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Chelsea and Manchester City will take their places in the last sixteen of the UEFA Women's Champions League after completing the second legs of their respective ties with victories, but Glasgow City have bowed out of the competition at the Round of 32 stage.
Manchester City were first in action on Wednesday afternoon as they faced FC Goteborg at the Academy Stadium, having won the first leg 2-1 in Sweden seven days earlier. Gareth Taylor's side were quick out of the blocks and Ellen White almost gave them an early lead but on 36 minutes, they got the goal they craved to put them well in charge of the tie - and it was a goal worth waiting for. Lauren Hemp broke down the wing and cut inside before unleashing a powerful strike which sailed over Goteborg goalkeeper Jennifer Falk and into the back of the net.
Sam Mewis hit the post in search of a second and, after the break, Alex Greenwood almost doubled the lead with a strike from fully 40 yards which brought out a good save from Falk. Ellie Roebuck then pulled off a fine stop of her own at the other end to deny Vilde Boe Rise but City were then to go ahead, Georgia Stanway slotting home the rebound after White's shot had been saved. Two minutes later, Stanway again scored from the rebound from a White shot to seal a 3-0 win on the night, and 5-1 on aggregate.
Chelsea's return meeting with SL Benfica would be little more than a formality after the Blues had run out 5-0 winners in the first leg. It took 28 minutes for Emma Hayes' side to open the scoring, Beth England giving them the lead on the night. Chelsea continued to dominate matters and pressed for a second but their finishing let them down on occasions and they had to wait until midway through the second half, Guro Reiten's through ball picking out the run of Sam Kerr who finished clinically. There was a special moment for Drew Spence as she came on as a substitute with fifteen minutes remaining, marking her 200th appearance for the club. Chelsea were to round off a 3-0 win as the game went into injury time as another substitute, Fran Kirby, sent in a low cross which England converted at the second attempt, for her second goal.
Glasgow City faced the toughest test as they sought to overturn a 2-1 deficit from their first leg with Sparta Prague. Things got worse for them with just seven minutes on the clock as Lucie Martinkova found space on the edge of the area to steer her shot beyond the dive of Lee Alexander and into the corner of the net, putting the Czech Republic side two goals ahead on aggregate. Jenna Clark nearly levelled the scores on the night with a strike which brought out a good save by Hana Sloupova and just before half time, Tyler Toland found the net from 25 yards but the effort was ruled out for a foul in the build up.
City tried hard to get back in the tie after the break with Maddie Fulton going close but at the other end, it took a goal line clearance from Clark to prevent Martinkova from scoring her second. City were awarded a penalty for handball late on but captain Leanne Ross' kick brought out a good save from Sloupova. Sparta held out for a 1-0 win on the night and 3-1 victory on aggregate.
The draw for the Round of 16 will take place in February.
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