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Chelsea hold nerve to go through
 Women's Football Club News - 14 Oct 2017
 
Chelsea have made it through to the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League after surviving a late onslaught by Bayern Munich and although they were beaten 2-1 on the night, Fran Kirby's strike on the hour was enough to take them through on away goals.
 
Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Chelsea were put under early pressure by the home side and they passed up a great chance to take the lead when Mandy Islacker fired over with the goal gaping after Hedvig Lindahl had parried the initial shot.
 
Chelsea came more into the game as the half wore on but with really creating any threatening chances, until Magdalena Eriksson unleashed a rasping 30-yard shot which brought out an excellent save from Manuela Zinsberger.
 
The scoreline was goalless at the interval and remained in the balance until the hour mark. Ramona Bachmann threaded an inch perfect through ball into the path of Fran Kirby who raced through on goal and drew Zinsberger before clipping the ball over the keeper to give her side a precious away goal.
 
This left Bayern requiring three goals but they were not yet finished, grabbing themselves a lifeline after the Chelsea defender were unable to clear a corner and Fridolina Rolfo forced the ball home from close range. Seven minutes later, another Bayern corner led to them going in front on the night, this time Lucie Vonkova bundled in the rebound after Lindahl had saved her initial shot.
 
All of a sudden, Chelsea found themselves hanging on as Bayern pressed hard for what would be a decisive third. Domenika Skorvankova had a shot deflected inches wide, Millie Bright survived a penalty appeal when the ball appeared to strike her arm and Simone Laudehr did get the ball in the net but play had been stopped for an earlier foul. Karen Carney had a great chance at the other end as she broke through on goal but shot tamely at Zinsberger. Otherwise, Chelsea, ran down the clock and kept the ball in the Bayern half for most of injury time to finally secure an away goals victory.
 
Manchester City meanwhile eased into the Round of 16 with a 6-0 aggregate victory over SKN St Polten, secured by a 3-0 win at the Academy Stadium.
 
Despite their commanding three-goal advantage from the first leg, Nick Cushing named a strong side at the Academy Stadium, eager to head into the international break with a 100% record from their opening five games.
 
In red hot form and brimming with confidence, the Blues almost broke the deadlock within the first minute, as Steph Houghton sought her fourth goal in as many games but sliced over the bar. Jane Ross then spurned the chance to open the scoring from the spot. Having been upended by goalkeeper Jasmin Boisits, she stepped up to take the penalty but saw her low effort saved.
Nikita Parris then almost broke the deadlock, delightfully nutmegging her defender before curling just wide.
 
As the hosts shifted a gear in an attempt to turn the screw, they found Boisits in fine form. The goalkeeper denied Scott, Izzy Christiansen and Jen Beattie in quick succession before Parris made it 1-0 on the night, collecting Abbie McManus' cross and poking into the roof of the net.
 
Georgia Stanway almost doubled the lead with a long range effort which whistled just wide, before Jill Scott netted the second with a glorious finish, winning a header in the final third, receiving Izzy Christiansen's lay off and curling over the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
 
Substitute Melissa Lawley sealed the victory, controlling in the area before smashing in off the post, to send the Blues through in style.
 
Glasgow City faced the daunting task of overcoming a three-goal deficit at home to BIIK-Kazygurt and suffered a disastrous start when Chinwendu Ihezuo gave the Kazakhstan side the lead on the night.
 
City got the breakthrough they needed two minutes before half time when Abbie Grant levelled the scores on the night and the young striker then out them in front early in the second half.
 
Noelle Murray made it three and Grant completed her hat-trick to level things up on aggregate, but they still needed one more. They were awarded a penalty with seven minutes remaining but Leanne Ross struck the woodwork and despite several other attempts on goal, they could not force another and BIIK made it through on away goals.
 

 
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