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There were mixed fortunes for the five British teams in UEFA Women's Champions League action on Sunday, with two enjoying comfortable victories and the other three going down to narrow defeats.
Arsenal were the only team in action in the 'third place' section and swept smoothly into the Final with a 4-0 victory over Kazakhstan side Okzhetpes in Moscow. The Gunners were two ahead inside the opening eighteen minutes thanks to Mana Iwabuchi and a Kim Little penalty, and after the break, they went on to crown the win with further goals from Beth Mead and Nikita Parris.
Next up for Arsenal in Sunday's final will be PSV Eindhoven, who defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 3-1 with goals from Esmee Brugts, Maruschka Waldus and Amalie Thestrup.
Glasgow City also had a straight forward progession, winning 3-0 against Birkirkara. All three of City's goals came in the first half with Clare Shine giving them a third minute lead, Priscilla Chinchilla quickly adding a second and recent signing Vital Kats making it three just before half time.
The Final will also be at Broadwood Stadium on Sunday and pitches City against another Kazakhstan side in BIIK-Shymkent, who reached this stage with a 4-0 victory over Slovan Bratislava, Racheal Kundananji scoring twice along with Kennedy Rose and Prisca Chilufya.
Celtic will have to settle for a third place match after they went down 2-1 to Spanish side Levante in Trondheim. After Chloe Logan had saved a penalty, Levante took the lead five minutes later through Sandie Toletti and Alba Redondo Ferrer made it two after the break. Celtic pulled a goal back in rather bizarre fashion when a free kick from inside her own half by Caitlin Hayes deceived the Levante keeper but Celtic could not conjure up an equaliser, going closest in injury time when an Isibeal Atkinson free kick flew inches over the bar.
Levante will go on to play hosts Rosenborg in the Final, whilst Celtic must take on FC Minsk for third place.
Glentoran were another side to suffer a narrow defeat, beaten 1-0 by Swiss champions Servette FCCF. The only goal of the game came in the second minute, scored by Jade Boho Sayo. Servette will be up against Finnish side Aland in the Final, Glentoran meanwhile play Olimpia Cruj from Romania.
Swansea City meanwhile went all the way to extra time in their semi final against CSKA Moscow but eventually succumbed 4-1 to CSKA Moscow. The Swans battled hard to keep on level terms throughout the match and although they went one behind with two minutes remaining when Nevena Damjanovic scored, hit back to equalise through Chloe Chivers deep into injury time. CSKA retook the lead in the first minute of extra time, Nadezjda Smirnova scoring, and in the second period, goals in quick succession from Smirnova and Margarita Chernomyrdina ended all hopes of another Swansea fightback.
The win takes CSKA through to play hosts Apollon Limassol, whilst Swansea now face Dinamo-BSUPC of Belarus.
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