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Chelsea and Manchester City made it safely through to the quarter finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League following successful trips in their respective second legs this week.
Chelsea took a two-goal lead into their tie with Atletico Madrid, which was played in Monza,and a 1-1 draw was enough to see them progress although the Spanish side were once again left to regret failures from the penalty spot.
There were not too many scares for the Blues during the first half and indeed they went close to opening the scoring when a shot from Pernille Harder flashed inches wide. However, Ann-Katrin Berger needed to make a good save from a Toni Duggan volley to ensure that the scoreline remained goalless at the break.
Atletico began to step up the pressure after the break and appeared to be given a lifeline when Niamh Charles was penalised for handball and a penalty was awarded. The home side has seen two spot kicks saved in the first leg the previous week and remarkably, this opportunity was passed up as well, Duggan crashing her shot against the bar.
Chelsea immediately went on the counter attack and were awarded a penalty themselves, also for handball. Once again history repeated itself from the first leg as Maren Mjelde confidently slotted home to give her side an away goal.
Emelyne Laurent did level the scores on the day in injury time but it was too little, too late for Atletico who will rue their failures from the penalty spot over the two legs, whilst Chelsea will look forward to Friday's quarter final (and semi final) draw.
Manchester City were three goals up going into their return meeting with Fiorentina and eased into the last eight by running out five goals winners on the day.
The tie was effectively put beyond doubt as early as the eighth minute, when Ellen White finished off following good work by Lauren Hemp. Nine minutes later, City were two ahead as Esme Morgan's header struck the hand of Nicolo Zanoli and Caroline Weir tucked home the resulting penalty.
Lana Clelland was denied by a good save from debutant Karima Taieb at the other end but City continued to look strong going forward and White netted her second, from yet another Hemp cross, to put them further ahead.
City introduced Sam Mewis at the break and the American international crowned a good day for her side who two clinical second half finishes to round off a 5-0 victory, and eight goals overall.
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