UWCL Quarter-final 1st Legs:
Wednesday 22nd March
Rosengård 0-1 Barcelona
Thursday 23rd March
Bayern Münich 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain
Fortuna Hjørring 0-1 Manchester City
Wolfsburg 0-2 Olympique Lyonnais
Barca Bag Away Win
Barcelona will have a lead to defend at home next Wednesday as they seek to reach the semi-finals for the first time. They had more than held their own throughout the first half when in added time, with Lotta Schelin down injured for Rosengård, Leila Ouahabi took advantage of confusion in the home box to put the visitors ahead on her 24th birthday.
New Rosengård signing Sanne Troelsgaard Nielsen came on for Schelin but despite having the better of the second haf, and Barcelona’s Andressa Alves going off injured, the Swedish team could not level the game as they seek to avoid a fifth quarter-final exit in six seasons.
Lyon Winners In Wolfsburg
Holders Olympique Lyonnais look favourites in their tie after scoring twice in the last half-hour at last year’s beaten finalists Wolfsburg.
Alex Morgan hit the post for Lyon but Camile Abily’s 62nd-minute free-kick cleared Almuth Schult for the opener.
Twelve minutes later and Dzsenifer Marozsán rifled the ball beyond the reach of the keeper to double the lead.
The hosts nearly pulled one back but Sarah Bouhaddi kicked a point-blank shot from Tessa Wullaert on to the post.
Miedema Makes It Advantage Munich
Injury-hit Bayern Munich ground out a narrow victory in front of their record crowd of 7,300, which included Carlo Ancelotti, as PSG dominated without scoring.
Tinja-Riikka Korpela was the home side’s hero in goal but it was Vivianne Miedema who broke the deadlock with 18 minutes to go, firing home from the edge of the box to bank a 1-0 advantage to take to Paris.
Carli Conjours Up Crucial Away Goal
Carli Lloyd marked her Champions League debut with a goal as Man City handed themselves the advantage with a 1-0 win at the Bredband Nord Arena.
Lucy Bronze struck the woodwork but Lloyd found the net on 36 minutes with a bullet header a Jane Ross delivery, after Jill Scott had won possession.
Fortuna were largely restricted to long-range attempts although Karen Bardsley was forced to tip over one effort.
Steph Houghton saw a header cleared off the line and Lucy Bronze was thwarted by Marie Christiansen and then headed the rebound wide.
The second legs are all on 29th March except for Man City’s home tie, which is a day later at the Academy Arena, kick-off 7pm.
The semi-finals are set for 22/23 & 29/30 April, when Rosengård or Barcelona play Bayern Munich or PSG and Fortuna or Man. City meet Wolfsburg or Lyon, with the final then on 1st June at Cardiff City Stadium.
Pictured – Carli Lloyd’s crucial away goal celebrated. (mancity.com)