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Glasgow City topped Group Eight in the First Round of the UEFA Women's Champions League after drawing 1-1 with Finnish Champions PK-35 Vantaa, to progress through to the last 32 knockout stages of the tournament.
Jane Ross got City off to a perfect start, scoring after only four minutes after a great ball from Eilish McSorley and the City and Scotland forward collected the ball brilliantly before lobbing it over the outrushing keeper.
Against the run of play, PK-35 equalised beating the offside trap to race through on the City goal unopposed and Nigerian striker Cynthia Uwak rounded Claire Johnstone in the City net to score with ease.
City passed up the chance to go in front again as Leanne Ross saw her penalty saved after Christie Murray was brought down in the box as she rounded the goalkeeper, who received a yellow card for her troubles.
Despite dominating possession and creating numerous chances, the game finished 1-1, which in the end was all City needed as they finished top of the group on goal difference and now progress to Europe's elite knockout stages for the record breaking second year running. PK-35 also qualify as one of the two runners-up with the best records.
Commenting on the match, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, "We are delighted to be in the next round. This was our objective and we have achieved it. Probably the most pleasing thing for me is to see the girls so disappointed not to have won the game. They have set such high standards for themselves that topping the group isn't good enough for them, they wanted to win this match.
"I knew with ten minutes to go a draw would see us through, but we were determined to remain true to our philosophy and we continued to push forward to win the match. Congratulations to everyone involved in the club on another great achievement."
The other teams to go through to the knockout phase are BIIK Shymkent, CFF Olimpia Cluj, RTP Unia Raciborz, Apollon Limassol, MTK Hungaria, WFC SFK 2000 Sarajevo and FC Zurich - whose side includes Inka Grings. PK-35 and Spartak Jaffa are the two runners-up who also join the 22 top ranked teams for the draw which takes place on 23rd August.
Glasgow City: Claire Johnstone, Nicola Docherty, Danica Dalziel, Rachel Corsie, Eilish McSorley, Joanne Love, Leanne Ross, Leanne Crichton, Emma Mitchell, Jane Ross, Christie Murray (sub Katharina Lindner 66mins). Subs not used: Lee Alexander, Danielle Pagliarulo, Julie Melrose, Jennifer Callaghan, Ashley McDonald, Ciara Barnes.
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