Arsenal Women and Celtic out of UWCL on pens, Glasgow City progress

UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification - Arsenal FC v Paris FC -
Reactions to Arsenal’s defeat by Paris FC in Linkoping. (Peter Sonander/SPP)

Arsenal and Celtic bowed out of the UEFA Women’s Champions League on penalties, Glasgow City beat Gintra to go through.

Arsenal twice came from behind to force extra-time and then penalties before eventually losing the shoot-out 4-2 to Paris FC. Mathilde Bourdieu struck twice for the French side, Alessia Russo replied and Jen Beattie netted a stoppage-time header. Julie Soyer restored the lead before Russo finished from outside the box but when it came to penalties, Chiamaka Nnadozie decided the tie by saving from the Gunners’ new striker.

Celtic were defeated by Vålerenga following a shoot-out of 22 penalties, all of which were converted bar the last by Hoops’ keeper Kelsey Daugherty. The Norwegian side took an early lead but Kit Loferski swiftly levelled and six minutes from the end of extra-time, Jenny Smith buried Murphy Agnew’s cutback. But heartbreak was to follow for Fran Alonso’s side, as the hosts levelled from 12 yards on 120 minutes and went on to win penalty competition.

Glasgow City’s Brenna Lovera took just 45 seconds to score against Gintra, Kenzie Weir made it 2-0 from Cori Sullivan’s corner, with lauren Davidson adding a third in the second half.

Shelbourne beat Cardiff City Women 3-0 in a Group 3rd-place play off. Noelle Murray’s penalty hit the post but she netted the rebound, later scoring from distance before Libby Moore completed the scoring.

Daniella Maxwell and Marissa Callaghan found the net for Cliftonville but they lost their third-place tie 4-2 to Kazygurt.

League path 

Group 1 Final – FC Twente 2-3 Levante. 3rd Place – SK Sturm Graz 0-0 (aet) Stjarnan (Stjarnan won 7-6 on pens)

Group 2 Final – Juventus 1-1- (aet) Eintracht Frankfurt (Frankfurt won 5-4 on pens). 3rd Place – Okzhetpes 0-3 FC Slovácko

UEFA Womens Champions League - Eintracht Frankfurt v Juventus
Geraldine Reuteler (Frankfurt) during the tie with Juventus at Deutsche Bank Park. (Julia Kneissl / SPP)

Group 3 Final – Paris FC 3-3 (aet) Arsenal (Paris won 4-2 on pens). 3rd Place – Linköping 3-0 FC Kryvbas

Group 4 Final – Celtic 2-2 (aet) Vålerenga (Vålerenga won 11-10 on pens). 3rd Place – Brøndby 2-1 FC Minsk

UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification - Linkoping FC v FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih - Bilborsen Arena
Yuka Momiki (29 Linkoping FC) in the game against Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih. (Peter Sonander/SPP)

Champions path 

Group 1 Final – Maccabi Qiryat Gat 0-0 Olimpia Cluj (Cluj won 4-3 on pens). 3rd Place – Ferencvárosi 7-0 Spartak Myjava

Group 2 Final – FC Vorskla 3-0 ŽNK Osijek. 3rd Place – Flora Tallinn 3-5 SFK 2000 Sarajevo

Group 3 Final – FC Samegrelo 0-3 Apollon Limassol. 3rd Place – NŠ Mura 7-1  ZFK Ljuboten

Group 4 Final – KuPS Kuopio 1-2 ŽFK Spartak Subotica. 3rd Place – KÍ Klaksvík 1-3 HB Køge

Group 5 Final – RSC Anderlecht 0-3 SK Brann. 3rd Place – GKS Katowice 0-0 Lokomotiv Stara Zagora (Katowice won 3-1 on pens)

Group 6 Final – SFK Rīga 0-4 SL Benfica. 3rd Place – Cliftonville 2-4 BIIK-Shymkent Kazygurt

Group 7 Final – Valur 2-1 KFF Vllaznia. 3rd Place – Belediyesi Fomget 6-0 Hajvalia

Group 8 Final – FC Gintra 0-3 Glasgow City. 3rd Place – Cardiff City FC 0-3 Shelbourne

Group 9 Final – PAOK 0-3 St. Pölten

Group 10 Final – FC Dinamo-BSUPC 0-3 Ajax

Group 11 Final – Birkirkara 1-3 FC Zürich

UEFA Womens Champions League qualifying - St Polten vs PAOK - NV Arena
Diana Lemesova (77 SKN St Polten) celebrating her goal against PAOK. (Tom Seiss/ SPP)

The round 2 draw on 15 September will set 12 ties to be played on 10/11 and 18/19 October, deciding who joins the direct group-stage entrants Barcelona, Lyon, Bayern München and Chelsea.

Round 2 is split into two paths: the champions path (with 14 teams competing for seven group places) and the league path (ten teams competing for five group spots). Both consist of two-legged ties.

The 15 teams progressing from round 1 join the clubs beginning at this stage, two-time champions and 2022/23 runners-up Wolfsburg, twice finalists Paris Saint-Germain, another of last season’s quarter-finalists in Roma and debutants Manchester United.

In the Champions path, the 11 winners of the round 1 finals join the three teams entering at this stage: Slavia Praha, Rosengård and Roma. Seven teams will emerge from as many ties to enter the group stage.

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