own goal charged to Eleni Markou.

Paris Saint-Germain 9, Olimpia Cluj 0 (15-0 aggregate):  Cristiane had a hat trick to make it five goals over the two legs and American Lindsay Horan scored in consecutive minutes to lead the way in the most lopsided aggregate score of the week.  It did take PSG 21 minutes until Sabrina Delannoy scored to open the floodgates.  Lisa Dahlkvist and Ouleymata Sarr also scored and Corina Olar contributed an own goal.

Zvezda 2005 3, Stjarnan 1 (6-2 aggregate):  The Russian side won both legs by the identical score to progress.  The match nearly went to halftime scoreless before Olesya Kurochkina netted one in the 45th.  Daryna Apanaschenko scored twice in the second half including a penalty with her goals sandwiched around a Daria Makarenko own goal to account for visitor’s only scoring.

Frankfurt 6, Standard 0 (8-0 aggregate):  Six different goal scorers contributed to the route.  Mandy Islacker and Kerstin Garefrekes scored in the first half.  Saskia Bartusak (penalty), Yuki Ogimi, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic, and Isabelle Linden converted in the second.

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