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Bristol Academy 0
FFC Frankfurt 5 (Boquete 35, Schmidt 45, Marozsan 65, Islacker 77, Garefrekes 80)
Bristol Academy's first ever appearance in the quarter finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League turned into a humbling experience as they found Frankfurt to be far too strong in the first leg at Ashton Gate.
But for a string of saves by the superb Mary Earps, including a first half penalty, and some timely blocks by Loren Dykes, the margin of victory could have been far greater.
The pattern of the game was established from the early stages with Frankfurt controlling possession and dictating the pace of play. They fashioned an early chance when Kerstin Garefrekes got down the right and her low cross picked out Veronica Boquete whose shot was blocked by Dykes.
Ceilia Sasic was just off target with an overhead kick after a corner had not been cleared but at the other end, Academy had their first sight on goal when Sophie Ingle tried her luck from long range with a shot that dipped just over.
It was all Frankfurt from here though with Sasic heading wide at the far post from a Bianca Schmidt cross and Simone Laudehr volleying past the post from a corner.
The impressive Schmidt was causing all sorts of problems when marauding forward on the right and one run took her into the area where she was brought down by Georgia Evans. A penalty was awarded and Sasic stepped up but Earps dived to her right to save and, along with Dykes, managed to prevent Boquete from slotting home the rebound.
Earps once again made an excellent smothering save after Sasic had burst into the area but the pressure eventually told. Sasic finished off a good move by setting up Boquete to sweep the ball home from ten yards and Frankfurt were in front.
Laudehr headed wide from a Schmidt cross as Frankfurt pushed for a second goal and it came on the stroke of half time. Schmidt again broke down the right and took on Lauren Townsend, cutting inside before her shot took a deflection off Jaz Matthews and past a wrongfooted Earps.
Sasic was close to a third goal in the opening minute of the second half when she fired over from a Garefrekes cross. Academy tried to respond with Ingle having a shot charged down but it was only a fleeting moment of attack, back came Frankfurt with Jessica Fishlock and Marith Priessen both having headers saved.
Boquete lifted a shot over the bar following a good move involving Schmidt and Sasic but the third goal was not too long in coming. After Fishlock had initially won a tackle, she found Boquete who combined with Sasic to set up Dzsenifer Marozsan, the midfielder drilling a powerful shot into the roof of the net.
Frankfurt continued to press with a huge goalmouth scramble which Academy just about managed to survive and substitute Mandy Islacker had a shot deflected just wide. However from the resulting corner, the Academy defence could not get the ball clear and Islacker fired home off the underside of the bar.
The fifth goal came just three minutes later, Schmidt crossed from the right and Islacker's looping shot was touched onto the bar by a back pedalling Earps, Garefrekes reacting quickest to tuck home the rebound.
There was brief respite for Academy as they won a free kick on the edge of the box but Nikki Watts sent her shot into the wall. Frankfurt ended the match on the front foot, with Matthews charging down a shot by Islacker who also sent an effort wide from Fishlock's lay off.
Bristol Academy: Mary Earps, Loren Dykes, Lauren Townsend, Jaz Matthews, Grace McCatty, Sophie Ingle, Georgia Evans (sub Hayley Ladd 56mins), Angharad James, Christie Murray (sub Nadia Lawrence 74mins), Nikki Watts, Gabriella Bird (sub Sharla Passariello 60mins). Subs not used: Frankie Brown, Alice Evans.
FFC Frankfurt: Anne-Katherine Kremer, Bianca Schmidt (sub Kozue Ando 81mins), Peggy Kuznik, Katherine Hendrich, Marith Priessen, Jessica Fishlock, Veronica Boquete, Kerstin Garefrekes (sub Svenja Hoth 84mins), Ceilia Sasic (sub Mandy Islacker 74mins), Dzsenifer Marozsan, Simone Laudeher. Subs not used: Laura Storzel, Anke Preuss, Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic.
(top) Simone Laudehr volleys a shot just wide
(middle) Kerstin Garefrekes is closed down by Jaz Matthews
(bottom) Bianca Schmidt takes on Lauren Townsend
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