Four goals from Inka Grings ensured FCR 2001 Duisburg built a healthy lead against CSHVSM as the UEFA Women's Champions League round of 32 first legs continued on Thursday.
Duisburg's German rivals, 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam, began their title defence with a 9-0 win at Åland United among 11 games yesterday. And FCR, who preceded Potsdam as European champions, also picked up a comfortable victory in a trip to competition newcomers, prevailing 5-0 against CSHVSM in Kazakhstan. Grings, who only made her European debut in Duisburg's first UEFA Women's Cup season of 2008/09, is now fifth on the all-time scorers' list with 27 goals; she now has 16 in ten competitive club fixtures this term. Simone Laudehr was also on target.
FCR were among nine sides to come through the qualifying round; two more – Breidablik and FCF Juvisy Essonne – were rematched having drawn 3-3 at that stage. Like that game, their first leg tonight was in Iceland but the contest proved more one-sided this time around. Sandrine Soubeyrand gave the visitors an early lead and second-half efforts from Gaëtane Thiney and Laëtitia Tonazzi earned the French side a 3-0 success.
Valur Reykjavík were in confident mood ahead of their trip to Rayo Vallecano having recently sealed a fifth straight Icelandic title, but they were resoundingly beaten 3-0 in Madrid. Captain Natalia led the way for the Spanish outfit with a fourth-minute opener with goals either side of the break by Adriana and Jenifer Hermoso building a significant buffer ahead of the return. In tonight's other game, MTK Hungária FC produced a gritty display to hold Everton to a goalless draw in Budapest, the visitors hitting the woodwork three times.
One more first leg, between K. Sint-Truidense VV and AC Sparta Praha, is played next Tuesday. The second legs are on 13 and 14 October and the round of 16 draw is already made.
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