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Two precious away goals from Suzanne Lappin earned Glasgow City a draw in Belgium as they battled to a 2-2 with Standard Liege in the first leg of the last 32 of the UEFA Women's Champions League.
The away side started very comfortably and were the better of the two sides in the opening period but could not convert their early superiority into a goal. As the first half progressed Liege came more into the game and opened the scoring on 26 minutes when Vanity Lewerissa finished at the back post after a cross from the right was first blocked by the City defence.
City pushed hard for an equaliser with midfielders Jess Fishlock and Suzanne Lappin particularly impressive and it was Lappin who eventually equalised a minute before half time. Great play by Fishlock opened the play out to Nicky Docherty and the City full back crossed to Lappin at the back post and she volleyed brilliantly into the far bottom corner to get her side level at the break.
Just after the break, City went behind again, this time to a defensive error. Alexander raced off her line to clear a long ball which had evaded her defenders but the ball bounced up high off the turf and she misjudged her header and it skimmed off her head and behind, allowing Tessa Wullaert a tap in from five yards out. It was a rare mistake from the City number one who has been outstanding all season.
Despite the setback, City worked hard for the equaliser and it was Lappin once more with another great finish who got her side back in the game. Leanne Ross crossed from the right to Ruesha Littlejohn. The City striker's shot was blocked and ball was cleared to Lappin at the edge and she hit a low powerful drive into the bottom corner to get her second of the match in what could prove to be a crucial second away goal.
Glasgow City's home match against Standard Liege is at Petershil Park on Thursday 17th October, kick off 7pm. Tickets are available from Greaves Sports retail outlets in Glasgow City centre and from the Glasgow City website www.glasgowcityladiesfc.co.uk
Standard Liege: Sabrina Broos, Julie Gregoire, Cecile De Gernier, Julie Biesmans, Faustine Cartegnie, Maud Coutereels, Aline Zeler, Audrey Demoustier, Sanne Schoenmakers (sub Taika De Koker 78mins), Tessa Wullaert, Vanity Lewerissa. Subs not used: Kelly Ickmans, Riete Loos, Kim Mourmans.
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander, Suzanne Malone (sub Sarah Crilly 87mins), Leanne Ross, Rachel Corsie, Eilish McSorley, Joanne Love, Jessica Fishlock, Leanne Crichton, Ruesha Littlejohn (sub Christie Murray 69mins), Suzanne Lappin, Nicola Docherty. Subs not used: Danica Dalziel, Lisa Robertson, Danielle Pagliarulo, Cheryl Gallagher, Julie Nelson.
(Report by Laura Montgomery)
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