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Chelsea and Manchester City have taken huge strides towards the quarter finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League with convincing victories in their first leg ties this week.
Chelsea were first in action on Wednesday night against FC Rosengard of Sweden, and were very quickly into their stride, pinning the Swedish side back and somehow did not score in a huge goalmouth scramble which Rosengard somehow survived.
Katie Chapman and Ji So-Yun both brought out good saves but Chelsea broke the deadlock on 33 minutes when Fran Kirby received the ball from Maren Mjelde and cut into the area before curling home an unstoppable shot.
The pattern of the game continued after the break with Chelsea continuing to call the shots and at the midway point, they took a firm grip on the tie when Ramona Bachmann finished clinically from the edge of the area to double the lead against her former club.
Before Rosengard could recover, Gilly Flaherty put Chelsea further ahead when she finished off the rebound after Kirby's initial shot had been blocked following a free kick. Magdalena Eriksson almost made it four late on but Chelsea go into next week's second leg in Sweden, very much in the driving seat.
Manchester City meanwhile travelled to Norway to take on LSK Kvinner and for the second round running, have made the second leg something of a formality following an impressive 5-0 win.
The home side enjoyed most of the early possession in the first fifteen minutes, but still didn't create many chances which meant keeper Karen Bardsley was rarely called upon. Nikita Parris was the first to try her luck but her shot in the 21st minute sailed over the crossbar. Next up, Izzy Christiansen attempted a volley just minutes after Parris' overshot, but LSK ‘keeper, Fiskerstrand, comfortably caught the effort.
Then, in came Demi Stokes just minutes after the two attempts on target to expertly drive her finish in the goal and give the visitors a 1-0 lead over LSK Kvinner.
Stokes' goal seemed to ignite a fire within Nick Cushing's side and the impact was instant. The ladies' determination was clearly visible on the pitch and just moments after Stokes' successful strike there appeared to be attempts left, right and centre.
Megan Campbell's curled cross found Parris and the forward's diving header slipped inches wide of the goal post, while skipper Steph Houghton's header looked likely to double their lead but - again - fired wide.
The second of City's goals came shortly before the half time whistle after the Blues were awarded a penalty due to Jane Ross being upended. Christiansen took her place on the penalty spot and her strike was clean and determined as it shot past the goalkeeper into the bottom left hand corner to double City's lead.
After a dazzling end to the first half, the second initially seemed a little more subdued until substitute Claire Emslie fired an incredible shot a secured City's third goal of the night. The Scot curled a glorious long effort into the far corner which picked up the game once more and made it 3-0 away in Norway.
Shortly after Emslie made it three, Ross added to the score sheet with a clean and polished header. The ball was driven to the perfect spot for Ross by Abbie McManus and resulted in the fourth goal of the eventful match.
Not long after, Ross headed home her second of the night in the after opening goalscorer, Stokes' magnificent cross which made it 5-0 for the visitors.
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