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Valur Reykjavik 0 Glasgow City 3 (Gisladottir og 10, Evans 60,62)
Glasgow City won 4-1 on aggregate
Glasgow City made Scottish history once again as they defeated Valur Reykjavik 3-0 in Iceland to progress to the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League.
After a tense 1-1 draw at Petershill Park last week, City needed to win away and they did not disappoint.
The first real chance in the match for the Scottish Champions came after less than five minutes when Jane Ross picked out a good run from Leanne Ross leaving the City midfielder with only the keeper to beat, but Megan McCray in the Valur goals saved well.
Although denied on that occasion, City were to take the lead on the ten minute mark. Some good passing play from City saw Clare Gemmell open the game out to Emma Mitchell and she combined brilliantly with Lisa Evans to break down to the touchline before whipping in an fierce drive across the six yard box which Valur's Hallbera Gisladottir could only turn into their own net under immense pressure from the City strike force.
As the midway point in the half approached Valur were almost undone again, as Jo Love tried an audacious drive to catch the keeper off her line, but shot just over the bar. Moments later Emma Mitchell attempted a shot from outside the box which had McCray scrambling, but the effort went wide of the keeper's left hand post.
The home side then had their best chance of the match when striker Elin Metta Jensen broke through the heart of the City defence but shot wide under pressure from Leanne Ross.
Not long after the restart and City almost went further ahead as Jane Ross beat two defenders before firing in a low cross which McCray was unable to hold. A scramble ensued in the Valur box, before the home side eventually managed to clear.
City did however double their advantage as Jane Ross once more got the better of the full back before delivering a powerful cross from the touch line. Valur's American keeper Megan McCray dived to keep the cross out, but could only palm it towards Lisa Evans who stroked home with the Valur defence trying to cover back.
Less than a minute later and Evans scored again. A long ball from Eilish McSorley, found Evans and the City striker beat her defender before racing in on goal and calmly slotted past McCray. It was two excellent composed finishes from the young City striker.
Evans was nearly sent through on goal for her hat-trick when with less than ten minutes left, great play by Leanne Ross almost releasing Evans, who was only denied by an impressive last minute tackle by Mist Edvardsdottir in the heart of the Valur defence.
Moments later and Eilish McSorley showed City's own defensive capabilities with an outstanding tackle of her own in the City penalty box as Valur raced through on goal.
The icing on the cake would have been 4-0 and City should have made it so, when Kat Lindner set up her team mates, but it was not to be and the match ended 3-0 on the day, giving City a 4-1 win on aggregate.
Glasgow City will now face FFC Turbine Potsdam, one of the best teams in the world, who won the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2005, 2010 and of course were beaten finalists this year.
Valur Reykjavik: Megan McCray, Malfridur Sigurdardottir, Mist Edvardsdottir, Rakel Logadottir, Elin Metta Jensen (sub Kristin Bjarnadottir 59mins), Hallbera Gisladottir, Caitlin Miskel (sub Katrin Gylfadottir 80mins), Hildur Antonsdottir, Embla Gretarsdottir, Holmfridur Magnusdottir (sub Bjork Gunnarsdottir 64mins), Laufey Olafsdottir. Subs not used: Thordis Maria Aikman, Pala Einarsdottir, Telma Olafsdottir, Thorgerdur Magnusdottir.
Glasgow City: Claire Johnstone, Emma Fernon, Emma Mitchell, Danica Dalziel, Eilish McSorley, Joanne Love (sub Emma Woolley 82mins), Clare Gemmell (sub Jill Paterson 90mins), Leanne Ross, Lisa Evans, Jane Ross, Christie Murray (sub Katharina Lindner 75mins). Subs not used: Lee Alexander, Amy McDonald, Ciara Barnes, Laura Williamson.
(Report by Laura Montgomery)
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