Glasgow City finished top of Group 8 in the first round of the UEFA Women’s Champions League after drawing 1-1 with Finnish Champions PK-35 Vantaa in Finland yesterday. The Scottish champions now progress to the last 32 knock-out stage of this season's competition.
Jane Ross got City off to a perfect start, scoring after only four minutes following a great ball from Eilish McSorley, with the City and Scotland forward collecting the ball brilliantly before lobbing it over the outrushing keeper.
Against the run of play PK-35 equalised beating the offside trap to race through on the City goal unopposed, with Nigerian striker Cynthia Uwak rounding Claire Johnstone in the City nets to score with ease.
City passed up the chance to go in front once again as Leanne Ross saw her penalty saved after Christie Murray was brought down in the box as she rounded the goalkeeper, a challenge that saw the PK-35 number 1 receive a yellow card for her troubles.
Despite City dominating possession and creating numerous chances, the game finished 1-1, which in the end was all they needed as they finished top of Group 8 on goal difference and now progress to Europe’s elite knock-out stages for a record breaking second year running.
Commenting on the match, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, "We are delighted to be in the next round. This was our objective and we have achieved it. Probably the most pleasing thing for me is to see the girls so disappointed not to have won the game. They have set such high standards for themselves that topping the group isn’t good enough for them, they wanted to win this match."
"I knew with 10 minutes to go a draw would see us through, but we were determined to remain true to our philosophy and we continued to push forward to win the match. Congratulations to everyone involved in the club on another great achievement."
Congratulations to Glasgow City players and staff on their fantastic achievement from all at SWF and good luck to them as they aim for further Champions League success this season.