The first of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32 clashes got underway. With plenty of Westfield Matildas in action, here is a wrap of the action.
Juventus v Lyon
Widely touted as the tie of the Round of 32, Juventus and Lyon did not disappoint. Ellie Carpenter made her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut in the reigning champions 3-2 win over Juve.
The sides went goal for goal with the Italian champions taking an early lead through Lina Hurtig before Wendie Renard levelled things from the spot. A Kadeisha Buchanan own goal put Juve back in front but Melvine Malard equalised.
It took a Saki Kumagai goal in the 88th minute to eventually earn the win. The second leg back in Lyon is set to be a cracking encounter.
Benfica v Chelsea
Chelsea brought their winning form with them from London to Lisbon with a convincing 5-0 win over Benfica. Although Sam Kerr did not feature in the match, sitting it out on the bench, her team mates were in a goal scoring mood.
Fran Kirby, so often the provider, bagged two goal of her own, with Pernille Harder, Millie Bright, and Beth England round out the goals.
The Blues travel to Brighton on the weekend for FA WSL, before hosting the Portuguese champions for a place in the next stages of the tournament.
PSV v Barcelona
Amy Harrison made her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut in PSV’s 4-1 loss to Barcelona in Eindhoven. An early goal for Jenni Hermoso and an unfortunate own goal from PSV set the Spanish side up for a strong win.
Asisat Oshoala and Lieke Martens also found the back of the net before Joelle Smits found an 89th minute consolation goal. The teams will meet again in Barcelona next week. Kyah Simon was not in the match day squad.
Servette FC v Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid travelled to Switzerland and came away with the win following their clash with Servette FC. The Spanish giants fell behind twice and were trailing at half time. But goals from Ludmila, Deyna Castellanos and Emelyne Laurent in the second half secured the win.
The team will now return to Madrid in a strong position to qualify for the Round of 16. Alex Chidiac was an unused substitute on the bench.
LSK v FC Minsk
Although Karly Roestbakken did not feature due to injury, her side LSK got off to a great start securing a 2-0 win in Belarus against FC Minsk. The team will return to Norway, take part in the Norwegian Women’s Cup final against Vålerenga, before hosting the return leg of this UWCL match next week.