#UWCL: Gunners and Glasgow City get through to group finals

Arsenal won their UWCL 1st Rd semi-final
Nikita Parris shoots on goal for Arsenal against Okzheptes. (Mikhail Sinitsyn/Sports Press Photo)

Arsenal and Glasgow City both made it through to their UEFA Women’s Champions League 1st Round group finals.

Defeats though for Swansea City after extra-time, Celtic, Glentoran and Peamount United, who now all play for third place in their respective groups.

League path semi-finals

Group 1: Nicole Billa got the only goal as Hoffenheim edged Valur, Valentina Giacinti’s second goal eight minutes from time saw AC Milan defeat Zürich 2-1.

Group 2: An Alice Nilsson effort gave Kristianstad the win over Brøndby, Bordeaux’s former West Ham keeper Anna Moorhouse conceded an own-goal equaliser in added time but Vanessa Gilles spared her blushes by immediately replying for a 2-1 win against Slovácko.

Group 3: Celtic went down 2-1 to Levante, Caitlin Hayes halving the deficit midway through the second period. Former Reading player Lisa-Marie Utland scored Rosenborg’s winner in the 2-1 defeat of Minsk, who will now face Celtic at 5pm (UK time) on Saturday for third place.

Group 4: Arsenal saw off Kazakhstan’s Okzhetpes 4-0, a goal each coming from Mana Iwabuchi and a Kim Little penalty in the first 18 minutes, Beth Mead and Nikita Parris adding second-half singles. The Gunners will play PSV Eindhoven in Saturday’s final (5pm UK time), after the Dutch side quickly recovered from conceding an early goal to overcome Lokomotiv Moskva 3-1.

Champions path semi-finals

Glasgow City beat Birkirkara 3-0
Glasgow City’s Clare Shine celebrates with teammates after scoring from distance. (Photo: Colin Poultney/PSI via Imago)

Group 1: Breidablik sank KÍ Klaksvík 7-0 and now go up against Gintra, who beat Flora Tallinn 2-0.

Group 2: Glasgow City beat Malta’s Birkirkara 3-0, with Clare Shine, Priscilla Chinchilla and Vital Kats all scoring before the interval. The Scottish champions will face BIIK-Shymkent in Saturday’s final (8pm, UK time), after the Kazakhs beat Slovan Bratislava with four unanswered goals.

Group 3: Tessa Wullaert was on target as Anderlecht beat Hayasa 3-0, the Belgians go on to meet Osijek who put five goals past Breznica Pljevlja.

Group 4: Racing FC Union became the first Luxembourg side to win a UWCL match, Precellia Rinaldi got the goal to defeat SFK 2000 Sarajevo. Benfica beat Qiryat-Gat 4-0.

Group 5: Servette’s former Bristol Academy and Reading player Jade Boho Sayo scored just two minutes into the game with Glentoran, which proved to be the decider. Olimpia Cluj lost out 4-0 to hosts Åland United.

Group 6: Late drama saw Swansea City go behind to CSKA Moskva but then force extra-time with a Chloe Chivers leveller. But the Russians quickly regained the lead and went on to win 4-1. Apollon were also taken to extra-time by Dinamo-BSUPC before winning 2-0. The Swans meet Dinamo on Saturday for third place, kick-off 4.45pm UK time.

Group 7: PAOK put six past Agarista Anenii Noi with three from Esse Akida, Elise Hove Thorsnes netted a late treble as Vålerenga were 5-0 victors over Mitrovica.

Group 8: Juventus thrashed Kamenica Sasa 12-0 as Arianna Caruso contributed a hat-trick. St. Pölten sent Beşiktaş to a 7-0 loss, Stefanie Enzinger with a hat-trick inside the first half-hour.

Group 9: Peamount United lost out to Spartak Subotica 5-2,Tijana Filipović with a four-goal haul, AIne O’Gorman and Eleanor Ryan-Doyle pulling goals back. The Peas now play WFC Nike who suffered a 9-0 defeat by FC Twente, Fenna Kalma featuring with a four-goal haul.

Group 10: Kharkiv struck four second-half goals to beat NSA Sofia 5-1, Pomurje Beltinci went one better in their victory over Rīgas Futbola skola.

Group 11: Ferencváros just got the better of Czarni Sosnowiec with a Fanni Vágó winner and now play Vllaznia.

The third-place games followed hours later by the finals will be played on Saturday, other than two groups that finish on Friday. Round 2 will be drawn this Sunday and live streamed at 12pm UK time, with ties played over 31 August/1 September & 8/9 September.

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