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Glasgow City reached the last 32 of the UEFA Women's Champions League after an impressive 4-0 win over Ukrainian Champions Zhilstroy-1 at Airdrie Stadium.
Going into the match, City needed to win with Zhilstroy-1 boasting a better goal difference and the Scottish Champions did not disappoint with a controlled display and goals from Denise O'Sullivan (2), Jo Love and Fiona Brown securing their path to the elite knockout round.
City took the lead on eight minutes. Great play by Fiona Brown down the left saw the City striker cut the ball back to Leanne Crichton on the edge of the box. The City and Scotland midfielder hit a sweet strike towards the bottom corner which was well saved by Iryna Sanina in the Zhilstory goal, but the keeper could only parry the ball out and City's Denise O'Sullivan made no mistake to fire her side into the lead from a tight angle.
Less than ten minutes later and City were 2-0 up. A clever corner from Susan Fairlie and Fiona Brown led to a cross into the box which Jo Love headed past Sanina to give her side a good advantage at the break.
In the second half, City remained in full control and scored a quite brilliant third when the impressive Brown took on three defenders on the edge of the box before unleashing a thunderous strike into the back of the net and in turn score her first ever Champions League goal.
O'Sullivan then ensured City's safe path through to the last 32 when she shot home from eight yards out on the 63rd minute.
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander (sub Autumn Farrell 86mins), Nicola Docherty, Emma Black (sub Julie Nelson 88mins), Fiona Brown, Eilish McSorley, Joanne Love, Denise O'Sullivan, Leanne Crichton, Cheryl McCulloch, Abbi Grant (sub Carla Boyce 79mins), Susan Fairlie. Subs not used: Nikola Deiter, Lauren McMurchie, Kodie Hay, Courtney Whyte.
Zhilstroy-1: Iryna Sanina, Maryna Masalska, Yelizaveta Kostyuchenko, Oksana Znaidenova, Valentyna Kotyk, Olha Ovdiychuk, Ganna Voronina (sub Mariya Tykhonova 65mins), Khrystyna Ieromenko (sub Yana Malakhova 65mins), Tetyana Apollonina, Taisiia Nesterenko, Ganna Mozolska. Subs not used: Iryna Piduyko, Yulia Denisenko, Oxana Pozharskaja, Alina Svergun, Anna Denisenko.
Photo: Denise O'Sullivan celebrates after scoring Glasgow City's opening goal (Graeme Berry).
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