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Birmingham City took a huge stride towards the last eight in the UEFA Women's Champions League with a superb 2-0 victory in the first leg away to FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk.
The Blues had never played at this stage of the competition before but kept their third successive clean sheet and a goal in each half gives them a great advantage going into the second leg at St Andrews on Wednesday.
Birmingham started the game well with Jo Potter having a shot saved before Issy Christiansen gave them the lead in the 27th minute.
Rebecca Spencer needed to save from Elena Morozova at the other end but the Blues continued to look dangerous going forward and Karen Carney had a shot blocked whilst a Jade Moore effort was saved by Maria Zhamanakova shortly before half time.
Zorkiy inflicted early pressure in the second half but Birmingham took a firm grip on the game when Potter doubled their lead on 56 minutes.
Birmingham closed the game out from this point and will now set their sights on completing the job in the return meeting.
FK Zorkiy Krasnogorsk: Maria Zhamanakova, Adriana Parente, Natalia Russkikh (sub Nadezhda Genkeneva 37mins), Nick Ashley (sub Olesya Kurochkina 79mins), Elena Medved, Vira Dyatel, Amy Barczuk, Svetlana Tsydikova, Elena Morozova, Maria Ruiz (sub Alyssa Mautz 45mins), Ekaterina Sochneva. Subs not used: Chante Sandiford, Lyubov Bukashkina, Anastasia Slonova, Anastasia Kostyukova.
Birmingham City: Rebecca Spencer, Chelsea Weston, Kerys Harrop, Jade Moore (sub Cristina Torkildsen 90mins), Emily Westwood, Laura Bassett, Issy Christiansen, Katie Wilkinson, Kirsty Linnett, Karen Carney, Jo Potter. Subs not used: Mary Earps, Melissa Lawley, Aoife Mannion.
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