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City qualify for knockout phase
 Women's Football News 14 Aug 2013
 
City qualify for knockout phase - 14 Aug 2013 - Women's Football News

 
Glasgow City reached the knockout round of the last 32 of the Champions League after a 2-0 win over Dutch Champions FC Twente to top Group Eight and bring Champions League football home to Petershill Park. 
 
City only needed a draw going into the game and almost got off to the perfect start as Ruesha Littlejohn fired a cross into the box for strike partner Denise O'Sullivan in the opening minute. The Republic of Ireland international struck her shot first time towards the bottom corner, only to be denied by an outstanding save from Sari Van Veenendaal in the Twente net, who somehow turned the effort around the post.
 
Twente had their first opportunity on 14 minutes when Dutch international Sherida Spitse hit a shot over the bar from distance. The midfielder was to receive a yellow card for a late challenge on Joanne Love on 39 minutes and that challenge was to prove costly as Leanne Ross sent the resultant free kick into the box for captain Rachel Corsie to head into the back of the net to give her side a precious lead.
 
Minutes later and Van Veenendaal produced her second outstanding save of the match as she denied a goalbound Suzanne Lappin header after another City set piece delivery from Ross to keep her side in the game at the interval.
 
Twente, who needed to win to progress, pushed hard for an equaliser in the second half but rarely threatened Lee Alexander in the City goal, with their nearest attempt being thwarted by an excellent tackle by Corsie in the six yard box.
 
Lappin almost doubled City's advantage in the last five minutes, but headed another excellent Ross set piece delivery just wide of the post.
 
As Twente pushed to try and get an equaliser in added time, O'Sullivan broke free on the counter attack and raced into the box with only Van Veenendaal to beat. The Twente number one pulled off another fine save, but could only parry the shot wide, which substitute Sarah Crilly took full advantage of to fire into the back of the empty net to give City a magnificent result in Enschede.
 
Commenting on the game and his side's achievement, Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: "A big congratulations to all the players and staff. We knew this was going to be a very tough campaign and I think we showed a real Scottish determination to get the right result. I cannot recall them being a threat on Lee Alexander's goal and I thought tactically the team performed magnificently. It is a proud day not just for Glasgow City but for Scotland."
 
The draw for the Round of 32 will take place on 5th September and Glasgow City join English entrants Arsenal and Birmingham City at that stage, while FC Twente also made it through as one of the best placed runners-up. 
 
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander, Nicola Docherty, Emily Thomson (sub Sarah Crilly 87mins), Rachel Corsie, Eilish McSorley, Joanne Love (sub Lisa Robertson 83mins), Leanne Ross, Leanne Crichton, Ruesha Littlejohn, Suzanne Lappin, Denise O'Sullivan (sub Julie Nelson 90mins). Subs not used: Danica Dalziel, Lauren McMurchie, Danielle Pagliarulo, Cheryl Gallagher.

FC Twente: Sari van Veenendaal, Jill Roord, Suzanne Marees, Kirsten Bakker, Siri Worm, Vera Berends (sub Larissa Wigger 64mins), Shanice van de Sanden, Sherida Spitse, Anouk Dekker, Maayke Heuver, Lisa Bosveld (sub Marthe-Emilie Munsterman 72mins). Subs not used: Veerle Willekens, Judith Westervelt, Danique Kerkdijk, Josien Jansen.


 
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