#UWCL: Glasgow City go through on sudden-death penalties

Valur v Glasgow City
Photo: Tommy Hughes

Glasgow City edged Valur Reykjavík after a shoot-out in the UEFA Women’s Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round.

It was the second time this season that the Scottish champions have progressed on penalties.

The first half produced few chances but Kirsty Howat had perhaps the best, but pulled a shot wide at the second attempt.

Six minutes after the restart, Scott Booth’s side were ahead, Hayley Lauder’s free kick nodded down by Jenna Clark and Leanne Crichton firing the ball into the roof of the net.

Lee Alexander came out off the box but her attempted clearance was charged down and with the keeper floored, Valur got the loose ball ver but Jo Love headed off the goal line.

Valur v Glasgow City
Photo: Tommy Hughes

However, from the resulting corner taken by Hallbera Guðný Gísladóttir, Alexander could only help the ball in off the upright, as the tie was levelled inside the last dozen minutes.

Alexander did well to deny Elin Metta Jensen right at the start of extra-time, then came off her line to snatch the ball off Jensen’s feet.

Alexander saved the first spot-kick and after it was 3-3 from five penalties each, City converted their sixth but the hosts put theirs wide.

Commenting, City Head Scott Booth said: “I am so proud of this group of players. Valur are an excellent side with real quality and I thought in the first half we were particularly good and despite conditions deteriorating as the game wore on, we kept going right till the end of extra time. Once again my team stepped up when it mattered and we got through on penalties. They deserve to be in the last 32 and we welcome whoever we get in the Round of 32.”

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