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Arsenal have gone through to the group stages of the UEFA Women's Champions League but Manchester City and Glasgow City will not be joining them after exiting the competition at the Second Round stage.
The Gunners were already 3-0 up from the first leg against Slavia Prague last week and completed the job with a return 4-0 win in the Czech Republic to ensure that they, along with Chelsea who were one of four exemptions, are in the last sixteen of the revamped tournament.
The game turned out to be a historic night for Dutch maestro Vivianne Miedema, who opened the scoring after a goalless first half and went on to score a 12 minute hat-trick, her third goal taking her to 100 in all competitions for Arsenal in a remarkable 110 games. Kim Little rounded off a good night for her team when she scored their final goal, to complete a 7-0 aggregate victory.
However it was disappointment for the other two British teams who were competing at this stage as they were on the receiving end of home defeats after having drawn the away leg.
Manchester City tumbled out after a 1-0 home defeat to Real Madrid, after having conceded a late equaliser in the first leg. The Cityzens were unable to make the most of their chances on the night and succumbed when Claudia Zornoza Sanchez scored for Real, just before half time. City could not get back on level terms and it is Real Madrid who take their place in the group stages at the first attempt.
The result means that Manchester City have gone out of the competition to a Spanish team for the fourth season in a row.
Glasgow City played host to Servette having also drawn 1-1 over in Switzerland through a superb volley from Clare Shine. Things were looking good for the SWPL champions when Priscilla Chinchilla broke through to give them the lead after fourteen minutes but a nightmare seven minute spell either side of half time saw them concede twice. First, Jade Boho Sayo rifled home following an indirect free kick in the area and then Sandy Maendly nodded home after Lee Alexander had brilliantly saved Boho Sayo's initial shot. City pressed hard afterwards but Servette stood firm and the task was too much for Grant Scott's side who could not find another breakthrough and narrowly missed out.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea will learn who their group opponents will be when the draw for that stage is made at UEFA Headquarters on Monday.
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