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Arsenal through to last eight
 Women's Football News 12 Nov 2009
 
Arsenal through to last eight - 12 Nov 2009 - Women's Football NewsArsenal 2 (Heroldova og 31, Little 55) Sparta Prague 0
Arsenal won 5-0 on aggregate

Arsenal eased into the quarter finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League as a goal in each half saw them to a second leg victory at Boreham Wood.
 
The Gunners were never at their best in this match after kicking off with a three-goal lead from the first leg but never looked in any trouble against a physical Sparta Prague side.
 
Much of the early play was confined to midfield with the only serious attempt on goal coming from a long range strike by Jayne Ludlow which was just over the bar.
 
Arsenal produced the clearest chance of the game so far as Katie Chapman broke down the right and pulled the ball back for Kim Little to drive a shot over from the edge of the area. Sparta then produced their first meaningful effort, a well struck 30-yard volley from Adela Pivonkova which brought out a good save from Emma Byrne.
 
Back came Arsenal with Little forcing a save from Lenka Gazdikova but the deadlock was broken just after the half hour. An inswinging corner from Little was deflected into her own net by Sparta captain Lucie Heroldova, under pressure from Gilly Flaherty, to kill off any lingering hopes of the Czech Republic side bringing off a comeback.
 
Rachel Yankey lifted a shot over the bar following a good pass from Little and Ludlow was inches over with a powerful 25-yard strike as Arsenal finished the half in the ascendancy and with a one-goal lead.
 
Sparta produced the first attempt on goal after the break, a shot from lively striker Katerina Doskova which ended in a corner.
 
However it was Arsenal who were to produce a telling piece of play and they doubled their lead as Helen Lander slid a through ball into the path of Little who buried her shot past Gazdikova and into the far corner of the net from just inside the area.
 
The game was littered with a number of fouls as Sparta tried to impose themselves physically on Arsenal but without much success. Indeed Arsenal could have gone further ahead as Ciara Grant's long ball picked out Ludlow and the ball fell for Lander who put her shot wide.
 
A sloppy piece of defending almost led to Sparta pulling a goal back as hesitation in the Arsenal back four allowed Lucie Kladrubska a free shot on goal but she failed to find the target.
 
Arsenal gave a late debut to young striker Danielle Carter who showed some very good touches and signs of a promising future. The Gunners finished the game strongly with Ludlow firing over from Jennifer Beattie's pass and Carter drilling a 20-yard shot inches past the post, but the damage had been done in the first leg and Arsenal can now look forward to a quarter final next March.
 
Arsenal: Emma Byrne, Niamh Fahey, Corinne Yorston, Jayne Ludlow, Gilly Flaherty, Katie Chapman, Ciara Grant, Kim Little (sub Laura Coombs 76mins), Helen Lander (sub Danielle Carter 76mins), Gemma Davison (sub Jennifer Beattie 58mins), Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Rebecca Spencer, Yvonne Tracy, Abbie Prosser, Lauren Bruton.

Sparta Prague: Lenka Gazdikova, Lucie Martinkova, Lucie Heroldova, Eva Bartinova (sub Michaela Culova 62mins), Katerina Doskova, Jana Selackova, Petra Vystejnova, Marketa Ringelova (sub Lucie Kladrubska 59mins), Iva Mocova, Lucia Ondrusova, Adela Pivonkova. Subs not used: Hana Sloupova, Irena Martinkova, Tereza Kozarova, Adela Bibrlova, Domenika Tylova.

 
Other second leg results:
 
Torres Calcio 4 SV Neulengbach 1
(Torres won 8-2 on aggregate)
Zvezda-2005 1 Roa IL 1
(agg 1-1; Roa won on away goals)
Linkoping 0 SV Duisburg 2
(Duisburg won 3-1 on aggregate)
Umea IK 1 Rossiyanka 1
(Umea won 2-1 on aggregate)
Bayern Munich 0 Montpellier 1 (aet)
(Montpellier won 1-0 on aggregate)
Brondby 0 Potsdam 4
(Potsdam won 5-0 on aggregate)

 
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