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 Women's Football UEFA Women's Champions League - 4 Oct 2019
 
The draw for the Round of 16 in the UEFA Women's Champions League was made on Monday.
 
Former England international Karen Carney, who was a winner of the competiition in 2007 with Arsenal, made the draw along with UEFA's Head of Women's Football, Nadine Kessler.
 
The eight sides with the highest cofficients were seeded and placed in a separate pot from the unseeded teams. One team was drawn from each pot, then placed in a second pot with the first team picked out at home in the opening leg. No club could meet a team from their own association.
 
Of the sixteen teams involved in the draw, Olympique Lyonnais have been in this round in all eleven seasons since its introduction, as they chase a record seventh title and fifth in a row. The first leg of their tie will make them the first club to reach 100 games in the competition. VfL Wolfsburg and Arsenal are the other former winners involved, while Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain and Fortuna Hjorring are past finalists.
 
FC Minsk are the first Belarusian side to compete in this round; their previous best run came when they lost to Barcelona in the 2016-17 Round of 32. Along with Minsk, FC Twente, Breidablik and BIIK-Kazygurt began in the qualifying round - four teams is the most since 2010-11, the last year that all national runners-up (including from the top nations) started in qualifying.
 
As for the draw, two of the three remaining British teams will be at home in their respective first legs. Manchester City will be up against familiar opponents in the shape of Atletico Madrid, whose side is likely to contain former City striker Toni Duggan, as well as goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, who left Arsenal at the end of last season. AtlÚtico knocked out City in the Round of 32 last season, the first time and so far only time that City have failed to make the semi finals in three entries.
 
Glasgow City meanwhile will play host to Brondby in the first leg of their tie. Scott Booth's side are one round away from emulating their best ever run in the competition but the Danish Champions will be a tough obstacle for them. Brondby were knocked out at this stage last season but have got as far as the semi finals on three occasions in the past, including in 2007 when they were beaten by Arsenal.
 
Arsenal themselves will be away in the first leg of their tie, against SK Slavia Praha, who were the conquerors of Hibernian in the previous round. Slavia reached the quarter finals for the third time last season and are experienced European campaigners.
 
UEFA has also announced that the 2021 Champions League Final will be played at Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg, but there is bad news for Scotland in that they will only have one team competing next season, having fallen out of the 12 highest ranking nations. Russia have suffered the same but the Netherlands and Kazakhstan will have two teams in next season's competition.
 
UEFA Women's Champions League Round of 16 draw (ties to be played on 16/17 October):
 
Glasgow City FC (SCO)vBr°ndby IF (DEN)
FC Barcelona (ESP)vFC Minsk (BLR)
WFC BIIK-Kazygurt (KAZ)vFC Bayern MŘnchen (GER)
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)vFortuna Hj°rring (DEN)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)vBreidablik (ISL)
VfL Wolfsburg (GER)vFC Twente (NED)
SK Slavia Praha (CZE)vArsenal Women FC (ENG)
Manchester City (ENG)vClub AtlÚtico de Madrid (ESP)

 

 
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