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FCR 2001 Duisburg 2 (Laudehr 22, Grings pen 79) Everton 1 (Harries 90)
Duisburg won 5-2 on aggregate
Despite giving it their best shot, Everton bowed out of the UEFA Women's Champions League after a 2-1 defeat to FCR Duisburg in the second leg of their quarter final.
Mo Marley's side made a good start to the game with Gwennan Harries going close and Natasha Dowie heading wide from a Jody Handley cross. Everton also had claims for a penalty after Dowie appeared to be brought down by Duisburg goalkeeper Christina Bellinghoven.
Both teams were finding it hard to cope with a diabolical playing surface which made passing along the floor almost impossible. Nevertheless Everton continued to dictate the opening stages until being hit by a sucker punch in the 22nd minute.
Mandy Islacker's ball across goal took a wicked deflection off Lindsay Johnson and Rachel Brown did well to backpedal and turn the ball over the bar. However from the resulting corner, Simon Laudehr found space amongst three Everton defenders to power home an unstoppable header for the opening goal.
Everton continued to go forward with Fern Whelan heading straight at Bellinghoven and Jill Scott seeing a shot charged down. Duisburg were happy to sit back but looked dangerous when going forward themselves and the scored remained 1-0 at the interval.
The second half began with Everton desperately needing to find a way back into the game but chances were few at either end with a strong Duisburg defence keeping the Toffees at bay.
It seemed as though the game was starting to drift towards a 1-0 result but, with eleven minutes left, Duisburg were handed a golden opportunity to double their lead as Whelan was harshly penalised for holding on to Femke Maes and a penalty was awarded. Inka Grings stepped up and calmly sent Brown the wrong way for her side's second goal.
To their credit, Everton did not give up and finished the game strongly as they sought a consolation. Fara Williams forced a fine diving save from Bellinghoven as her 25-yard free kick looked destined for the corner of the net and Lucy Bronze headed over the bar from a centre by Harries.
Everton did have the last word as they found the net in injury time, Brooke Chaplen releasing Harries on goal where she slotted home past the oncoming Bellinghoven.
Duisburg: Christina Bellinghoven, Marina Himmighofen, Anne van Bonn (sub Linda Bresonik 73mins), Mandy Islacker, Sonja Fuss (sub Annike Krahn 59mins), Jennifer Oster, Kozue Ando (sub Turid Knaak 55mins), Annemieke Kiesel-Griffioen, Inka Grings, Femke Maes, Simone Laudehr. Subs not used: Anke Preuss, Barbara Muller, Stefanie Weichelt.
Everton: Rachel Brown, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Unitt, Fara Williams, Fern Whelan, Lindsay Johnson, Jody Handley (sub Brooke Chaplen 66mins), Jill Scott, Natasha Dowie, Gwennan Harries, Toni Duggan (sub Nikita Parris 84mins). Subs not used: Danielle Hill, Becky Easton, Michelle Hinnigan, Alex Greenwood, Amy Kane.
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