Manchester City have one foot in the UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-finals, after winning 5-0 away against Norway’s Lillestrøm.
Thursday 9th November
UEFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
ROUND OF 16, 1ST LEG
Lillestrøm 0-5 Manchester City
Stjarnan 1-2 Slavia Prague
A drive by Demi Stokes netted an important away goal after 25 minutes but there was to be much more to come from Nick Cushing’s side.
Nikita Parris went close with a diving header at the back post from Megan Campbell’s cross and 6 minutes before the break, Jane Ross won a penalty which Issy Christiansen converted.
Karen Bardsley got down well to tip a deflected Marte Berget shot wide, before a rush of three goals in the space of 9 second-half minutes surely secured City’s passage to the last eight.
Substitute Claire Emslie made it 3-0 on 69 minutes, curling an effort into the far corner less then 10 minutes after coming off the bench.
Ross then bagged a four-minute brace of headers, directing home an Abbie McManus delivery before scoring via the post from a cross by Stokes, with Emslie hitting the bar in-between.
Steph Houghton did enough to deny Ingrid Kvernvolden a late consolation and Georgia Stanway might have got a sixth but Cecilie Fiskerstrand turned her strike wide.
Slavia Prague net penalty advantage
Slavia Prague were 2-1 winners away to Stjarnan in Iceland, scoring the decider just 2 minutes after the hosts had found an equaliser.
Petra Divišová beat former Scotland goalkeeper Gemma Fay in the first half, with Lára Pedersen levelling midway through the second.
But then Bryndis Björnsdóttir foul Tereza Szewieczková in the box and Kateřina Svitková stepped up to score from the spot.