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Glasgow City 4 (Grant 55, Ross pen 64, Love 81, Lappin 87)
FC Zurich Frauen 2 (Zehnder 45, Humm 66)
Glasgow City won 5-4 on aggregate
Two goals in the last ten minutes gave Glasgow City the biggest win in their history and took them through to the quarter finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time.
The Scottish Champions went into the match trailing 2-1 from the first leg and with two key defenders out suspended but were given a pre-match boost when striker Fiona Brown was passed fit to play.
City started the game brightly with Brown looking sharp on the flanks but the sting was taken out of the game as Zurich midfielder Meriame Terchoun fell heavily and, following a delay of six minutes, was stretchered off and taken to hospital with a head injury.
Once the game got underway again, Morgan Marlborough was narrowly off target with a header and Emma Black had a shot saved by Seraina Friedli.
Abbi Grant brought out another save and Suzanne Lappin saw an effort blocked from a corner but as the game went into first half injury time, it was City's turn to be dealt a bad injury when goalkeeper Lee Alexander made a brave save at the feet of Fabienne Humm and, although she was able to carry on until half time, she had to be substituted with a broken collarbone.
In the meantime, disaster had struck with City finding themselves a goal behind. Nine minutes had been played over time when a corner by Natasha Gensetter was cleared as far as the edge of the area where Cinzia Zehnder drove a shot into the corner of the net.
With Nikola Deiter taking over in goal, City were forced onto the attack as the second half began but this brought reward within ten minutes. Friedli failed to hold on to a free kick taken by Leanne Ross and Grant reacted quickest, clipping the loose ball into the net for the equaliser.
One goal would now level things up overall and it was to come nine minutes later. Denise O'Sullivan burst into the area where she was brought down by Nina Stapelfeldt and a penalty was awarded. Ross stepped up to beat Friedli from the spot and the aggregate score was now 3-3.
However just as City were looking like taking charge, two minutes later they left themselves with a lot to do. Julia Stierli's ball to the far post picked out an unmarked Humm and she made no mistake to give the Swiss side a precious second away goal.
This meant that City needed to score twice in order to avoid going out. Denise O'Sullivan did have a shot saved but with nine minutes left, the home side were back in it following a Ross corner which had been cleared, but Joanne Love gave Friedli no chance with a 20-yard effort to put her side back in front on the night.
City piled forward in search of a fourth and got the breakthrough they craved with three minutes left on the clock. Ross was again heavily involved, this time playing a free kick, following a foul on O'Sullivan, into the area where Lappin stole in to glance a header past the oncoming Friedli.
City still needed to negotiate the remaining minutes but did so without any further scares and can now look forward to unchartered territory in March. They will discover their quarter final opponents in next Wednesday's draw.
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander (sub Nikola Deiter 45mins), Cheryl McCulloch, Emma Black, Leanne Ross, Eilish McSorley, Joanne Love, Denise O'Sullivan, Fiona Brown, Morgan Marlborough (sub Susan Fairlie 79mins), Suzanne Lappin, Abbi Grant. Subs not used: Lauren McMurchie, Maxine Welsh, Kodie Hay, Carla Boyce, Courtney Whyte.
FC Zurich Frauen: Seraina Friedli, Riana Fischer, Barbara Beutler (sub Mirjine Selimi 79mins), Cinzia Zehnder, Marina Keller, Natasha Gensetter, Meriame Terchoun (sub Sandrine Mauron 24mins), Julia Stierli, Nina Stapelfeldt, Fabienne Humm, Barla Deplazes (sub Melanie Muller 61mins). Subs not used: Nicole Studer, Nicole Remund, Sandra Aloi.
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