Arsenal Women, Celtic and Glasgow City into UWCL group finals

UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification - Arsenal FC v Linkoping FC
Caitlin Foord gave Arsenal the lead over Linkoping FC in Sweden (Peter Sonander/SPP)

Arsenal, Celtic and Glasgow City are three of the sides to make the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round 1 group finals.

Caitlin Foord broke the deadlock for Arsenal eight minutes after the restart against Linkoping, after Kim Little saw her first-half penalty saved. A second headed goal followed from Lina Hurtig and Stina Blackstenius added a late third goal to make it 3-0. The Gunners will meet Paris FC on Saturday, after the French side beat FC Kryvbas 4-0.

Celtic claimed their first-ever win in the UWCL, edging Brondby 1-0 in Oslo. Kelly Clark’s second-half effort saw the Hoops make the group final.

Glasgow City struck twice after the break through Brenna Lovera and Lauren Davidson to beat Shelbourne 2-0, with Gintra their opponents in Saturday’s group final.

Gintra were 2-0 winners over Cardiff City FC, Juliet Bassey converting a first-half penalty and doubling the advantage early in the second period.

Cliftonville suffered an 8-1 thrashing at the hands of Benfica, but Caitlin McGuinness netted the Reds’ first European goal.

League path semi-finals

Group 1 – FC Twente 6-0 SK Sturm Graz, Levante 4-0 Stjarnan

Group 2 – Juventus 6-0 WFC Okzhetpes, Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 FC Slovácko

Group 3 – Paris FC 4-0 FC Kryvbas, Arsenal 3-0 Linköping

Group 4 – Brøndby 0-1 Celtic, FC Minsk 1-3 Vålerenga

UEFA Women’s Champions League qualification - Paris FC v FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih - Bilborsen Arena
Julie Dufour (Paris FC) celebrates a goal against FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih. (Peter Sonander/SPP)

Champions path semi-finals

Group 1 – Ferencvárosi 2-2 (aet) Maccabi Qiryat Gat (Maccabi won 3-1 on pens), Olimpia Cluj 6-2 Spartak Myjava

Group 2 – FC Vorskla 4-3 (aet) Flora Tallinn, SFK 2000 Sarajevo 0-4 ŽNK Osijek

Group 3 – NŠ Mura 0-0 (aet) FC Samegrelo (Samegrelo won 5-4 on pens), Apollon Limassol 9-0 ZFK Ljuboten

Group 4 – HB Køge 1-2 KuPS Kuopio, ŽFK Spartak Subotica 7-0 KÍ Klaksvík

Group 5 – RSC Anderlecht 5-0 GKS Katowice, SK Brann 5-0 Lokomotiv Stara Zagora

Group 6 – BIIK-Shymkent 0-1 SFK Rīga, SL Benfica 8-1 Cliftonville

Group 7 – Valur 2-1 AB Belediyesi Fomget, KFF Vllaznia 4-2 KFF EP-Hajvalia

Group 8 – FC Gintra 2-0 Cardiff City FC, Glasgow City 2-0 Shelbourne

Group 9 – PAOK 6-1 Racing FC Union Luxembourg. Bye: St. Pölten

Group 10 – FC Dinamo-BSUPC 9-0 CSF Agarista Anenii Noi. Bye: Ajax

Group 11 – FK Breznica 0-1 Birkirkara. Bye: FC Zürich

Round 1 Finals/third-place play-offs: 9 September, Round 2 draw 15 September.

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