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Two of the three British teams competing in the Round of 32 in the UEFA Women's Champions League have gone through to the next stage, but Manchester City's hopes of at least reaching the semi finals for a third successive year are in tatters.
Nick Cushing's side went into the second leg of their tie with Atletico Madrid on level terms, a last minute equaliser in the previous meeting having earned the Spanish Champions a 1-1 draw. However, City found themselves up against it as early as the fourth minute, when Silvia Meseguer converted a cross at the far post and gave Atletico a valuable away goal.
Georgia Stanway forced Dolores Gallardo to make a brilliant save at the other end but Atletico were controlling the game and in first half injury time, Ludmila da Silva buried a shot past Karen Bardsley after running at the City defence and gave the home side a mountain to climb in the second half.
City introduced Nadia Nadim and Tessa Wullaert at half time but they could not get themselves back into the game. A late push saw both Nikita Parris and Caroline Weir strike the woodwork, and Jennifer Beattie have a goal disallowed, but Atletico were deserved winners on the night and they take their place in the last sixteen for the first time.
Chelsea meanwhile had no such problems, already five up from the first leg against SFK 2000 Sarajevo, they cruised to a 6-0 victory in the return meeting at Kingsmeadow.
Chelsea's struggles to find the net domestically were nowhere to be seen as Drew Spence gave them the lead after just five minutes and Fran Kirby added a second on the half hour. Maren Mjelde curled in a 25-yard free kick early in the second half, with Kirby completing her double from Erin Cuthbert's through ball. Hannah Blundell tapped in the fifth late on and although Kirby was denied a hat-trick when her penalty was saved by Envera Hasanbegovic, Cuthbert followed up to score the sixth and final goal from the rebound.
On Thursday night, Glasgow City went into the second leg of their tie with Somatio Barcelona with a two-goal lead but the Petershill Park crowd were stunned after six minutes when Krystyna Freda put the Cypriot side in front with an emphatic finish. City pressed hard for an equaliser on the night but could not fashion a clear cut chance in front of goal whilst having to remain vigilant at the other end. Kirsty Howat had a shot saved and Samantha Kerr's well struck effort was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Anna James-Buhigas, but City just could not break through on the night. A physically strong Somatio inflicted late pressure to try and take the tie to extra time but City defended stoutly with 16-year-old Carly Girasoli impressing in the centre. Although beaten 1-0 on the night, City are safely into Monday's draw for the Round of 16.
Elsewhere, Lana Clelland had a great night as she scored both goals for Fiorentina in their 2-0 win at Fortuna Hjorring and Fiona Brown was also on target as FC Rosengard also won 2-0 against Ryazan-VDV. Toni Duggan helped Barcelona overcome a 3-1 deficit to progress past BIIK-Kazygurt and both Lucy Bronze and Izzy Christiansen played in Olympique Lyonnais' win over Avaldsnes. Mary Earps and Emma Jones saw their interest continue as VfL Wolfsburg and Linkoping both went through but Eniola Aluko and Lianne Sanderson will have to wait another year after Juventus were beaten 1-0 by Brondby and went out on aggregate.
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