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Chelsea will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 16 tie against Fiorentina after Karen Carney's early penalty gave them victory in the first meeting between the sides at Kingsmeadow.
Chelsea went into the game seeking an early goal and they were given a great chance to take the lead in the ninth minute when Erin Cuthbert broke down the right and her cross struck the hand of Stephanie Breitner as she attempted to block. Carney stepped up to slot the resulting penalty past the diving Stephanie Ohrstrom and Chelsea were in front.
Ohrstrom was called into action again with a crucial save which denied Fran Kirby after her shot on the turn following a Ramona Bachmann cross. Cuthbert was foiled by a great challenge from Laura Agard as she looked poised to score and Ohrstrom saved again from a Millie Bright header.
Chelsea piled on the pressure during the second half but were kept out time and time again by the excellent Ohrstrom who pulled off a series of fine saves. She came off her line quickly to block from Bachmann following a good Chelsea move and then pulled off three saves in quick succession to twice deny Kirby and Carney. Try as they might, Chelsea just could not come up with a second goal on the night but will be satisfied with their lead going into the return leg and, most importantly, a clean sheet.
The second leg in Florence will take place on Wednesday 31st October at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
However, Glasgow City's hopes of reaching the quarter finals for the second time appear to be over after they were beaten 5-0 by Barcelona in the first leg of their tie.
At the Mini Estadi, in the shadow of the Nou Camp, City started the game brightly but found themselves behind after 12 minutes when Kheira Hamraoui curled in a delightful shot from the edge of the area. Patricia Guijarro crashed a shot against the bar but two goals in a four minute spell just before half time, from Aitana Bonmati and Guijarro, put Barcelona in control of the tie.
After the break, Barcelona sought more goals and the pressure told at the midpoint of the second half when Alexander, who had pulled off a string of good saves, fumbled a shot from Andressa Alves at her near post, the ball squirting over the line for the fourth. Maria Leon then drilled home the final goal via a low 20-yard shot with nine minutes remaining to round off a good night for a strong Barcelona side which has one foot in the last eight.
Glasgow City will get another crack against their Spanish opponents in the second leg, which will be played at Petershill Park on Thursday 1st November.
Elsewhere, Izzy Christiansen was on the scoresheet as holders Olympique Lyonnais all but booked a place in the quarter finals with a 4-0 away win over Ajax Amsterdam, whilst VfL Wolfsburg defeated Atletico Madrid 4-0. Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich are in the driving seat following away wins in their respective ties but perhaps the most impressive result of the eight ties was achieved by Sparta Prague, who will take a 3-2 lead into the second leg of their tie, at home to FC Rosengard.
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