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Glasgow City have gone out of the UEFA Women's Champions League at the quarter final stage after being overwhelmed by a powerful Wolfsburg side in San Sebastian.
However, a sense of perspective must be applied as the SWPL Champions were playing their first match for five months and face a daunting task against their prestigious opponents who have won the competition twice and were led by their Danish star Pernille Harder, who scored four times.
City could well have had the first opportunity early on as Krystyna Freda chased a long ball forward but a poor offside decision denied her a shot on goal. Wolfsburg began to assume control though and took the lead on 16 minutes as Harder exchanged passes with Ewa Pajor before drilling in a low shot which took a slight deflection off Janine van Wyk.
Four minutes later and it was two; this time City will be disappointed with conceding this goal as Ingrid Syrstad Engen ran in unmarked to head in from close range from a corner.
The extra fitness of the German side was to tell on the stroke of half time as City were dealt a double blow. First, Engen netted her second when she swept home a Pajor cross and Harder did likewise in the second minute of injury time.
Die Wolfe showed no signs of letting up after the break and further increased their lead as Svenja Huth crossed from the right for Harder to give Lee Alexander no chance with a downward header to complete her hat-trick.
However City were then to produce a reply of their own, reducing the arrears in spectacular style. Lauren Wade chased a long ball forward down the left and the Northern Ireland international unleashed a strike from 20 yards over Friederike Abt and into the far top corner to give her side a memorable moment to celebrate.
Wolfsburg were to respond just five minutes later though, a dancing run from the superb Harder carrying her into the area and although she was denied by an excellent block from Zaneta Wyne, the ball ran loose for Felicitas Rauch to guide her shot into the corner of the net.
Harder then added her fourth with another firm header from a Huth free kick and with City tiring badly, captain Leanne Ross sent a diving header into her own net when trying to clear another dangerous cross.
To their immense credit, City did not give up and were unlucky not to pull a goal back when a volley from the edge of the area by Leanne Crichton hit the bar and Aoife Corvill headed over from the rebound.
The scoring was completed in injury time in fortuitous fashion as Lena Oberdorf broke down the left and her cross deflected off Jenna Clark and looped over substitute goalkeeper Erin Clachers before dropping inside the far post.
It was an overwhelming result but it should not be forgotten that Glasgow City have equalled their best ever run in the competition and to reach the last eight is an outstanding achievement in itself, especially when looking at the names of the other seven teams at that stage.
Wolfsburg can now look forward to a semi final against last season's beaten finalists Barcelona, who got past fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid with a 1-0 win. The Atletico side included England internationals Toni Duggan and Jade Moore and battled bravely until ten minutes from time, when Kheira Hamraoui scored the only goal of the game.
Glasgow City: Lee Alexander (sub Erin Clachers 83mins), Rachel McLauchlan, Zaneta Wyne, Janine van Wyk, Joanne Love (sub Kirsty Howat 64mins), Leanne Crichton, Sharon Wojcik (sub Aoife Corvill 78mins), Leanne Ross, Samantha Kerr, Lauren Wade (sub Megan Foley 78mins), Krystyna Freda.
VfL Wolfsburg: Friederike Abt, Kathrin-Julia Hendrich (sub Dominique Jansson 60mins), Joelle Wedermeyer, Ingrid Syrstad Engen, Sara Doorsoun-Khajeh (sub Anna Blasse 75mins), Lena Goessling, Fridolina Rolfo (sub Felicitas Rauch), Pernille Harder, Ewa Pajor (sub Pauline Bremer 45mins), Svenja Huth, Alexandra Popp (sub Lena Oberdorf 81mins).
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