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Everton completed the task of booking their place in the last eight of the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time in their history by sharing a 1-1 draw with Brondby and a 5-2 victory on aggregate.
Only a four-goal defeat at the Halton Stadium could have prevented Mo Marley's side from progressing and, despite an early setback, they never really looked in danger of relinquishing their first leg advantage.
Brondby came out seeking an early goal and they were rewarded in the 11th minute as Sanne Troelsgaard drilled home a shot after Nanna Christiansen's initial effort had been blocked.
However Everton soon settled with Jill Scott and Natasha Dowie having shots saved by Stina Petersen and Toni Duggan headed wide from close range.
There was a moment of controversy five minutes before half time as Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown handled outside the area but she was shown a yellow card, when it could easily have been red. The resulting free kick, taken by Troelsgaard, was headed off the line by Fara Williams.
After the break, Lucy Bronze headed off the line during a goalmouth scramble to prevent her side going two behind but Everton got the goal they needed to settle any nerves. A back pass by Cecilie Sandvej was too short and, under pressure from Dowie, Petersen's clearance went straight to Jill Scott who returned the ball into the empty net.
Moments later, Everton were nearly in front as Gwennan Harries struck the post with a shot but they were able to play out the late stages in safety and they can now set their sights on the quarter finals.
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